Isn’t it interesting:
That man universally has the notion of “ought” such as “I know what ought to be the case?”
However, it is not politically correct to say that the “ought” must be anchored to something objective just because it is universally understood. For example, we may not all agree on the sentencing for all crimes, but we all seem to agree on which crimes are heinous and deserving of a sentence.
And we do not say that because something “is” therefore it “ought”–naturalistic fallacy. [For example, so and so always gets arrested for shooting so and so, therefore, he “ought” to get arrested for shooting.] What we say instead is that something “ought” to exist in a certain way. In an ordered world, for someone or something to behave differently than it “ought” it is wrong. It is saying that because someone has done what was against what they ought to, they are wrong. Or said differently, what is “good” or “right” has been other than what it was supposed to be (or “ought” to be) and was replaced with “not good” or wrong.
I find it interesting that there isn’t just something missing, but that we all sense that there is something missing where something is suppose to be–that where something that seems right is missing, it is filled with a less good alternative–that where good is suppose to exist, evil does. Said a little less offensively, that where charity ought to be, selfishness exists.
“Moral” Definition 1): of, pertaining to, or concerned with the principles or rules of right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong; ethical: moral attitudes.
“Moral” Definition 2): founded on the fundamental principles of right conduct rather than on legalities, enactment, or custom: moral obligations.
Judgment: the ability to judge, make a decision, or form an opinion objectively, authoritatively, and wisely, esp. in matters affecting action; good sense; discretion: a man of sound judgment.
Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/judgment (accessed: July 01, 2008).
The real hero is the person who does what is right with right motive (regardless of whether society affirms him or not). He is not a hero for doing what he wants. Nor is he a hero for doing what others want of him.
It is difficult, thankless, and lonely to be right. This message is for all of you heroes–ordinary people who recognize that we are accountable to more than ourselves and each other.