A Complete Lack of Morals

If you had told my 20-year-old self that I would write this, he would have denied its possibility. Being typically adolescent male in college in the late 60s, I saw the topic of morals from a certain point of view.

That is: “Morals” were preached at others by stiff, uptight, self-righteous, judgmental (and often hypocritical) old people.

Somewhere along the way I learned that morals were at their foundation a reflection of the Golden Rule. Every major religion has a version of the same “rule” of life. If you incorporate this into the fabric of your life, you have moved a long way toward a moral life.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Jesus left very few commandments for his followers, although they encompass everything about how to live your life:

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

During my 20-30 minutes daily with news and 10-20 minutes with Facebook (Twitter for me is mostly business and I don’t do the others), I am overwhelmed by the sense of a total lack of morals on the part of so many. Even those who might call themselves moral—wake up, you are not practicing the foundation of all morals.

Many have re-written the Golden Rule on their hearts as “Do unto others before they do unto you.” That reflects an entirely different gospel.

God bless all those out there trying to show the love to others. Be safe.

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