Ethics and Spirituality

The question of identity has a priority in morality; the moral appropriateness of actions and accountability is in relation to the sense of self. The prominence of identity as a central concern is significant for ethics and spirituality, both of which assume that action is determined by the specific identity of the person. It is argued that agents relate themselves to meanings, purpose, and values within the personal domain of spirituality. This intra-relatedness refers to the relationship between one and one’s own self, the integration between one’s body, mind, and spirit, which gives meaning and personal identity to one’s life.

This is different from the inter-relatedness which is about the relationship between one’s self and the outside world. This is not to deny social identity: ‘the ethic of subjectivity’ has a role which is evident in the value attached to self-expression and fulfillment; to doing ‘what feels right’, ‘following your heart’, and cultivating ‘emotional intelligence’. In such contexts value is attributed to ‘feeling’.

In spirituality, one of the recurrent themes is a quest for personal integration, in which the highest value in the individual’s spiritual belief system creates an ethical orientation though not necessarily to God.


[This article has been written as a part of the series –“Ananta Daily“. To know more about Ananta, check this.]

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