Reflective Essay

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While many moral absolutists believe in a black or white world regarding ethics, I believe there is a gray area of uncertainty in every moral situation. I believe most moral issues are often ambiguous and have multiple viewpoints to judge them on, but that they do not neatly fall into a category of right or wrong. Personally, I do not think the morals of any person should be automatically judged because morals are usually based on the culture and the environment in which a person is raised.
The philosophical idea of tabula rasa explores a theory that every person is born as a blank, uninfluenced slate with no sense of ethics or morality. However, moral standards begin to form as the person ...view middle of the document...

Because the family and parents greatly influence the moral structure of children as they grow up, the morals of every person will vary according to the right’s and wrong’s they were taught as a child.
While parents influence the morals of their children, the cultural surroundings influence every generation of a family and often determine the morals that are passed down from parent to child. For some reason, Americans seems to have a much lower level of cultural awareness compared to other countries. Often Americans do not get to experience exotic cultures or do not understand that other cultures create completely different lifestyles. Because of this ignorance, Americans often view of the morals of other cultures as incorrect, but in reality how do we know our morals are more correct than others? We don’t. In Amish culture, it is believed that the use of modern electronics and technology is morally wrong, but obviously this moral standard is not upheld throughout the majority of America. Because the Amish culture is much different from American culture, the Amish believe in a very different set of moral standards. The Amish believe their morals are correct and pass them down among generations as well as attempt to conform to the morals of their past. Trying to teach their people moral absolutes, ethics cannot be questioned in the Amish society and often a person is exiled and shunned if they disobey these ideals. In a similar fashion, I often ponder the morals that terrorists are raised to believe. Americans are quick to condemn terrorists for harming our nation and our people; however, terrorists are often raised in a culture where they believe the actions they fulfill are morally right. As children, terrorists are taught that harming others is their moral obligation and that it is praiseworthy to do so. This idea is ingrained in their minds in the same way Americans are taught that murder is an unforgiveable sin. Because of these cultural differences and various ideas of morality, I do not believe individuals should be judged based on their moral standards because they cannot be blamed for the ethical ideas that they were taught to believe as canon fact.
Finally, I do not believe morals can be defined because moral standards have changed over time. If morals were concrete ideals, they would never change or sway according to the time period they were applied in. During the Civil War era, no one would bat an...

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