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Mark Atwood
Aspects of my personal "Philosophy of Morality"
In a thread elsewhere in LJ, the following was posted:
Pfft. Like anybody actually enjoys being moral. We enjoy the fruits of morals (like not getting mugged repeatedly) but the act of self-restraint and consideration is rarely enjoyable. You don't have to like it, you just have to know how to do it.

I pondered over it for a while, and responded with:

I disagree. Self-restraint and consideration is often enjoyable, both in themselves, and in the "fruits of the harvest" that come from having self-restraint and consideration, to people who have the ability and inclination to think things through!

Having a very short time horizon combined with an attitude of indulgence results in a life experience that is full of poverty, loneliness, and physical disability.

This aspect of existence is a feature, not a bug.

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intrepid_reason From: intrepid_reason Date: July 5th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very well put.
happilymyself From: happilymyself Date: July 5th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I can think of a few counter examples, of moral behavior that is more enjoyable than the converse, DURING the behavior, not just during the payoff.

Honesty is one. I CAN'T blatantly lie. It's difficult. I'm bad at it. It makes me nervous and very uncomfortable. (Lies of omission are a lot easier, assuming I'm not being asked any direct questions.)

Also, I consider the act of "being myself" (a form of integrity) to be one of the most enjoyable states I've ever encountered.

Fulfilling an honorable contract (more implied than written), to be very enjoyable and rewarding, even in the midst of the work.

Work towards making myself more productive and self-sustaining is also enjoyable. Nothing like swinging a hammer, digging in the garden, or making arrangements for my business.

Even donating money to causes I deem will change the world in the direction I feel the world should be changed, is enjoyable. I try not to give anything when I'm feeling pressured or guilty.

Perhaps the author of that has a lot of "morals" which need to be re-examined in light of his/her selfhood. Perhaps he/she has a few morals which he/she has accepted as good from society/upbringing, which have no rational validation in his/her own mind. Upon coming to those validations (or throwing them out if no validation can be found), he/she may enjoy more the act of behaving morally.
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