A Moral Compass, by definition, is used in reference to a person’s ability to judge what is right and wrong and act accordingly.
A moral compass is something that develops over time. Although I am certain DNA has something to do with it, I suspect it has more to do with the people in our life who, from a very young age, lead by example, teaching us morals & values, moulding us into decent human beings with a good sense of right & wrong.
At some point in our lives, we become solely responsible for our own moral compass. Now & again we may need a gentle nudge or swift kick in the butt to readjust our mindset, but for the most part, if we have been raised with the proper tools in our moral compass toolbox, we have the wherewithal to know what we should & should not do.
This is what I find both interesting & challenging.
Even if people are equipped with the same amount of tools in that toolbox, one’s moral compass seems to widely vary from person to person. In other words, my expectation of what I deem to be right & wrong may be very different from what another person may deem to be right & wrong.
It has been suggested to me on more than one occasion, that I spend a great deal of time and energy taking care of those I love in various capacities. I take no offense as I am only too happy to do so. It is the core of who I am as a human being.
I acknowledge I have high expectations of myself when it comes to caring for others, chipping in when I may or may not be needed. I have been accused of worse things.
My question is how do other people, who are equally equipped with the same tools, not feel the same sense of expectation for themselves? It’s a conundrum for me.
Do you have high expectations when it comes to your own moral compass?