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Ellen Feig

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Can one teach young people to be moral? Is morality something that must be taught in the home? Is it innate?

Currently I am working on a professional development platform focused on teaching college students ethics and morality. Young people seem to be incredibly disengaged from others, have little sense of what it means to be moral, gracious or ethical and don't care. How can we teach morality or is it something that is innate?

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  • Jan 23 2013: Since most of the so-called "morality" we have today is wrong, false, misused, broken by those who teach it and who have taught it, along with many not even knowing themselves what morality is, what exactly would someone like yourself teach others?

    Sounds to me like you believe or might want people to be "gracious, ethical, and what you term moral" in a world where that simply does not pay, benefit them or help because those who have given us these "moral codes" break them every day (for whatever reason) and have rigged the game 100% percent against those who would follow your terms.

    What I was taught (lied about) was 180 degrees different from Mark down the street, a few blocks away.
    I could tell he was taught something good and I wasn't. I knew by the time I was 3 years old, that I was one totally fucked up human being, even though I had no words to describe, explain or tell anyone with. I also, through some kind of child intuition, knew that I didn't know. If that makes any sense. It's difficult to explain even today.

    Today, I make my own morals, my own code.
    It really aligns with what I had heard other people say, had read what other people wrote and that was that the true power of life, is that one can do whatever they want to do.
    The added feature for me, is knowing today that there is no such thing as karma. That is why the power of life can be so frightening.

    Maybe a good place to start would be asking them to attempt to define morality themselves without being the slightest bit brainwashed with any ideas coming from someone else. That would taint the experiment, so to speak.

    Some one said, "morals and ethics are not taught." Bullshit. I am empirical proof that they can be beaten into you.
    They aren't just hygenically "observed.

    Ultimately, no one can tell anyone what their morals are to be. They have a right to work that out for themselves.
    If anyone thinks they do, then we are right back to where we are now and how we got here.

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