Friday, January 21, 2011

Fashionable Morality

        Morality is ambiguous. Much like the air we breathe in that it is that part of culture we unconsciously take in on a constant basis. It is the prism in which we create the synapses of our understanding of society and our selves. Indeed much is said about morality. Most discussions traditionally revolve around debating certain sets of absolutes. The belief in an absolute reality often stems from the ego's push to finalize its reality. To come to a full understanding of its life before its full decay back into nothingness. 
        What we then see as absolute is more of an absolute perception of our present structural system, of our impending reality, rather than any timeless truth. Truth which is often equated with morality can never be entirely structured. For the time alone it would take to decipher the truth, the truth has time to change. And so the only absolute moral truth lies strictly in the present. We can only absolutely know what we know, in the moment we know it. The time one takes to reflect on that moment is all the time the truth needs to change itself to another truth. Sometimes the shear act of reflection will change the truth one is reflecting upon. And so finding absolute truth can be absolutely unforgiving, attesting to following an absolute truth is madness.
        It is with this false belief in an absolute truth that a society too often constructs its structural foundations, which it then uses to erect its operating systems which we call morality. We then fashion ourselves, to conform to our perception of this social structure. In the egos' attempt for validation one reduces one's self to managing his problems within this superficial system instead of searching for enlightenment beyond the accepted morality or system. For the ego, any departure from the accepted truth will never fulfill its need for validation through others. It is this need for validation which imprisons all of us within our ego led mind. It is ego that compels us to be in fashion with the times. To be in fashion is to create ones identity within the parameters of cultural acceptance, to be fashionably modern is simply being one who conforms to a predicted new acceptance. Though one needs to be considerably self aware to be perceived as modern, it remains a validation one receives "from" Culture as opposed to a validation of any self awareness. Once again it is this validation through others which the ego seeks to achieve through morality. Fashion is merely a modern twist on the concept. One who may once have been considered of high moral fibre is now said to be in fashion as in "He knows what's up". In this sense being moral or fashionable are one and the same, depending on your accepted culture. They are both ways of attempting to find yourself outwardly rather than inwardly. The reason for this is simple. There is no fulfillment for the ego when an answer to a challenge is found from within, for it cannot be so easily shared or explained. This kind of solution often compels one to act regardless of cultural views and often alone. Without a social acknowledgment the ego is often paralyzed which our mind reads as fear.   
         Morality comes often as the progeny of fear and superstition. The second being a reaction to the first, It is the way we give reason to our current behaviour at any given time. Our place in time there for serves as both cause and effect of our determination of what is moral. It is important to understand that morality is far from empirical. It is closer to a momentary thought in the many thoughts of human consciousness. It is fashionable information used to facilitate the synthesizing of cultural currents. We there for do not move along with morality as much as morality moves along with us. It is a plastic manifestation of our perceived unflinching beliefs in an absolute reality. Yet our belief in reality is also plastic. It is as flexible as the new set of cultural norms lurching over our next horizon in time.
        Time then presents itself as an unstoppable tied of our universal expansion into consciousness. Like a flow of understanding, constant in its division of possibilities. It is these divisions of our known possibilities that make an inflexible society inevitably obsolete or extinct. They say that a society that cannot imagine its future will not have one. One sure thing with morality is that it serves the need of society, by fashioning those needs in a common direction. Yet the initial needs of society already show signs of change by the time said common direction is conveyed across the majority, which in turn constantly seek out the new modern fringe coveted as the next wave. It is this act of unknowingly flowing towards change which intern condemns all traditional culture to evolution or extinction. F W de Klerk was once the president of his nation. Nelson Mandela was once a prison inmate. One was dedicated to managing his present reality while the other was dedicated to the possibilities he imagined for the future. In retrospect the president never stood a chance against the inmate.                                    

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