Morality

Not your most appealing word: morality. Morality is connected with duty, another failure on the popular market. The terms seem to connote outmoded constraints on our freedom. But if we probe the meaning of this topic and make connections with the material-causal process that surrounds us and the divine values of the spirit within, then morality becomes a high adventure. Then we discover true freedom.

I think that the reality of this topic dawns when the child first brings together the meanings of (1) the factual situation and (2) the spiritual value of goodness that is called for in a situation and makes a personal and wholehearted moral decision. This decision is not a matter of conformity to the social standard of an authority, nor an affair of getting along with one’s social group, nor the conclusion of an isolated intellect. Rather the intellect is engaged in integrating facts, meanings, and values in a progressive way. And all this can be achieved by a child who would hardly understand this philosophical explanation. But from that moment forward, the person acquires a certain independence, an authority of his or her own; moral intuition has been activated, the capacity for insight, asking questions and protesting against what is manifestly wrong, to suffer not just physically and emotionally, but soulfully when morality is absent, and to rejoice when moral conduct flourishes in love, the highest motivation.

Ultimately, morality is about the will of the God who lovingly, patiently, mercifully, leads us forward.

Here are some blog posts that emphasize moral themes.