Monday, February 2, 2015


Moral action or behavior is often expressed in terms of respectability such as decent and decorous.  An action deemed less than moral in a given society is said to be reprehensible, contemptible, or despicable, that is to say, socially unacceptable, or simply rude.  If ethics manifests itself as social respectability, it also interfaces with esthetics.  Vulgarity is crude.  Violence is ugly.  Dishonesty is dirty. Obscenity is unsightly.  Deception is repulsive.  Killing is hideous.  Philosophical arguments aside, it seems obvious that morality seeks goodness, and goodness perceived is beauty. 

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