Moral Compass

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There is a difference between having a good or strong moral compass and being a good person. No matter how much you believe in justice or equality or anything else, as long as you don’t actively follow that compass, you can’t honestly call yourself a good person. In fact, that might even make you worse; you know something is wrong but you do it anyway. On one hand, I like to think that I believe in truth, justice and the equality of all God’s children, but in reality, even if I do believe this, I don’t change my actions to fit my own code.
Lying has always been something that goes against my moral code. While it’s not necessarily the utmost condemnable thing a person can do, it is a more accessible evil. Most people I know don’t commit murder or other grand crimes, but I’d venture to say most people I know lie. Ever since I was young, I always felt that lying was so deeply wrong, purposefully deceiving the people around you. As long as I remember, I would feel so ashamed whenever I lied, but on the
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Frankly, it doesn’t really matter what my moral code is or how stupid my standards are for myself, if I seem like a good person and just tell people what they want to hear, I will look fair and relatively moralistic. Your morals don’t count towards you success. And although it may cause personal unhappiness, everyone at some points needs to choose either their morals or their ambition. Choosing your morals may mean deeper emotional happiness but choosing your ambitions means great success overall. I may be a hypocrite, and an unhappy one at that, but considering following my ambitions has worked for me for the past eighteen years, I’m unlikely to stop now. At this point, my ambitions have drawn out a map for me, I’ll go to a good college, get a well-paying job and be otherwise successful. Emotional happiness be damned, I’ve worked to hard to suddenly change my entire path in life and start following my

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