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shrutichopra

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Posted: 27 March 2008 at 1:13am | IP Logged

Hey!

I just chanced upon the Debate Mansion and it seems like a very my kind of place.

One question that gets me thinking every single time is that we(the people of the world) say a particular thing/path is 'right' while the other is 'wrong'. But who determines this? Who distinguishes them and why do we take things as acceptable and unacceptable? What makes the human psyche think in such a manner and how 'right' or 'wrong' things really are?

Many might say it is the society that decides but then again who is this 'society' and how do they decide? And if that is answered why do they decide? why is such a power vested in the 'society' and not merely in an 'individual'?

Would love to see the debate and opinions on this!

Shruti

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Posted: 27 March 2008 at 6:13am | IP Logged
Originally posted by shrutichopra

Hey!

Afternoon!Wink

I just chanced upon the Debate Mansion and it seems like a very my kind of place.

Glad to hear it Smile- for me, it is becoming even more addictive and definitelt more staisfying than keeping up with the soaps!!LOL

One question that gets me thinking every single time is that we(the people of the world) say a particular thing/path is 'right' while the other is 'wrong'. But who determines this? Who distinguishes them and why do we take things as acceptable and unacceptable? What makes the human psyche think in such a manner and how 'right' or 'wrong' things really are?

Security in numbers is the first thing that came to my mind when I read this. The more people believe a certain way - themore  persuasive that group is. Why? Becaue the majority of people are not individuals as we would like to think, but sheep!!!!!! Only jokingWink 

Seriously though, I guess this way of thinking what is commonly held as wrong and commonly held as right is down to fundamental basic laws of humanity - which most people adhere to.

Many might say it is the society that decides but then again who is this 'society' and how do they decide? And if that is answered why do they decide? why is such a power vested in the 'society' and not merely in an 'individual'?

Again its a numbers thing. The more with one voice, the more power they have. Simple majority versus minority. But its OK if the majority want to invest that power in one individual, like a PM, or President I guess. It is arguble that in a democratic society, you are more likely perhaps to "live and let live" according to one's own beliefs/standards but only up to the point that they are not "contrary to public policy" or basic fundamental human rules.

So now, I guess were down to what are basic fundamental human rules and who decided them!LOL

Would love to see the debate and opinions on this! Well, you got my two bits worth! LOL

Shruti

Thanks for the topic!Clap 

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its already decided ages ago.. we have to just follow it.. I dont think we have to reinvent the wheel...Most people know whats right and whats wrong... Smile

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 Nice to see you in DM Shruti.Big smile

 Its not just humans, animals are also born with inherent sense of right and wrong. you don't see animals going on hunting spree unless they are hungry. Having said that, our culture/society/parents/teachers/friends help us identify our thoughts and behaviours which become so intimately woven within us as virtue. Just like all statues were there in marble before, all virtues are there in us.. Tongue Thank god more ppl agree with what is right then disagree...!!!!

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i think society and people acting individually, in their self-interest, make that determination. now, as for what is actually right or wrong, i think the easy 10 commandments kind of rights and wrongs are easily understood. those are no-brainers. too much marketing right from when we are born has drilled that into us.Tongue

but unfortunately, the world is plagued more by issues where there's no consensus- homosexuality, divorce, life-style, whose God is more powerful, who has right on someone's territory or land etc etc. Which explains all the troubles we have been having. Wink

another thing. the sense of right or wrong has changed over time. and i think it will continue to into the future, while we try to get to the universal truth. meanwhile our personal right or wrong depends not only on one's frame of reference but also time. the truth we perceive today aint exactly the same we perceived when we were kids. and that's not even getting into societal concepts of right or wrong. Smile



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Posted: 27 March 2008 at 9:17pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by shrutichopra

One question that gets me thinking every single time is that we(the people of the world) say a particular thing/path is 'right' while the other is 'wrong'. But who determines this? Who distinguishes them and why do we take things as acceptable and unacceptable? What makes the human psyche think in such a manner and how 'right' or 'wrong' things really are?

Many might say it is the society that decides but then again who is this 'society' and how do they decide? And if that is answered why do they decide? why is such a power vested in the 'society' and not merely in an 'individual'?



Nature has gifted us with a thought process, a personal understanding of right and wrong. This perception differs from person to person, but we all apply our moral and ethical perceptions to what we do.

Society is a collection of different individuals. Varying perceptions are pooled together to form a collective wisdom, depending on the individuals involved certain ideas become collective norms. Societies vary greatly too depending on the individuals involved.

Society influences people to form their judgments of right and wrong and aids in moral growth in turn each individual influences society through their personal ideas causing society to gradually change and evolve.

It is a cycle of exchange, growth and evolution of moral and ethical perception that carries humanity through ages that influences what we believe to be right or wrong. It is the nature of a life form to survive, sustain and strive for collective greater good.

Of course there will be exceptions.

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Posted: 27 March 2008 at 9:28pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by return_to_hades

Originally posted by shrutichopra

One question that gets me thinking every single time is that we(the people of the world) say a particular thing/path is 'right' while the other is 'wrong'. But who determines this? Who distinguishes them and why do we take things as acceptable and unacceptable? What makes the human psyche think in such a manner and how 'right' or 'wrong' things really are?

Many might say it is the society that decides but then again who is this 'society' and how do they decide? And if that is answered why do they decide? why is such a power vested in the 'society' and not merely in an 'individual'?



Nature has gifted us with a thought process, a personal understanding of right and wrong. This perception differs from person to person, but we all apply our moral and ethical perceptions to what we do.

Society is a collection of different individuals. Varying perceptions are pooled together to form a collective wisdom, depending on the individuals involved certain ideas become collective norms. Societies vary greatly too depending on the individuals involved.

Society influences people to form their judgments of right and wrong and aids in moral growth in turn each individual influences society through their personal ideas causing society to gradually change and evolve.

It is a cycle of exchange, growth and evolution of moral and ethical perception that carries humanity through ages that influences what we believe to be right or wrong. It is the nature of a life form to survive, sustain and strive for collective greater good.

Of course there will be exceptions.

I think that "thinking" and "perceiving" are two mutually exclusive things... if you think... you shouldnt be able to distinguish right and wrong... if you perceive you are not free of pre-conceived biases.. in such cases its always  ok to go our granny and get her advice.. Her simplistic answers come across as the true answer.. which is why I feel you have to seek answers for right and wrong in ages when people could "feel" more than they could "think"..Wink

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