As I reflect upon it, it’s interesting to think about how my morality has evolved over time. When I was younger, a lot the whole of my morality was based around people who have hurt me. I did not want to be like the bullies at school, or like my father. So I was going to be fair and have integrity.
Then I went to undergrad and studied social work. I was definitely going to be fair, and ethical. In fact, all I had was my ethics. If I wasn’t ethical, I was a crappy social worker.
Then I got to work. For part of that time, it felt like my ethics were gone. Like, as long as I went through the motions, I was doing good enough. But I didn’t feel morality bubbling up from inside me. And now that I’ve stepped away from it for us for a time, I can see I wasn’t a very good professional.
Now, my personal morality comes from a more wise place. For guidance, I look to the Holy Spirit, who talks to me through other people, experiences and prayers.
The beliefs of others are not my business. Their morality is not my business. I will not try to change or influence it.
Thanks to Sreejit for reopening his Dungeon Prompts with this week’s “Moral Authority!”
And earlier response I had to this prompt.