DAY 196: JULY 15 – Not All Moral Compasses Point North

~ Interior of the Rosenborg Palace, Copenhagen by Heinrich Hansen

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The afternoon light shines into the interior of the Rosenborg Palace. The open door at the end of the room adds depth and perspective into the painting.  

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Wisdom

Morality is herd instinct in the individual.

~ Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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Wit

Morality is the theory that every human act must be either right or wrong and that 99% of them are wrong.

~ H. L. Mencken

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What Happened

622: Mohammed flees from Mecca to Medina.

1099: The First Crusade conquers Jerusalem.

1606: Birth of Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn.

1834: The Decree of Suppression ends the Spanish Inquisition.

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Writer’s Addendum

Morality lies in the eyes of the beholder. What is morally right for you might be very morally wrong for an Eskimo or a Spartan. Especially Spartans… 

The thing that annoys me most are people that believe that their moral compass is absolutely right. They cannot be more absolutely wrong. Morals differ across continents.  Sometimes even people from neighboring countries have very different idea on what morality really means.

What is morality right has always changed with time. Back in the dark ages, saying the sun is the center of the solar system will get you tied up to a wooden pole and burnt alive. As cultures evolve, what is morally accepted change. It is inevitable. Science has now proved, through observation, that the sun is indeed the center of our solar system. And we have stopped burning people alive for believing so.

One should have a moral compass. But always consider that not all moral compasses point north. 

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