"The Morals of the Human Race"

Meagan Pace
November 2, 2014

From modern technology, to the development of medicines, to the ideals of Christianity, the viewpoints of humans all over the world have changed drastically. When you look back on the history of the world, society has changed dramatically in its ideologies and morals. The morals that people choose today would be contradictory of the morals of people from time's past. Lives of American's today are based on freedoms beyond what was imagined centuries ago. From religious, moral, and financial aspects, the world today would be unrecognizable to the people of history.

Rewind to the time period of Henry the VIII. Back then, he controlled the religion of the people that lived under his ruling. Those who did not follow his religious oppression were forced to leave their homes, friends, and families behind. Fast forward to the Pilgrims, also leaving their families behind in search of religious freedom, went on to found a new society free of religious tyrants. They ended up, instead of having religion forced upon them, they themselves forced their religion on the natives of the land. Fast forward again to the early to mid-twentieth century. Religious freedom is now a luxury that American's experience daily. Picket fences and picture-perfect lives are a result of people commonly standing on a strong religious foundation. A foundation that would be compromised in just a few short decades. This brings us to modern day. Today, though people in America have religious freedoms, those who exercise are ostracized and looked upon as intolerant based on their religiously founded morals. Which bring us to the moral evolution of society.

The morals of the human race are completely contrary to what they have been in the past. Even going back to just a few decades ago, people did not agree with some of the things that many find to be ordinary in today's society. Years ago, people did not get divorced, have abortions, and teen pregnancy and homosexuality was mostly intolerable. The way the young women dress today would be appalling and the way that people treat one another would be unacceptable. Everyone feels as if their ideals are right and everyone should agree with them. People do not live in peace, but rather in a world where they are mistreated and judged for everything they do. In the time of Henry the VIII, he changed the religion of the entire country in order to get a divorce and now more than 50% of marriages end in divorce. The moral decisions we make often adjust the financial decisions we make.

Many decades ago, the children growing up in America did not have to worry about if you were going to be able to provide for yourself when you got older and in many countries, people do not have the freedom to decide they want to be something when they grow up. Now, as children are growing up, they have to be decisive in what they choose to be when they get older in order to prepare a stable financial future for themselves. Anything that we want or need involves money: we pay for gas to go places, the food we eat, and the new movie that we want to go see. Individuals have to make choices based on their needs and those who make financial decisions based on their wants are often the people that need assistance from the government. In other countries, there is no such system. People either work or they don't and the individuals that do not work normally live in poverty. In communistic societies, everyone is granted equal goods and properties, no matter how hard they work or what their occupation is.

The people of time's past would not be able to comprehend the religious, moral, and financial choices that people in contemporary times make. Throughout the history of the world, an evolution of religion, morals and finances takes place. Many decades and centuries ago, people were not fortunate enough to have many of the privileges that American's have today. In America, citizens have the freedom of religion, make their own moral decisions and their own financial choices: the possibilities are endless. Society has changed dramatically in every country in the world and the consequences of those changes are yet to come in many areas of the world.

Works Consulted

Joos van Cleve's portrait of Henry III, 1491.