What is legal is not necessarily moral and what is moral ..........

@acevivx (1566)
Philippines
January 27, 2009 9:14am CST
Can anyone share their thoughts on this statement and whether they agree or not. "What is legal may not necessarily be moral and what is moral may not necessarily be legal."
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@eichs1 (1934)
• Philippines
8 Mar 09
What is legal are supposed to have been promulgated based on the morals existing in the society. However, the diversified opinions on what is moral made the statement "what is legal may not necessarily be moral and what is moral may not necessarily be legal" a true one. If all people will have a common opinion on what is right or wrong, then all that is legal will also be moral. There are already good examples as to why the saying is right so I don't have anything to add anymore.
@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
10 Mar 09
You might just have a point there. However, it might be next to impossible for everyone to have the same moral viewpoint since we have different values. But there's nothing wrong in having a positive attitude that someday we might attain such high level and common moral grounds.
• United States
29 Jan 09
Legality is decided upon by legislators who, increasingly often, prove themselves to lack morals. What is moral is decided by ourselves, and what we're able to justify to our consciences. They're often diametrically opposed. See Spike the Lobster's response for examples. Additionally, morality is often fluid, while legality is constantly being "tightened up" to make it inflexible.
@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
29 Jan 09
The law seeks to provide justice but it does not always succeed and in all fairness to lawmakers, there are still many who are moral. There are also many good laws which however are not effectively implemented because of the law enforcers who do not do their job. The problem is in the implementation. I guess morality on the other hand is indeed based on our conscience and our religious upbringing and there are things which may be legal but in all conscience are not moral. At the same time there are things which may be moral but are not legal in the eyes of the law. There will always be this conflict because to ensure justice you cannot always please everyone.
@riyasam (16578)
• India
28 Jan 09
i think ,morals depends on ones conscience,i donot agree to abortion on flimsy grounds but then that is legalised in many countries.
@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
28 Jan 09
That hits it right on the spot. Abortion may be legal under the law of some countries but it ca never be morally right.
@become (89)
• United States
27 Jan 09
Legality and morality for me is based on my emotional instinct. Just as bird knows to fly south, we understand what is right and wrong yet everyone is different in their life upbringing. If a family is hungry, is it right for them to take food. If a person comes after your family, is it right to defend and kill. If you fall in love with an alien or another race, should you worry about being ridiculed. This topic for me only goes as far as my experience. I try not to put forth my opinion on another's experience as I have no idea where or how they grew up. What I do know and what I live by is I know what is right for me based on my overall feeling and life. The idea of even my answer being moral is at question, and in some parts of the world may not be legal. Circles, circles, circles.
@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
28 Jan 09
I don't think the question of legality is based on emotion. I think it is based more on your spiritual upbringing and beliefs. You are right though that in some jurisdiction, self defense or defense of family is a legal justification even if you kill someone but this not necessarily moral since the commandment is "Thou shalt not kill"
• Philippines
27 Jan 09
I think my present situation will very much agree with that.. I have a boyfriend now who is a lot older than me. He already has a family but he and his wife is divorced now. Our relationship would be legal, but to the eyes that surround us,it would be immoral. He being over 40 and me still a 20 year-old girl.
@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
28 Jan 09
I think what is not moral is not the difference in your age but the fact that he has a family and is divorced. In the eyes of God, what God has joined together, let no man put asunder.
@g_aileen09 (1354)
• Philippines
27 Jan 09
you do something illegal and you go to jail. you do something immoral and you also go to jail, or be ridiculed at. I think they're the same. because morality is already governed by law... both man made and that of nature.
@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
28 Jan 09
mostly what ism legal is also moral but there are many instances when what is legal may not necessarily be moral. Like when it is legal to have an abortion (in some countries) but in the eyes of God it is not morally correct.