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What are some of the best morals you can think of?

Asked by ninjacolin (14233points) May 26th, 2011

Feel free to explain why you think they are so great.

For starters, I’m gonna go with one of the morals suggested by the protesters from slutwalk: Never equate “slutty” with “invitation.”

I think that’s a great idea for society at large to adhere to. Especially, (sorry to say it, guys) a moral boys and men should be taught.

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Poser's avatar

“Don’t eat the yellow snow.”

augustlan's avatar

Well, “Don’t kill anyone, except in defense of self or others, or in cases of voluntary euthanasia” seems like a no-brainer.

Plucky's avatar

Treat others how you would want to be treated.

ninjacolin's avatar

@Poser “Don’t eat yellow snow” isn’t a moral really. I mean, maybe you have a fetish for it. Maybe it’s your thing. Doesn’t harm anyone generally. Urine is sterile anyway and I’m not sure many diseases could withstand freezing temperatures anyway.

Poser's avatar

Sure, but there is more than one type of moral. As in, “The moral of the story is ‘Don’t eat the yellow snow.’”

And while urine is sterile while it is in the body, the bacteria it picks up on the way out of the urinary tract render it unsterile once it exits. Either way, I don’t want a Pee-pee snowcone.

ninjacolin's avatar

lol, fine be that way!

augustlan's avatar

Also, my all-purpose moral (that I’m sure everyone is getting sick of by now):

Do the right thing. Period. And if you don’t know what the right thing is, do that which causes the least harm.

Plucky's avatar

Be polite.

Poser's avatar

“Everybody love everybody.”
“Be excellent to one another.”

ucme's avatar

Don’t rub another man’s rhubarb!
Roughly translated to, stay away from my wife you cunt…...bounder.

cazzie's avatar

Care enough to do the right thing. Don’t be apathetic or paralysed by cynicism. You can have all the morals you want, but, if you don’t give a shit, it won’t make a bit of difference.

creative1's avatar

Be the best possible person you can be in life, politeness goes a long way, always go with your gut feelings for they are usually correct, and give back to they world and its people as much as and as often as you can.

chewhorse's avatar

Live your life as you see it and don’t interfere with the lives others who choose to live their way.. uh, within legality of course (no falonious acts).

meiosis's avatar

The golden rule – treat others as you would want to be treated. Don’t treat others as you wouldn’t want to be treated.

@chewhorse I can think of plenty of illegal acts which are nevertheless 100% moral.

tom_g's avatar

@PluckyDog: “Treat others how you would want to be treated.”

The golden rule is great, and really scales well. However, I really prefer a version that combines what you stated and the following:

Treat others as they wish to be treated.

This isn’t easy or clean. It requires effort. It requires empathy, compassion, acceptance, less focus on the self, and a dedication to truly listen. In my opinion, it really completes the golden rule.

Hibernate's avatar

Family comes before friends !

_zen_'s avatar

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s (friend’s, enemy’s or anyone else’s) wife. That’s a big one for me. I have zero, zero respect for anyone, male or female, who gets between a couple. Aren’t there enough single people in the world?

ninjacolin's avatar

Here’s an oldie but a goodie for the ladies:

With child, without alcohol.
No drinking while pregnant.

For some reason I always remember this one poster that said: “There is no known safe amount of alcohol to consume while pregnant.”

tom_g's avatar

@ninjacolin – It looks like this (alcohol and pregnancy) might not be scientifically current: link

ninjacolin's avatar

^ nice find, @tom_g

Okay, new moral from Fred Bookstein Ph.D. in that article: “I tell my daughters not to worry about a drink a day, but don’t ever get drunk [while pregnant] and be aware that after the second drink, you’re not going to be able to count.”


mattbrowne's avatar

Affirming the dignity and worth of each person and treating everyone with respect and common courtesy.

Blackberry's avatar

Not letting two gay people get married, there’s no moral like bigotry sanctity morals :D

Qingu's avatar

The veil of ignorance.

Works even better than the golden rule.

cazzie's avatar

@Qingu you are always interesting. Now, you’ve given me a new book to read. shit.. the pile grows larger…

Your_Majesty's avatar

Mutual and equal respect would be enough for me.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

It’s not selfish if you choose to do as much for yourself as possible while doing the least amount of harm to those around as you make your way.

Trojans40's avatar

“Balance your life”

woodcutter's avatar

Be well, do good work, & keep in touch.

SavoirFaire's avatar

“Don’t hit at all if it honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft.”
—Theodore Roosevelt

“Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.”
—George Bernard Shaw

SavoirFaire's avatar

The Six Mistakes of Man:
-The illusion that personal gain is made up of crushing others.
-The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed or corrected.
-Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it.
-Refusing to set aside trivial preferences.
-Neglecting development and refinement of the mind, and not acquiring the habit of reading and study.
-Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.


koanhead's avatar

No matter where you go…
There you are.

koanhead's avatar

@zen Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife,
Nor the ox her husband bought her,
But thank the Lord you’re not forbid
To covet thy neighbor’s daughter!

Hibernate's avatar

Delay, deny, derail and… denial.

koanhead's avatar

The stages of academia:

Plucky's avatar

Question everything.

Poser's avatar

@PluckyDog: Are you sure about that?

ninjacolin's avatar

“Take time to know her” – Percy Sledge’s mom ;)

Plucky's avatar

@Poser I questioned posting that :P

markylit's avatar

Honesty is the best policy.

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