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Psychology - The Perception of Right and Wrong

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6 months agoeSteem2 min read

Morals, culture, religion and nature teaches us to put a distinction between good and bad, right and wrong, appropriate and inappropriate, sweet and bitter, edible and inedible, charming and disgusting, beautiful and ugly, fair and unfair, and so on.

The concept of good and bad is relative from one person to another, from community to community, from one association to another and so on. Right and wrong is basically discerned by weighing actions and intentions on the scale of the rules and regulations guiding that jurisdiction.

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Before a person takes an action, he x-rays his intentions with what is acceptable around him. With this, he decides what should be and what should not be. Likewise, when an action is taken, which is considered to be inappropriate, it is also judged with the values or the standards laid within that environment. Since ways of life differ across sects and races, standards also differ. This means what is considered right in one gathering is gravely frowned at in another gathering. What is permissible one village is a taboo in another.

When a young man in a particular community sees a snake for instsnce, he sees a companion, a neighbour or a deity; another young man elsewhere sees a snake as danger, he therefore puts up a wall of defense and device a means of ending that menace. While it is normal and right to some people for a parent to punish an erring child with some strokes of the cane, it is considered an abuse and a punishable offense in other climes.

Given that right and wrong is relative therefore, it is important to deal with everyone with some level of tolerance and adhere to the values, standards or rules of a new society or association that you may belong to. When you understand that your right is another person's wrong, you will be able to d Al with everyone with understanding, thereby promoting peace and harmony.



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