What is Morality?

Identify if the following situations involve a moral decision or are morally neutral?

1. Choosing whether to eat a salad or chicken nuggets for lunch.

2. Deciding what to tell your parents about a party that you're attending on Friday.

3. Telling your employer that you can work a late shift the night before Final exams.

4. Choosing a particular candidate in an election.

5. Admitting to a friend that you didn't stand up for her when your friends were talking about her behind her back.

6. Whether or not to try out for the golf team.

7. Choosing which college to attend.

8. Deciding whether or not to take your friend's ADHD drug so you can stay up all night to study.

9. Talking to your friend's parents about her cutting.

10. Eating at Panda or In-In-Out.

Morality: A set of values and principles that guide someone’s choices about what kind of person he or she is becoming.

Culture affects our morality. Where we come from and how we were raised affects our moral decisions.

Consider...how were you raised? How were you taught morals?

Write: From an early age we're taught not to hit, bite, and the importance of sharing our toys. What are some moral teachings that you learned when you were younger?

Morality of Adulthood

We must be critical of the influences around us and the morality that they instill. What will be my morality?

Plant an act; reap a habit.
Plant a habit; reap a virtue or a vice. Plant a virtue or a vice; reap a character. Plant a character; reap a destiny.

What virtues do we want to cultivate?

A habit is a regular pattern of acts.
A virtue is a good habit, an inner readiness to accomplish moral good.
A vice is a bad habit, an inner readiness to accomplish moral evil.
Character is the combination of our virtues and vices.

Destiny is what finally becomes of us, which depends on the character we build in response to God's help.

Ahlers, Julia, Barbara Allaire, and Carl Koch. Growing in Christian Morality. Winona, MN: Saint Mary's, 1992. Print.