Instinctual desires, ensconced in civilized cultivation and domestication, have decayed from natural proclivities to animalistic aberrations targeted for elimination from the human psyche. When present in our actions or thoughts, Human Nature’s enemy proceeds to persecute, steadfast in its self-proclaimed honor, a virtue perceived by mankind as Morality. We may procure this maltreatment from others, but most likely we observe the war in ourselves. We, in the society that birthed us, are raised by a certain standard of codes, deliberately taught in all areas of our life, to ensure the growing civility of man. These guidelines, commonly known as Ethics, have evolved as we have, imprinting in our mind a sense of righteousness that accompanies a creature that deems itself of having the highest intelligence. Because we have the conscious thought to do so, mankind has burdened itself to make rules defining what is good and what is evil, often hiding their resolutions behind the façade of religion. Are we justified in putting a label on our actions, as either just or unjust? Your immediate answer may be no, and in such case, do you believe that murder is rightly condemned as “evil?” If your immediate answer was yes, where do we assign the line between good and bad? Are we allotted a “morally gray area”, even if that is only a wall to hide our insecurities about our place in the world and the effects of our actions? Where is your line and your gray area? Before you answer, consider: The significance of one human’s actions can be both immense and insignificant. If murder is evil, it can be accomplished by either the pull of a trigger or the moving of lips to form words that may not even hint at offence, but only one is considered to be a crime. Where, I ask you now, is your Moral line drawn?
I’d wager not many can answer that question on the foreign concept of instinct or Nature anymore.
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