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Moral absolutism. Moralism seems to be an essential component of American conservatism, whose adherents feel far more comfortable evaluating ethicality in terms of simple rules (i.e. morals) than in terms of harm/benefit.

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Mrs Kirk Ethics - Moral absolutism Moralism, also know as moral absolutism, is the practice of interpreting the ethicality of various subjects (actions, people, etc.) as good or bad things based solely in terms of how well they conform to a particular moral code rather than by attempting to evaluate the harm or benefit caused by those subjects. It can also be described as "the belief that there are absolute standards against which moral questions can be judged, and that certain actions are right or wrong, devoid of the context of the act." Most moralists allow for some exceptions to their moral rules, permitting conscience and empathy to override in cases where "sticking to the rules" would be clearly harmful. Those who refuse to allow exceptions to moral rules tend to be regarded as extremists Most religion is based on moralism, as one of the defining characteristics of religion is reliance on dogmatic rules for evaluating ethicality rather than an open and rational examination of the effects of ethically-significant entities. ...read more.

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If someone was absolutist about following the commandments then they would never kill steal or cheat, attributes that a sociable citizen of today's society would need to be able to live. In essence being absolutist allows for a lot of communities to remain healthy happy places due to a strict moral code held by its people, a creed which they will never break due to either strong moral will or fear of what would happen if they ever did. Does this mean moral absolutism is a justifiable thing, no it does not, while yes there is evidence to show that it can help a community rather than hinder it , moral absolutism has been shown time and time again to be a bad, inhuman thing, that has caused misery amongst many people. For example, repeating what I said earlier about homosexuals and how they are viewed amongst most religious groups is nothing more than a prosecution of a minority, no different from racism, which brings me to my second point. ...read more.

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These finalistic views don't have a place in today's society, a society that is constantly changing and evolving, learning to accept what before was deemed different and showing understanding to a once ignorantly feared subject. They prospered before in a world where people did not have a say in their own lives, lives which were run by ancient scripts and texts that didn't change with the time or attitudes and remained defiant to the evolution of mankind. Moral absolutism is not justified as a practical option in today's moral climate and is constantly at war with the changing views of communities and government's, and yes it does have a strong moral stature, an almost incorruptible sense to its harsh cold views, but this is still unable to secure its place in the modern world, for its greatest flaw is that moral absolutism is a simply un-human prospect, with no place inside our minds as well as our community. John Clarke 12 Jmt ...read more.

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