The magic key vs the situational key (12-28-21)

1 year ago

Lack of Character: Personality and Moral Behavior:

I think the general unit of observation for psychology is the individual and for the sociologist it is society.

For Protestantism, the focus is on individual salvation, and for the Jew, the focus is on the Jewish people.

Scholars with a background in evolution see evolutionary psychology as the key to understanding how the world works just as theologians regard their discipline as the king of studies. Sociologists see social mores as the magic key. Psychologists talk about the Big 5 personality traits, but sociologists may argue that these traits are shaped, in part, by our interactions with others. For example, when I am successful in life, I am more outgoing, more energetic, more generous, more agreeable, more open, and less neurotic. When I am failing in life, I go in the opposite directions.

From my reading over the past few weeks, I’ve realized that we don’t have a true self because who we are depends on our context. We are different in different places. We are different when we are with different people.

If there is no true self, then there is no moral character.

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