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We have clearly made scientific progress over the last three hundred years. In your opinion, have we made moral progress? Justify your answer with a personal example or an example from the news.

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We have clearly made scientific progress over the last three hundred years. In your opinion, have we made "moral" progress? Justify your answer with a personal example or an example from the news. Moral principles usually vary among different cultures, races and times. Although some moral principles may have similar underlying values, such as the golden rule in Christianity 'do unto others as you would have them do to you', but people may interpret them in vastly different ways and hence leading to different consequential behaviours, despite the variation in intentions behind the behaviours. Morality is based on consistency in following moral principles in our actions, and impartiality in treating each person equally. ...read more.

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On the other hand, in terms of impartiality, there has been an increase in equality in our society shown by the enforcement of law and development as well as improvement of human rights, leading to a greater extent of moral progress because the majority experiences an increase in human rights and equality among races, genders etc. A more specific example from the news can further establish the ideas in the above discussion. Last year in a city in China, all the people jumped off of a bus at the red lights immediately to help save the people in a car crash a distance ahead. In this case, the people who rushed off the bus to save others had followed the underlying moral principles in the society and hence been consistent with the moral standards. ...read more.

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Nonetheless, this is not purely a moral issue. If we examine the possible intentions behind not saving the child, it could be due to lack of education, or lack of consistency with moral standards because they were only concerned with their personal interests instead. Despite the fact that China has been frequently condemned internationally for discrimination of human rights and low morals, there has been establishments and enforcements of law in protecting the basic human rights. In addition, there has been improvement in moral education to help people develop better understandings of morality and equality. In conclusion, over the past few centuries we have developed and established new or modified moral rules to enhance the equality among human kind, although whether people are consistent with them is something to be examined further on, there has been moral progress on the whole. ...read more.

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