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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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    Who decides societal morality?

    Who decides societal morality?

    This question is prompted by another thread regarding capital punishment. There has been a lot of talk regarding people living within what's moral in society. (Yes, Tigger plays a big part in the inspiration for this question.) So, it got me thinking... while I do agree that society should have some level of a moral bar, where is that bar? Who decides? How is it decided?

    Is it a set measure that exists whether people like it or not? Is it a "majority rules" kind of thing... which would make morality a moving target of sorts as times change?

    Note: This question pertains to how we set the bar, not what the bar is.
    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?

    In order to measure anything, you must first have some sort of reference standard.
    In the world of morality, Religion (not just Christianity) occupies what could be
    called a control group.
    Most of our most fundamental concepts of right and wrong come from the 10 commandments,
    or similar concepts set down by the other Religions.
    Basically treat others like you would like to be treated, (exclusive of masochist)

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    Re: Who decides societal morality?

    By definition the people in society.

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    Re: Who decides societal morality?

    do people choose their own morality?

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    Re: Who decides societal morality?

    The "elite", generally speaking.

    If they say gay marriage is OK, it's OK. If they say serial monogamy is OK, it's OK. If they say smoking weed is bad, so it is, etc. etc.

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    Re: Who decides societal morality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Canell View Post
    The "elite", generally speaking.

    If they say gay marriage is OK, it's OK. If they say serial monogamy is OK, it's OK. If they say spoking weed is bad, so it is, etc. etc.
    You cannot possibly believe that.

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    Re: Who decides societal morality?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Who decides societal morality?
    Apparently it's the Left, right now.

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    Re: Who decides societal morality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    You cannot possibly believe that.
    And why not?
    What's your story?

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    Re: Who decides societal morality?

    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.

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    Re: Who decides societal morality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    By definition the people in society.
    Which people? It's definitely not all people.

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