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A Decade of Morals — Have Yours Changed?

As the decade winds to an end, it’s natural for us all to look back at the years behind us. Last night I shared a drink with a friend and reminisced about Y2K. I thought back to the friends I celebrated with, the relationships we had all been in — and how far we each have come.

As often happens since the birth of this blog, I started to consider how my personal morals and ethics had developed over the last ten years. I think in many ways I’m less naive, yet more idealistic. Harder in some ways, and more passionate in others. And those changes have definitely played out in my daily ethical decisions.

I’d like to think that I make better, wise, kinder choices than I did ten years ago. It’s certainly easy to remember some royally bad decisions I made in the past, and to see that such screwups and failures have become less and less common.

I wonder if that is the norm; do we tend to become more “moral” as we age, or do we become harder and more self-concerned?

How have you grown in the last decade?

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posted December 11, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Harder or more self-concerned? Probably neither. Most of us think we are doing okay when it comes to making good ethical judgments–it’s the other guy who is screwed up. Overall, I think most Americans, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or religion, are a pretty stedfast group, continually improving!

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Charles Cosimano

posted December 11, 2009 at 11:04 pm

Can’t say that I’ve changed at all in the last ten years, at least as far as philosophy goes. I’m still the confirmed cynic.

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posted March 8, 2010 at 7:02 am

In Christ Jesus you have to change…it is inevitable…we are putting on His armour to protect us and developing the mind of Christ. We are letting Him lead us and bending to His Will for us…..growing and maturing in Him…casting off our sinful behavior and walking and following the Spirit. What a Divine gift and with that comes great joy in following Him and learning His ways.

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