I need to remind everyone of this; whatever I write in these blogs are: my testimonies, experiences, struggles, things I have witnessed, my beliefs and my opinions. I am NOT a counselor or psychologist. Now that that is out of the way, lets dig into this topic.
Last week in class, we were looking at the history of Early Childhood Education and we were checking out Socrates. I was impressed with how they said he sought to discover the universal principle of truth, beauty and goodness, which he believed should govern human conduct. This Athenian Philosopher stressed the ethical principle that a person should strive for moral excellence…..Wow!!! moral excellence!!! Is it possible?
My opinion is that we all should strive to attain moral excellence. Lets get into the meat of the matter.
According to dictionary.com morals are:
- concerned with the principles or rules of right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong; ethical: moral attitudes.
expressing or conveying truths or counsel as to right conduct, as a speaker or a literary work.
founded on the fundamental principles of right conduct rather than on legalities, enactment, or custom: moral obligations.
capable of conforming to the rules of right conduct: a moral being.
conforming to the rules of right conduct ( opposed to immoral
): a moral man
Here are a few synonyms for the word moral: integrity, behaviour, morality, conduct, manners, belief and ethics….. Therefore morals are doing and being good. Check this comic strip out. What will poor Deb do? Will she succumb to peer pressure or stand up for her morals? What would you do in a situation like this?
What is peer pressure? Dictionary.com say that peer pressure is social pressure by members of one’s peer group to take a certain action, adopt certain values, or otherwise conform in order to be accepted.
All of us have dealt with peer pressure at one time or another. I can remember in my teenage years, my best friend who was younger than I was called me one day and told me all the gross details of how she gave away her virginity. I was shocked and felt stupid. What do I mean by that? Well, after I was given every last detail and we hung up. My thoughts were, how could that have happen? I am older than she was and she went and had sex before me. I was stupidly determined to get a boyfriend and do the same. I felt like I was behind in this game and that I had to keep up with her. I felt pressured indirectly to follow my best friend. After all what was wrong with having sex if my bestie was doing it. Long story short, I did not look for a boyfriend and I did not have sex. Actually, I gave my heart to the Lord shortly after that. No, not like a week after. Maybe months after. Thank you God…:) 🙂 So I kept my morals in tact here because it was my belief that we were to be married before having sex. Yes, even as a teenager that was my belief and of course I still believe that today.
I know it’s not just about being pressured to have sex. It is also being pressured to: do drugs, steal, hate, bully others, wear inappropriate clothing – to show all your God given assets, to disrespect people or your parents because only cool kids do that. NOT!!! It’s being pressured to: deny being a Christian or to hide it. I was pressured too but I got saved early and so God helped my not to succumb to certain things but there were a few that I did succumb to and I regret those up to this day.
What am I saying? If you are being pressured to do anyone of these things I listed, I implore you/urge you to tell a responsibly adult about it. Tell your parents if you can, your pastor or a school counselor.
It is your life and you are the one who will have to face the consequence/s. Keep your morals in tact, keep your integrity in tact. It is not cool to the wrong, IT IS STUPID!!!!!
May God’s wisdom guide us.