Moral Act

Running Head: MORAL ACTION 1
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Morality is definite; it involves action in a set, particular course. Morality reflects the
only “means” to arriving at an “ideal” end. Therefore, a moral act occurs where one chooses
to do what is right from his own volition. The next aspect of consideration is the reflection of
morality in a behavioral context. Morals can only be expressed in a behavioral sense and not
through speech (Etzioni, 2010). Morals are reflected by the inner and specific conviction that
is manifested through actions. In the instances where doing a moral act also involves other
considerations, the scope of a response does not negate the morality of an act. For example,
the great motive of offering ten bucks to a beggar is similar to providing a thousand bucks;
both instances reflect sympathy and concern for the welfare of others-caring attitude.
Morality is universal. In other words, a moral action involves an action that must
appeal to the recipient as well as the doer of an action(Etzioni, 2010). For instance, the
concept of terrorism may have appealed to the perpetrators. However, the fact that the
terrorists cannot derive satisfaction or value when they are subject to the same actions means
that they are immoral. Moral actions have a universal standard.
The practice of morals is an expression of internal commitment(Etzioni, 2010).
Morals reflect an approach that evidentially proofs that an individual subscribes to a set
norm. The exercise of morals operates on a fixated platform. For instance, the only decorative
item used to the marital status (marriage) is a ring. One cannot use any other ornament.
Morals operate by the values associated with them(Etzioni, 2010). The pressure to
experience pleasure is of no significance to morality. For instance, one may choose to abstain
from sex to preserve the state of virginity and abstain from the comforts of sex. In this scope,
therefore, the value attached to virginity (respect and honor) trumps pleasure.
Etzioni, A. (2010). Moral Dimension: Toward a new economics. Simon and Schuster.41-45

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