I’m beginning to get a bit annoyed at people presenting ‘It’s wrong’ as a valid argument or reason not to do something. I could cope with ‘It’s illegal,’ or ‘It goes against my moral code.’ But saying ‘wrong’ is just wrong!
Morals, ideas of right and wrong, are subjective. We tend to take our ethics from the people around us: family, school, church, wider society. We do not all have the same beliefs about what constitutes acceptable behaviour.
Sometimes when I say this, people think I am trying to excuse certain behaviour, sympathising with a perpetrator of a crime or questionable act. That is not the case at all. I do have my ideas of wrong and right, and they are generally in line with the majority: one shouldn’t steal, lie, kill, and so on. But I do not think it is a bad thing to acknowledge that different people feel differently. I don’t have to like it, or agree with it, but I’ve got to admit it.