Morality is a myth. It is an ever-changing idea of what is right and wrong, good or bad.
Morality is a myth because it isn’t a concrete manifestation.
Morality is an intellectual construct. It’s not something we can see, touch, taste, smell, or hear. However, have you ever sensed a moral conflict from inside your body, instinctively knowing the right thing to do?
Morality is fluid and organic.
Like water, morality requires movement and engagement to survive stagnation. It needs to be acted upon in the form of conscious practice and participation by those embracing a particular moral model. Morality evolves across time, tribe, geography, and nation through action and application.
With a moral code based on human dignity for all, we can ethically build with the foundation that humans perceive the world through the construction of dualities or mutually arising polarities.
We perceive that we live in an either/or world of good versus bad, agreement versus disagreement, mine versus yours. This leads to a simplistic form of justice built upon an “eye-for-an-eye” worldview — one that’s unnecessarily retributive. The perspective we need to understand about mutually arising polarities is this:
What appears to be two extremes are in a tethered relation with each other and there is a path to cross between each side that’s not unlike 50-shades of grey.
The Tao Te Ching suggests we treat those who are good with goodness, and also those who are not good with goodness.
The Tao is saying we can act in a way that transcends the dualistic nature of justice — who gets justice and who gets punished — by treating everyone with humility, open-mindedness, impartiality, and by responding at the moment as the situation arises.