During the course of our lives, we receive many possessions that we hold dear to us. Despite how important physical materials may be, the most important possession is our morals. This gift is what makes us into the people we are today and keep us grounded so we are the same people tomorrow. Events, environment and circumstances can alter our perceptions on what is most important. Our morals are what is most precious, yet it is so fragile that these outside influences can alter our perception on what is our true constitution.
Our morals are figured and fine tuned by us because of our perception of the world. The foundation to each individual’s morals is generally the same, do not hurt another person and do not hurt yourself. However, outside influences can either slowly or quickly alter our perception, and in an instant, we realize that we are filing for moral bankruptcy.
Bankruptcy in any sense is hard to get out of. We often have to start from scratch, we are barely trusted and it takes years to get back on track. We may have learned our lesson, but being bankrupt is the scarlet letter tattooed on ourselves for a long time. It is a painful process once we realize we have compromised who we are and hurt others through our actions.
Even though morality is defined as good or bad, black or white, life is often in the gray area. Decisions have pros and cons and often times we try to weigh each of these to make a choice based on the greater good. The first step to avoiding a moral bankruptcy is to always analyze each situation and treat each cause individually. When we have the pros and cons evaluated, it is easier to make a clearer decision in those gray areas.
Our moral code will be called into question and there will be times that a decision will come that is better for you but not necessarily better for everyone else. It is alright to take positive risks to better yourself and achieve your dreams or goals. However, when it comes to “kicking people while they’re down” or hurting others to get to the top, one must reevaluate their priorities of what a goal is, if it involves hurting so many people in the process.
Staying true to your moral code and your personal constitution is what will allow you to achieve your goals while staying true to yourself. So make sure to do a personal credit check and be sure that you are not on your way to moral bankruptcy.