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The Correlation of Morality and Religion



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There are two components to the moral education of a human being. There is the secular moral education, where compliance with the law, ethical behavior in school, play or business, and other non spiritual requirements for a solid, acceptable set of behaviors, norms, and values that make a person a functioning member of society. The secular moral education is codified and expressed in the law, forms social approval, and other forms of punishment, reward, or recognition. From frowns to bullying to ostracism, the person who does buy into the consensus about right and wrong/good and bad has many real world and secular aspects to the consequences for their behavior.

Secular moral education is not enough to help with the unexplained and uncontrollable forces and experiences in the natural world. Religious moral education incorporates understandings of our interactions with the explained and unexplained/proved and unproven natural world into religious constructs for understanding how our world defines our life systems and how our spirits are incorporated into the world.

 Most of religions involve mystical or mythical explanation of divine entities, human and world origins, unexplained phenomena, miracles, belief in spirits, and belief in the truth of teachings or philosophies that are based in ancient mythology and philosophy.  We have religious moral education to help us with conflicts in understandings where there is no secular or scientific proof or explanation. Religion is most important in our understandings of good and bad/right and wrong within a conceptual framework of our obligations to or vulnerabilities something that is greater than all things, all life, all spirits, and all people.

In between secular and religious moral education, lies the life experience, mental, and emotional capacity of the individual to take in such education and incorporate it into all aspects of their life. A traumatized child will develop pathologies which include inability to feel shame, guilt, or remorse for their actions, or to continue responding to physical or other forms punishment. In essence, emotional, verbal, and physical abuse and trauma can destroy a person's capacities to do more than fake having a truely integrated spiritual and secular moral education.  A traumatized adult may find it impossible to bring together a fractured moral education after extremely horrific experiences.

The correlation between religion and morality lies in a successful and comprehensive moral education and life process where an individual has reached enlightenment by resolving all conflicts about right and wrong/good and bad in both the secular and the religious contexts, and in terms of their life experience.

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