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How are the moral beliefs of one community and one time related to the views of other contemporary communities and to those of people of other times?

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Arastoo Tavakoli TOK 12/16/03 Ward How are the moral beliefs of one community and one time related to the views of other contemporary communities and to those of people of other times? Any community one looks at, he/she will see a set of moral beliefs that are carried out by society. Within those moral beliefs, people are able to decide what is ethical and what is nonethical. They can differentiate between right and wrong. Even those that are mainly isolated from the rest of the world, still contain a set of moral beliefs. Different communities share many of the same moral beliefs, showing that communities are able to differentiate between right and wrong. ...read more.

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These basis for moral beliefs are what laws are based upon. Some form of government and religion are present in all communities. This proves that not only are moral beliefs shared by communities, but the idea of having a government to control society and punish those that commit wrongs, is also present. Although many of the moral beliefs amongst communities are similar, there punishments are not necessarily agreed upon. An example of such a situation would be murder; almost everyone agrees that killing is morally wrong, however, different communities have different viewpoints regarding the punishment of the one accused. Some people believe that first degree murder should lead to the death penalty, whereas others believe that a life-sentence in prison is more just. ...read more.

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Forming bonds is innate part of human behavior and is shared amongst all communities. Communities share many of the same moral beliefs because the idea of right and wrong does not vary greatly, There are certain things that all communities have and that includes, moral beliefs, a government, religious beliefs, and bonds in order to work as one. The basis for what is right and wrong is primarily the same and therefore many of the moral beliefs are shared amongst communities. The punishment for a wrongdoing varies from community to community, but the idea of deserving punishment stays roughly the same amongst communities. No matter how isolated a community is, they still have moral beliefs and forms bonds amongst themselves. Due to the innate character of man, moral beliefs are a natural tendency to have and growing up, one discerns right from wrong. ...read more.

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