Emily Sheffield (@emilysheffielduk) wrote an article on moral codes last November and it struck a chord.
I’ve put some exerts and paraphrases from the article, below:
“Our idea of what or who is virtuous is increasingly muddled; our moral compass often pointing in multiple directions……….
Our reaction to the banking crisis of 2008; our military retreat from Afghanistan , our response to the world cup in Qatar is full of inconsistency. It’s there in political and economic decision making…the debate between personal freedom and collective responsibility…….
Trust in institutions from the police to politicians, even our doctors, is eroded. We regularly question the moral propriety of others but rarely look deeply at our own. We are too busy telling everyone what we are right about.
The warning sign that we have erred from our own instinctive moral code is a haunting sense of unease. Our morality is largely baked into the law and yet bias on the part of those who have made laws has taken a wrecking ball to our assumptions that they are fair to all. Rishi Sunak still refers to his decision making as ‘moral’ and Jeremy Hunt’s Autumn Statement was based on a ‘moral duty’ to protect the vulnerable.
Perhaps the most moral act we can do in a consistently evolving society , is to keep questioning and searching for new answers.”