Morality and Ethics (Spiritual Power) may seem similar, but there is a difference. Morals are one’s own principles, directed by conscience and formulated to distinguish between right or wrong, good or bad. This is possible because faculty of the mind has the power to choose between this and that. It is simply a method to assist the human mind to evaluate its choices and actions. However, each person’s moral code has to be within the framework of external rules, or ethical code, provided by the society he or she lives in.
Different professions like lawyers, doctors, policemen etc, will have to follow separate ethical systems or rules laid down for them. Each one’s conscience may not agree with all these rules. For instance, a lawyer’s professional code means he has to defend even criminals, whereas his conscience may not agree to it. A Doctor may personally believe in euthanasia for his dying patient, but society has laid down different norms on the issue. So the dilemma continues.
Following the ethical code laid down by society does not necessarily mean a person is moral. He may be a good citizen, yet an abusive son, husband or father. His own morality is lacking. On the other hand, a moral person, treating his own family with love and respect, can easily slip into another role in his workplace, ill-treating his co-workers, disrespecting his seniors, and being generally unethical. One also often sees how some people treat their helpers in a degrading and supercilious manner.
The role of the mind as far as physical reality is concerned is in everything. All that exists; universe, divine, consciousness…anything to everything is because our mind says so and also because it is far too superior that we need not compare it to anything we can conceive or perceive of. The question here arises, why does the mind need such a moral code of values?
The mind is primarily designed to separate its psychic energy into dualities and dichotomies, to experience and realize what life is all about. This is the job of the mind, to decipher between moral and amoral, for if one was not there, need of the other would vanish. Like if devil were not there, why would we need God? Hence we are required to be conscious of what we choose and experience. This series of experiential realization gives rise to what we call consciousness via the medium of awareness. Spirituality demands the mind should be used more in observance and watching in order to make the mind aware and conscious rather than analyzing and choosing between this and that. Then yes, the need for dual thinking will reduce. There would be oneness instead of mind separating into this or that. However, our material life for a human being cannot be lived without making choices at every step. Animals not having this distinguishing power of choice are thus unaware about ethics or morality.
Therefore, as I see it, and I suppose you will agree, ethics and morality (Spiritual Power) have to go side by side with our consciousness, in harmony, unless one wishes to lead a life of isolation, totally cut off from the rest of humanity.
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