Amoral, Immoral, & Morals

What Are Morals?

According to Google’s ‘pop-up’ dictionary, morals are a person’s principles that govern the way they behave and act. Most people have a basic set of morals. This might be because of the values their family or religion instilled into them while they were growing up. Many basic morals include no stealing, no lying, and equality.

However, some people can be considered to be immoral by society; this could include criminals, offenders, thieves, or others. People who are immoral are considered to have bad morals. This does not mean that they are lacking morals, but it does mean that their morals are twisted (in a bad way). Another thing some criminals, burglars, offenders, or other people, can be is amoral. Being amoral doesn’t mean you have bad morals, but it doesn’t mean you have good ones either; it means that you lack them. This is worse than being immoral because at least immoral people have morals.

I don’t think I have encountered anyone who is amoral which, in my opinion, is a good thing. But, while saying that, the number one example that pops into my head, when the word amoral is mentioned, are the Ancient Greek and Roman gods. For example, Jupiter/Zeus, king of the gods, always had affairs with women and didn’t feel any guilt at all. Hercules (Hercales) came out of one of his affairs and a lot of other children. However, this didn’t stop Jupiter from going out and having more affairs.

From my experience (on being in this world for the past fourteen years), I feel that the person cheating would at least feel guilty for cheating on their partner, especially if children came out of the affair. However, in the case of the Greek/Roman myths, none of the gods ever felt guilty. The following sentences are a few examples that prove my point. Juno (Hera) didn’t feel guilty for throwing (technically tossing) Vulcan (Hephaestus) out of Olympus when he was a baby. Venus (Aphrodite) didn’t feel bad about cheating on her husband with Mars (Ares). Polydectes didn’t feel bad about sending the son of the woman he wanted to marry (Perseus) away to complete an impossible task (decapitating Medusa). All of these examples can also be traced back to the earliest myths about Saturn (Cronus), too. Saturn ate his kids, the Titans, before Jupiter saved them.

It’s a good thing that myths are only myths because having a sense of morals is needed in order to be a good citizen and a contributing member of society.