Essay 2.2 - Essay 2.2 Nick Hinman WR 122 2 / 16 / 08...

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Nick Hinman WR 122 Essay 2.2 2 / 16 / 08 Morality is a social construct that has dictated the ethical growth of both underdeveloped and developed communities before it could even be formally conceptualized. Morality is also malleable in respect to the society that defines it. American morality had its foundation in the divine command of religion over two centuries ago, but as America’s irreligious population expands, the concept of morality without religion has legitimized. America has struggled to define its own morality within the scope of the law for centuries, but progress toward a definition is mired by sought “traditional family” values and the implications of an evolving community; progressive values that derive from the struggle of the minority against the majority. The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and the Gay Rights Movement of today present a similar power struggle of conflicting virtues. The product of these minority-majority conflicts manifests itself in the humanist values of the contemporary American family. The drift from the prevailing patriarchal family of the past to the liberal family ethic of the present appeals to the natural path of change in our society. Shifting family values and morality reflect the evolution of our society and its integrity because they are a social construct that advances through conflict. Recognizing America’s constant shift from traditional ethics is important because the implications speak to not only localized communities but society as a whole, and therefore all individuals. Ethics and moral codes dictate how people think, and more importantly, act. As individualized communities struggle to help define their ethics within society, the collective preconceived notion of morality changes. This basic concept is eternal; the history of mankind has been a series of clashing cultures and ideologies that ultimately result in a mutual understanding about opposing views and opinions. The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s is a
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perfect example of the clash of two cultures; in this case, one race suppressing another. The outcome was a mutual understanding between the two that manifests itself today within the morals of America; the ability to see past race and color. Although American morality did not change overnight, the two cultures inevitably met at a moral equilibrium. Likewise, some argue that homosexuality is immoral and the gay community shouldn’t have the same rights as the heterosexual community. The gay community obviously thinks on the contrary, and it is these
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course WR 122 taught by Professor Young during the Winter '08 term at University of Oregon.

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Essay 2.2 - Essay 2.2 Nick Hinman WR 122 2 / 16 / 08...

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