What does it mean to be Morally Responsible in Modern Society?

Moral responsibility denotes the comprehension of right and wrong and the willingness to act morally in any situation. People evolve with time, and some behaviors that were acceptable decades ago are considered immoral, unethical, and uncivilized in modern society. Even in the present world, the morality concept varies across cultures and geographic locations. Nevertheless, the article will explore behaviors and actions demonstrating moral responsibility in modern society.

The first behavior entails environmental conservation. Environmental conservation constitutes using renewable energy, replacing fuel cars with electric ones, recycling materials, proper waste management, and raising awareness about climate change and its adverse impact on humans, animals, and plants. Morally irresponsible persons do not care about climate change and environmental conservation. They throw trash anyhow, buy non-recyclable items, and deny climate change. On the other hand, a morally responsible person understands that, although climate change is not currently severe, future generations are vulnerable to the adverse effects of global warming. Therefore, they act morally by protecting plants, animals, and future generations.

The second practice involves charging the right price. Businesses exploit the demand and supply conditions to charge more money. For example, when the demand is high and supply is low, suppliers charge exorbitant prices because consumers do not have options. Such was the case when a pharmaceutical company hiked the price of a tablet from $13.50 to $750 overnight. https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/09/21/drug-goes-from-1350-per-tablet-to-750-overnight. The price hike is a common practice in business whereby owners fleece consumers. A morally responsible business owner does not swindle customers because the demand is high and supply is low. Such owners are not selfish or money-oriented.

Furthermore, morally responsible persons treat all people, including minorities, with respect and dignity. Globalization has brought together people from different nationalities, races, ethnicities, and religions. People’s movement across international borders creates an environment where there is a majority and a minority group. In some cases, individuals from the majority group discriminate against the minorities, telling them to go back where they came from even though they were born in the same country. A morally responsible person does not discriminate or stereotype others because of their race, religion, age, or gender. They do not judge or violate the LGBT community. They fight and stand against injustices toward minorities.

The fourth behavior demonstrating moral responsibility involves supporting the poor and the needy. Millions worldwide lack necessities, including food, clothing, shelter, education, and healthcare access. The rich or those living a comfortable life are not obliged to help the poor; however, a morally responsible person understands the need to share with the needy. It does not take much to help the poor. For example, instead of buying a large food portion and then throwing it away because one cannot finish, it is morally responsible to order a reasonable share and donate the rest to a food program. The same applies to donating excess clothing and household items.

Those are just a few examples highlighting moral responsibility in modern society. Behaving morally and understanding right and wrong is every sane person’s goal. However, the world is not perfect, and many people do not care about right and wrong, provided what they are doing is legal and won’t make them end up in prison.

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