Tuesday, January 25, 2005

A world of choas

Ever wonder where we would be without moral people? Theres a lot of people...corporate leaders...judges....police officers...tons of people...who try to cheat, lie, and take advantage of others to get ahead in life. I just heard the other day about a judge who was paid off to rule a defendant not guilty. This just made me think about how this world can continue to twirl amidst such corruption.

I mean think about it. Who stops these people? who stops the mcdonalds employee from stealing money, from the manager from overlooking it, from corporate hot shots from embezzling??? i guess we got law enforcement. but what if these people decided not to care. what happens then? government?? what, when we elect people like bill clinton to office? it could turn into a nasty circle of death, where everything implodes on itself because everyone is cheating everyone else.

I just realized that in the end, if we didn't have moral people..people who actually care how others act, people who practice the golden rule, who believe in justice, integrity, character...people who want this world to be a safe place...a place where we can go out and walk the streets at night. its not these organizations themselves, but the individual people that work there. Its you and me who decide that this place can be a place where we can raise our children. How funny that this is what Jesus taught us....hmmmm..

-JJ

5 comments:

J-Wild said...

"If we didn't have moral people...people who actually care how others act..."Is the idea of being a moral person tied with caring about how another person acts? Society holds people accountable for their actions...actions that infringe on the rights and protections of another person, but I am not sure if morality is the measuring stick by which those laws are made or enforced. Individual people, though well meaning, can still contibute to corrupt and damaged systems. You talked about justice, charecter, itegrity and you correlated that with walking the streets safely at night. What if others "rights" are being suppressed so that 'we' can walk the streets safely at night? Is that fair, or does the ends justify the means?
I say this as a person who voted for Bush (twice), but it's hardly fair to say that Clinton's mistake of lying to a Grand Jury is even comparable to Bush misleading (at best) people about the threat posed by Iraq. Wasn't it Bush that said in the debates "I can't think of a mistake I have made!" That is an unbelievable statement, and one that lacks integrity, morality, and charecter - but I digress. You are right in saying that it is so important that our own moral compasses are fixed on a "true north" so to speak, and that our own internal charecter is absolutely paramount. Expecting our leaders, government, and law enforcement systems to be that "north" is a dangerous proposition.

Kate said...

Isn't there a difference between morals and ethics? I agree with a lot of what J-Wild said, but I think the problem is that America is being caught up on this topic due to the language being used. I think people can be ethical without being moral...I think people's morals may or may not affect their ethics...People can have the same ethics but different morals...
I would love for Americans to live by Christian morals - but that isn't what democracy is about. What we need in America is people behaving ethically. I think Jeremy is right in saying that it is up to us - we, as individuals, need to bring morals to those ethics.
I think I need to take an Ethics class to see if what I'm talking about actually makes sense...

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Blog ho said...

Jesus is dead, long live Jesus.

The Juice said...

I just wanna say that i didn't mean people to get caught up in the meaning/definition whatever of "moral" or whatever. You all know what i mean. Its just kinda scary how much this world hinges on how we, as individuals, choose to conduct ourselves. thats all i mean. theres no checks and balances system that is fail proof. scary.