Is there such thing as "universal morality"?

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    Or is morality determined by cultures and individuals themselves?
     
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    By definition, no. You can have community ethical standards, But morality, by definition, is the code of behaviour of an individual, not a community.

    Ethics is a code of behaviour shared by a community.
     
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    So it would be erroneous to describe a community as acting "immoral" for, as an example, building a wall or legalizing abortion? The correct word would be "unethical"?
     
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    Ok, so your view is that morality is relative, correct?

    In other words, hanging people for being gay isn't immoral because another culture believes it is appropriate. Is that your belief?
     
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    You can refer to a person as amoral or immoral. You can even refer to a community as amoral or immoral (in that everyone in the community is lacking morality).

    But, the word to use when speaking of a community standard is unethical, yes.
     
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    I don't share your view, but I'm willing to be persuaded. Perhaps you can provide a link to a scholarly source that can corroborate your definition.

    In my view, morality is universal and it comes from God. It is what we inherently know (or should know) to be "right" and "wrong". That which is "immoral" is that which goes against God. In my view, both an individual and a community can be acting immorally.
     
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    So let's see the definition.
     
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    Moral is universal ... I would say: "good is what's good for all and every life" ... but:

    "Es gibt nichts Gutes, außer man tut es."
    Erich Kästner

    and

    "En un mot, l'homme doit se créer sa propre essence; c'est en se jetant dans le monde, en y souffrant, en y luttant qu'il se définit peu à peu; et la définition demeure toujours ouverte; on ne peut point dire ce qu'est cet homme avant sa mort, ni l'humanité avant qu'elle ait disparu"
    Jean Paul Sartre





     
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    And there is no universal standard for either.
     

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