Claire from MANI

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While you’re considering doing something potentially beneficial to you, ask yourself if your actions could bring grief to another.

My favourite pastime these days is hopping on Twitter spaces. One day, I joined a space where someone was arguing that the concept of right and wrong is not ingrained but learnt.
They posited that without laws or value systems we would not instinctively know right from wrong. This conversation leaned toward John Locke’s ‘tabula rasa’ philosophy — everyone is born an empty slate and our surroundings shape who we become.
I thought about this from a biological perspective. I asked myself, ‘Claire if there were no laws, how would you know right from wrong’ The only answer I could give was pain.
I think one of the things we can instinctively recognise is pain or hurt; especially when it is expressed. I think this is what also informs what we perceive as right or wrong. Most of the values we’re taught to imbibe are those that uphold positivity into the world and repel hurt.
It is important to put this into perspective in our daily dealings. While you’re considering doing something potentially beneficial to you, ask yourself if your actions could bring grief to another.
Be kind.
With all my heart,
Claire.
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