Morals and ethics are some of the most important aspects of society and economic, political, and religious elements. If love is considered as the core aspect of life, then morality is its backbone. If there is no virtue, it is a looming threat to life, but life is dead if there is no love. The quality of life depends on the cultivation of virtue, and when it rises, love tends to overflow. Obviously, man is imperfect, and for this reason, he has to make conscious efforts to develop virtue.
However, for some people, morality is about adopting external modes of behavior, including etiquette, dressing, and artificial mannerism. They tend to overlook the fact that such moral values are human-made that is conditioned by society, and they could become outdated. For instance, dressing morals differ from society to society, and they are not fixed, and they are culturally inspired and deep-rooted. They are subject to vary according to different climatic conditions in different places.
Also, people belonging to different traditions have a delusional notion that their way of life and traditional values are correct. They expect others to give due respect to their cultural mechanism as they do. However, morality is all about principles and standards of good behavior concerning the path of righteousness. Without morality, a human cannot progress or make inroads in terms of spirituality. Once a person has established a moral foundation, he can develop his mind and wisdom. As the morality of the human practice, he can progress to higher levels of mental development and eventually achieve enlightenment. Therefore, if a man does not practice what he has learned, it is of no value. According to the Buddha’s beliefs, if a learned man does not practice Dhamma, it is similar to a colorful flower without scent.
Moral Conduct and Youth:
Youth in the modern world is completely devoid of the moral and ethical practices of a society. He is breaching the moral teachings of society, making people who follow them utterly humiliated. However, parents of such children are supposed to be held responsible for their rebellious behavior because it is their responsibility to cultivate or teach the ethics and morals of a society. Still, the major problem most parents face is the lack of time they have because of a very busy routine. They are immensely immersed in making money and meeting both ends meet comfortably to make sure that their children get the best of education and other basic facilities. For this reason, they are not able to give sufficient time to their children. However, to avoid moral decadence in society, they have to spend time with their children and teach them the basic principles of morals and ethics under religious and spiritual teachings.
Being Good or Doing Good:
Morality has two different ideas: (i) to be good and (ii) to do good. The former is the real morality, whereas the latter may make only a mean to an end. One can be genuinely good, but it is a rarity because people do good things that seem egoistic, and they are based on the fear that if they do not do good, they will be punished badly in the hereafter. In a way, their good actions are inspired by selfishness, and according to Buddhist ideology being good is the only true morality. Therefore, a person who repents his evil doings is much better than the one who justifies his evil deeds and pretends that he is an innocent person.
Changing One’s Character through Religion:
True religion must produce good results. If a certain person has embraced a particular religion, and his behavior is not altered, doing good deeds and caring about other people is useless. It is of no true value as he continues making people suffer physically and emotionally hurting them. Therefore, a religious person must improve his behavior and act gently.
Besides, when a person practices religion, he goes through a spiritual transformation that comes from within. It is not an external appearance that makes a person good but internal purification. Wealth, color, caste, and creed do not turn people into gentlemen but their good character and deeds.