The moral of a story is the lesson that story teaches about how to behave in the world.
Moral comes from the Latin word mores, for habits. The moral of a story is supposed to teach you how to be a better person. If moral is used as an adjective, it means good, or ethical. If you have a strong moral character, you are a good member of society. If someone is a cheat and a liar, you might say, “She is not a moral person.”
Moral: (adjective) Concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles. (noun) The significance of a story or event.
I have learned many morals over the years, and I am sure there are many more to come. The latest one that I have learned is so simple and yet incredibly important: Life is too short and fragile for misunderstandings.
There is a theory about empathy (which I created about 10 seconds ago), which states if you fully empathised with someone and knew everything about them, not only would there be no misunderstandings, but you would never feel the need to judge or hate them.
The only problem is: everyone lacks empathy. Literally everyone. Humans have always lacked empathy; it is not just ‘narcissists’ and ‘psychopaths’. Go read a history book. Then look at how we treat animals. Case closed.
Misunderstandings block empathy, connection, intimacy, and love, and can lead to unnecessary conflict, fear, hate, and even violence.
And this is why communication is so important too. But that will be another post for another day.
Until then, here’s an ant and a grasshopper, because morality n shiet…