Peter Rizzolo: No moral high ground

July 13, 2013 

No moral high ground

Who decides what is moral or immoral? Some behaviors reach almost universal agreement, like the immorality of murder, physical and psychological abuse of others, including animals, lying and cheating to name a few.

But when what is considered moral is based solely on political, religious or personal conviction, we move from universally accepted mores to prejudicial determination of what is good or bad human behavior.

We will not solve the issues of excessive greed, disregard for the suffering of others, sectarian violence and poverty by claiming to occupy the moral high ground. We need instead to come together to address these pressing problems and discard divisive rhetoric and ideological posturing that invariably lead to polarization and gridlock.

Peter Rizzolo

Chapel Hill

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