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  • ...rigid and inflexible, determined by those few who know best

    1 4.76%
  • ...flexible, always changing with the changes in popular opinion

    9 42.86%
  • ...somewhere in between #1 & #2

    3 14.29%
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    8 38.10%
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Thread: Who decides societal morality?

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    Re: Who decides societal morality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Canell View Post
    And why not?
    What's your story?
    The process of a society shifting it's view on an issue is a highly organic one that has its origins in a variety of things. Our countries evolving views on gay rights and gay marriage took decades and while high profile supporters played a role in bringing publicity to the issue it has been the changing views of millions that have made it a political movement. Broad contours we can identify are an increasing social libertarian perspectives in a new generation, effective advocacy from the gay rights movement, etc.

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    Re: Who decides societal morality?

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePlayDrive View Post
    Which people? It's definitely not all people.
    Assuming you live in a democracy then yes it is generally all the people. Popular will and consensus will usually drive political, cultural, and social trends. The turning tide on drug decriminalization, gay marriage, etc are evidence of this.

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    Re: Who decides societal morality?

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePlayDrive View Post
    Whichever group has the greatest influence over power structures (government, media, et al.) in any given society.

    It is definitely not everyone in a society who determines societal morality.
    I'd agree and disagree - everyone has voice, but some are much, much louder than others.

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    Re: Who decides societal morality?

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePlayDrive View Post
    Whichever group has the greatest influence over power structures (government, media, et al.) in any given society.

    It is definitely not everyone in a society who determines societal morality.
    Is that the choosing of societal morality, or is that the enforcing of one's own morality on society?
    If you claim sexual harassment to be wrong, yet you defend anyone on your side for any reason,
    then you are a hypocrite and everything you say on the matter is just babble.

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    Re: Who decides societal morality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    The process of a society shifting it's view on an issue is a highly organic one that has its origins in a variety of things.
    Well, I happen to think it's more of a GMO case. Like that Monsanto story.
    Social engineering, if you will.

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    Re: Who decides societal morality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Canell View Post
    Well, I happen to think it's more of a GMO case. Like that Monsanto story.
    Social engineering, if you will.
    I'm not sure I follow.

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    Re: Who decides societal morality?

    A long time ago, it was more acceptable for people to litter the streets. Now, if you throw a can on the street, you are looked at with disgust by other people and rightfully so.

    This is an example of how morals changed. Who changed them? Society, on all levels worked to change this. From a vocal minority to the public consciousness the anti-street litter movement impacted more and more people switching our perception of right behavior and etiquette.

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    Re: Who decides societal morality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    I'm not sure I follow.
    Never heard of "social engineering"? Come on.

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    Re: Who decides societal morality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post
    A long time ago, it was more acceptable for people to litter the streets. Now, if you throw a can on the street, you are looked at with disgust by other people and rightfully so.

    This is an example of how morals changed. Who changed them? Society, on all levels worked to change this. From a vocal minority to the public consciousness the anti-street litter movement impacted more and more people switching our perception of right behavior and etiquette.
    Interesting analogy. I think smoking would be a good analogy, also.
    If you claim sexual harassment to be wrong, yet you defend anyone on your side for any reason,
    then you are a hypocrite and everything you say on the matter is just babble.

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    Re: Who decides societal morality?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Who decides societal morality?
    Who does? The government. Who should? The people.

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