Morals come from a sense of understanding and passion to do what is right no matter what.  Striving to satisfy your inner moral compass is all but easy though.  Decisions must be made every day that can sway your views on morality one or the other and sometimes even completely change how some people view you as a person.  How can something we all know about be so hard to follow and so hard to keep on the positive (or right) side of the spectrum?  Morality is all about choosing what’s right and what’s wrong in many different aspects of life.  It’s choosing whether or not to let your best friend cheat on the upcoming exam, whether or not you should lie for a friend who needs to get out of a situation with his mom, or whether or not you should say anything about your best friend cheating on his/her significant other to that person.  How do we make these decisions? Why is it so hard to do the right thing? The answer although simple enough is that being bad is more fun.  That’s right I said it… being bad or doing bad things sends a kind of adrenaline rush through most people because you’re breaking the rules and doing things that could be seen as “sticking it to the man”.  Morality is one thing that you should really strive for on a daily basis, something you should really want for yourself and the people around you. The ideals of honor and integrity should mean EVERYTHING to you.  Sometimes it won’t be easy.  Sometimes it won’t be fun.  Sometimes you may end up losing friendships or relationships because you strive to do the right thing.  But really, how can you live life to its fullest if you consistently have bad morals.  Who likes people like that, people who pick bad choice, who do crappy things, or who wouldn’t go out of their way to help you out and give morally accurate advice to you in a time of need.  It’s no wonder the nicest people are always surrounded by people who motivate them and help them continue down that “road less traveled”.  It’s hard enough to keep a moral compass pointing north, but doing it on your own will prove to be one of the hardest things ever.  Morality, in my eyes, comes from the people around you, from your parents, from your friends, from your education, and from inside of you.  It really is your decision to stay on a moral high-ground, to stay ahead of a world that usually goes the opposite direction of morality.  It’s up to you to choose the right people to surround yourself with, to uphold the virtues and morals instilled in you through the years of your life.  It’s up to you to really keep your head on straight and strive to be the best and most kind person you can be. What is life with negativity? With a never-ending path of wrong-doing’s and bad decisions?  Where will that path take you? Where will you end up while making those decisions? Look in the mirror and realize morality is really the best way to go, the best and most direct path to a happier and more fulfilling life.  Now tell me, why is it the “road less traveled”?  Seriously, tell me…

 

-Eric Welter

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