Ethics Versus Amorality

Every school kid knows that amorality is what makes Capitalism work.  It’s an indisputable principle that the moment you start to worry about the other guy the economy falls apart.  There will always be delusional people who insist that ethics are important, but those at the top know the economy doesn’t operate ethically.

In ordinary language, the term ‘amoral’ is highly ambiguous.  It can be confused with similar terms, ‘unmoral’ and ‘nonmoral’.  Further, although the terms ethics and morals are often used interchangeably, ethics cannot be considered relative in the same sense that morals can be.((Thanks to Lander.edu for the portions in bold text. Available: http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/amoral.html))

Geopolitics is amoral as well, meaning that the strong stay on top by any means necessary.  This often has dire consequences for civilians, especially children, but you have to learn to live with that if you want to rule the world.  It may seem cruel, but the world would be much worse off without powerful leaders who are able to make people behave. 

There are very few actions that can be considered strictly amoral.  ‘Almost all examples involving human intention, volition, or behavior are described in terms of moral categories, since they involve the possibility of helping or harming oneself or others.’

If the little people get upset when they see pictures of dead babies or the trampling of human rights…it’s probably best if they don’t see them. 

I suppose you could say that amoral actions or events are those that exhibit indifference to the moral rules or codes of society, and the refusal to abide by them.  For example, if a person tells a lie without concern for the society’s moral code, he or she has acted amorally.  (Note that this view makes the use of ‘amoral’ intentional.)  On the other hand, A sociopath and a very young child can be called ‘amoral’, regardless of whether society considers their actions immoral, since they have no feeling or understanding of the concepts of right and wrong,

  

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