The Designation of Morale

Does morale exist? Where? Morale only truly exists within the conscious mind of the human being; a constructed evaluator with which we judge opinions and acts of others as of ourselves. It is therefore a tool for interpreting the reality in which we exist. However, as with many things, humans tend to apply their judgement on people that might have different ways of thinking, without regards to their opinions.

On the one hand, where interpretation and judgement are impossible to avoid as they are constantly working in our minds and reacts as fast as the thought itself, morale is on the other hand created after interpretation, judgement and reaction, and is derived from the combination of the aforementioned values. Something that we actually (often) have to reflect upon before a valid value has been given us, and something that is in need of more complementary information sources.*

In this way morale might seem necessary as an additional interpreting device, but it may suddenly seem questionable as soon as we take a look at the functions of morale. It is an evaluator built upon the concept of good versus evil. With morale in mind, we weigh these two extremes against one another to determine what is morally acceptable and what is not.

Not only does morale concern the surroundings of oneself (and thus painting one’s surroundings with the colours of good and evil), but it also concerns the line and contrast between two extremes, which is seemingly hard to apply to reality, as one will quickly find out.

Also, morale fathoms the idea of a general opinion about good and evil and therefore does it not only ignore the opinion and judgement of those who are deemed “evil”, but it takes for granted a general agreement upon which behaviours are acceptable and what is not. Thus, having morale determine the value of one’s surrounding is like taking for granted that a majority holds the same opinion as oneself, even though no one that holds against one’s opinion is even concerned.

Morale might serve a purpose in the validation of oneself and the actions performed by the self, but as soon as it is applied to the surrounding world, morale only helps the generalization of living beings and deprive of them an opinion and voice of their own.

*Interpretation is dependent on a received message as well as experienced and learned information, while judgement is dependent on experience through situation and personal opinions and interests. Reaction is dependent on a received and interpreted message of information, filtered through a judgemental value. Morale is dependent on the sum of these, but is sometimes in need of a re-evaluation of situation, as well as an interpretation of personality and personal history of the sender (the source of the message which has been sent, received and interpreted), filtered through personal opinions and experience within the self, before a valid value can be given.

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2 Responses to “The Designation of Morale”

  1. Interesting take on morale. Morale to me simply means being in high spirits even when there are impediments in our progress ..

    Thanks for sharing … will visit again

    • Perhaps, it is an interesting thought, and I am always open for reflections and discussion. Thank you for visiting, you are always welcome back!

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