If morality didn't exist the world would be a free for all. Everyone would define what was right by their own personal opinion. No one could say anything was wrong and so their would be no way to enforce laws and probably now laws to begin with. Morality is as essential and real as the laws of Physics.
Where ever your moral code comes from, you still have it. While morals themselves may be questionable, everybody has a basic set of rules. For some people, it's basic manners. For others, it's whether abortion is right or not. Obviously, it changes from person to person, though. Many conflicts in history were based on morality that we would probably consider wrong.
Morality is just people's opinions about what is right or wrong, which is essentially a feeling. It is perhaps the most global of all feelings a person can have on something, you are judging as a whole do you approve or disapprove of it. So while this exists it's not a fundamental basis for laws or politics. Leave morality to religion and personal philosophy. In the context of politics we should determine what is the most logical for a stable society of freely interacting individuals and enforce that.
It is undeniable to say that morality does not exist. it is the burning feeling everyone gets in their head. There are all examples of morality through out the world. it is hard to account for because there is a lot of bad out there but bad is raised by bad. in the end everyone knows its wrong and yet they do it out of a sense of uniformity or patriotism.
While morality may vary from person to person, there are distinct issues that remain standard for every individual. For instance, there is wide agreement that there is no circumstance under which it is appropriate to murder a child. Other moral issues, as with abortion or the morality of the death penalty, may vary from person to person, but there is a moral core than all mentally healthy people share.
Morality exists because the world is still standing. The reason why people are sleeping safe and sound in bed. If morality didn't exist then people would hurt and kill each other with the smallest reason. Everybody would cheat lie and destroy peoples life with out remorse and it would happen with everybody. the world would be turned upside down. morality exists thats why the world is till standing and why almost everybody doesnt live in fear.
Yes, morality exists as a social construction, but it is not natural. "Morality" is universally subjective, varying among every culture and every individual person. Everyone has their own interpretation of what morality is and how to measure it. As a collective group, humans required a system to prevent anomy, or chaos. We wouldn't really function very well as a collective group if murder was not punished and defined as a crime. I feel as some will argue that morality exists naturally because we "just know" what is "right or wrong." This is a result of socialization that shapes our perception of the world. It is easily possible to socialize a child in a different way that doesn't recognize murder as a "crime." I do not believe morality is in anyway objective, but I ultimately believe it exists as a useful social function to facilitate the survival of our group.
It's like the law. It's exists, but not everyone cares about it, or care to comprehend it. Understanding the law and why certain laws are put in place conflict with morals all the time. People go to prison for murder with a lesser sentence than (what your morals would consider) someone with a less severe charge. The question shouldn't even be "does it exist"
Morality exists. It is not a physical object. But it is as real to you humans as the clouds or the sun. It is a part of your brain, and that's what matters. Morality derives from survival. Co-operation means survival, and that's why it exists. Morality is as real as a hallucination, but for all you humans know, it's real.
Yes morality does exist. Morality has to be defined individually for every different person. We all draw lines in the sand over different moral causes or events. However, even if we all of a different personal definition about morality is, it does still exist. It can be tied with religion, but not always.
It makes no sense to say morality exists because it doesn't make any sense to say that someone "ought" to do anything. Take, for example, a guy killing a little child. What would it mean to say he ought not do it? If we say it means, for instance, he'll go to jail, then we're saying that without jail, there simply is no fact of the matter regarding whether or not he ought do it. Same deal as with a God/gods. If we try to say, as humanists do, that it's "irrational", we have a problem, as economics shows that rational behavior is merely behavior according to what maximizes what an individual prefers, which means that unless this child killer doesn't like killing children, his behavior is rational. Even granting rationality, it makes no inherent sense to say that one ought be rational or prefer truth to falsehood, since irrationality and lies are often beneficial, as evolution plainly shows in the behavior of animals. In short, to say that something is moral or immoral adds nothing to the statement of the something, so it makes sense to say that it is a meaningless pseudoconcept, and therefore has no correspondence to reality.
Evolution is probably the best fact that helps us to understand why it does not exist. It is subjective because things that are considered immoral in one group can be accepted in another group such as the killing or punishing of someone that hurts the group even for a little thing that does not really hurt the group such as homosexuality. It was once widely accepted yet now many around the world struggle to accept it since no children can be produced in this union but when in reality it really hurts no one. Now we have problems of overpopulation with china having a law against how many children one can have. Something subjective can't really exist in our world. Only in our minds but even then it is a different thing to many different groups.
For a sensitive consciousness, this is something too terrible to know. Arguments against free will are the most vilified in human thought. Even leading atheists draw the line whenever someone argues that, logically speaking, we are not in control of our thoughts and behaviour. As materialists, they deny that moral “laws” have been crafted in a world unperceived by our senses; as tax-paying citizens, they still need to live in this one. And to disallow moral agency and responsibility would overturn every authorized ruling that makes the world work. Without the assumption of morality and responsibility, no one could be held accountable for crimes against life and property. To say yes to morality is merely a comforting lie many choose to accept.
Everybody has their own version of a moral code. For example some people find things like abortion moral, while some strongly oppose. Their isn't a real answer because their is no guide line of what is and isn't moral. Your defintion of right or good is all decided by your soical environment. The truth is we are no different from any other animal on the planet, all we do is screw things up and get excited about it. At the end of the day your moral code doesn't really matter becuase we tipicaly don't follow them.
What's so hard about this? We are essentially animals that evolved with the brain smart enough to reason in such an intricate and complex way and use it as a method to control our species and ultimately help our species prosper. Otherwise we'd have everybody running around killing each other.
That is to say, take away humans and you take away morality. It does not exist in the natural world. In addition your version of "good" is not my version of "good" or anyone else, and the same goes for "evil." Furthermor, we place judgements on external actions. We are perceiving actions with our senses, and placing internal judgments upon them. That doesn't change the state of the action, just how we perceive it.
Inherent moral laws do not exist. Quite simply, it is impossible to prove that they do exist.
On a side note, most human and animal "morals" are a result of genetics and natural selection. Humans who thought morals existed survived more often than humans who didn't, so it became normal for humans to believe in them. That is all.
People are punished for doing things that are considered "morally wrong" in their society, the easiest examples are killing and theft. If one gets caught doing these things, they are often thrown in jail and or shunned. Many religions instill fear of devine punishment. One fears these consequences, justifies it to themselves as morality to avoid admitting to fear, and thus follows the "moral" rules set out for them. If one is absent reason to fear these consequences, simply doesn't care what consequences befall them, or is willing to accept those consequences, morality disappears.
Some people live in a fantasy world of binary options, good or evil, moral or immoral, and will do or say anything to maintain this fantasy is real. All the power to them. If only everybody thought that way. But I for one do not.
To summarize my opinion. If there were no consequences, there would be no morality.
If you can name one moral value which is held universally accross all cultures and time, then not only would I change my position on the issue, but you'd also be lying. Everything from stealing to curruption, murder to paedophilia- morality will always depend on what country you're standing in and what era you're standing. Take as an example paedophilia. We say it is vile and wrong, and believe such a view to be self apparent. Yet in ancient times it was not only acceptable but also fashionable to sexually abuse young children. Equally in many societies today, and even within our own, there are individuals who believe that what they are doing is moral and right and also believe this to be self apparent. Take murder as another example, we believe it is alright to murder someone with the motive of serving your country- war. Whilst many other cultures have believed it is okay to murder someone because they belong to a particular race eg Rwanda Genocide. What I am trying to get at is that morality is simply a social construct which and whatever you believe to be a self apparent moral value is not necessarily believed by all, and as such morality cannot exist.
Nothing is right and nothing is wrong, but it is what people perceive it to be. One of the contributing factors to the success of the human species is the fact that we think that there is right or wrong. If morals do exist, than how come they only "exist" for humans and animals we like? Why do we still slaughter pigs, cows , chickens, etc. even though we could just eat off of vegetation? Nothing is right or wrong, and nothing even matters, in the end we will all die and nothing will become of us, no afterlife or anything. Morals do not, in fact, exist.