Morality Have you met someone that resembles you in every aspect? Talks, walks and thinks as you? You'll never. You're an original masterpiece in creation. You're unique. Here is how Buddha expresses individual uniqueness. "I am not the first Buddha who came upon Earth, nor shall I be the last. In due time, another Buddha will arise in the world - a Holy One, a supremely enlightened One, endowed with wisdom in conduct, auspicious, knowing the universe, an incomparable leader of men, a master of angels and mortals." 1. moral 2. immoral 3. amoral Three D’s to follow Discerning as summarized in STOP 1. Demand of the principle 2. Dynamic interaction 3. What is the requirement? Virtues Habitual and firm decisions to do good. 3 theological virtues Faith Hope Love Cardinal Virtues 1. Prudence 2. Justice 3. Fortitude 4. Temperance Word Association 1 Growing up 2 face and body 3 crush 4 deodorant 5 Hair rebond 6 Eat all you can 7 Sex scandal 8 Pak Ganern 9 Aling Nitz 10 Bible What is true freedom? It is our capacity to do what we should as persons- in community. It is doing the “good”. Freedom can be understood in fromtwo senses Freedom to do everything that opposes our true good as personsin-community. Freedom for- it is the freedom to grow in the likeness of Christ. Freedom is grounded on truth Galatians 5:1,13–14, Conscience Guides us in moral living and it is the function of our reason that judges or discerns the moral goodness or evilness of our acts. 3 distinct stages of conscience 1. Instinctive– an act is judged good if it is rewarded and evil if it is punished. 2. Ethical – one begins to understand that particular acts uphold universal values. 3. Christian – to have moral judgment reflect our deep, personal and mature faith in Jesus. In My way what way do people today sometimes assert the -did -my -way mentality? What is then conscience? It is an aspect of our human reason that directs us to do good so we can live in true freedom. Our conscience should be guided and formed by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. What conscience is not? Misconception 1- Conscience is individualistic Misconception 2- Conscience is God’s voice within us Misconception 3- Conscience is our feeling of guilt Misconception 4-Media’s depiction of conscience as an external reality is accurate Misconception 1 Conscience is individualistic Malinis ang konsensiya ko. Wala akong pakialam sa iba. It’s between me and my conscience. What matters most, whether what I did was good or bad, it’s okay. Misconception 2Conscience is God’s voice within us Our conscience can sometimes be mistakenly judge as objectively evil to be good or vice versa. We should not equate conscience with God’s voice. 3- Conscience is our feeling guilt Misconception Nakakakonsensiya ang ginawa ko. Misconception 4 Media’s depiction of conscience as an external reality is accurate It is due to confusing and conflicting notions in a very entertaining but misleading ways. Example is Jiminy Cricket from the story of Pinochio. Peter Parker The teenager, Peter Parker, the alter ego of the popular comic superhero, Spider man, became a true hero by understanding and taking to heart the wise words of his Uncle Ben, “ With great power comes great responsibility.’’ He, however learned the meaning of these words the hard way. After gaining phenomenal powers, the young Peter Parker used his talents to make easy money and simply enjoy his newfound abilities. On one occasion, he witnessed a crime but simply let the criminal go free. When his Uncle Ben died in the hands of the same criminal, Peter realized the meaning of his Uncle’s words and committed himself to using his powers for the good of others. Galatians 5: 1 For freedom, Christ set us free: so stand firm and do not submit against the yoke of slavery.