July 22, 2008

My *Darker* Epiphanies (I): Morality vs. Reality

Posted in Epiphanies, Knowledge, Literature at 6:02 pm by faith786

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum,

I guess this post is a start of a series of epiphanies that may be a bit darker than my normal ones.

As I probably have mentioned a load of times on my blog, I am writing a book. (INSHA’ ALLAH) And one thing I touch upon is this idea of morality in the real world. One example I use is the idea of violence in war. Sometimes it is necessary to strike an attack to defend oneself from potential harm. For example, many towns were attacked by a single army and that army intends to attack your town. To prevent harm done to yours, you forward to attack them first, although they technically did not do anything against your town yet. Is it wrong or being realistic? What if that army attacked your town and killed everyone? Would it be better to attack first to prevent those chances of death?

Another example is someone killing their neighbor’s dog because it was attacking him. The man had to defend himself, and in the process, *accidentally* killed the dog. But the neighbor demands more money than the dog is worth. The man could not afford it. He tried to deceive the town court by saying that he had to defend himself from dying and that it was not his fault, but his neighbor’s for letting the dog out. In reality, he accidentally killed the dog, but he chose not to reveal it and argued to himself that the dog could actually kill him, but used it just to avoid to pay back the neighbor an unreasonable cost that the dog was worth. Was it wrong on the neighbor’s part or on the man’s for stretching his story. The man insisted upon because he could not afford it and the man overcharged because he felt his dog was really worth that much, regardless of market opinion. (I am not referring to that, Sarah. >=D )

So I guess what it boils down to is that in both scenarios, the person(s) doing the action is doing “an immoral act for moral reasons.” But was it wrong for him (them)? He(they) did that to avoid a greater evil. But at the end of the day, the people in both situations did not do the right thing. They had to trust their judgement over God’s providence. We are not put in these situations to see our own judgment, but rather to see if we can adhere to God’s will. The first one, the town had not put their trust in God to protect them. In the second, one can argue that the man had to defend his life, but really, his life was not being jeopardized. He should have trusted that God will provide for him.

Morality and reality are under God’s will. If we do the right thing, God will do His part. We may not see His Mercy as an immediate repercussion, but it is there. Like the sun–we may not see at night, but that does not mean it does not exist or help us at night. If the sun did not shine on the other side of the world, we would all freeze and die. =)

I don’t know–I just feel like people are often put into these situations and think because an injustice is being done against (or potentially against) them, that it gives them the right to behave just as unjust. As the wise proverb goes, TWO WRONGS DON’T MAKE A RIGHT. And my favorite quote from Jude the Obscure, “Don’t do an immoral act for moral reasons!” (I think it was Sue?)

I do understand that there are situations where things can get life threatening, but otherwise, I stand that we should do the right thing and let God do the rest. But sometimes when we pick the right thing, it can mean life threatening situations *later on,* like in the first example. But other times, people think because if they do the right thing, it will make life harder. True, it would in the second situation, but it is not something that would literally kill you. Often people think that if we don’t have money=dead. But we never really had control of our money from the start. Maybe I don’t understand that situation because alhamdulillah, I have not been in a situation of poverty. But even still, I have heard from people in low-income families that they trust God and they still get by. Money does not equal life or death. But that is a separate epiphany.

Anyway, I think it is rather a murky epiphany, but a serious problem we all face. Hence, it is part of my darker epiphany series. I hope it helped you think about these issues!

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2 Comments »

  1. Noreen said,

    That epiphany was amazing. It is so true.

  2. malrose9389 said,

    nice.


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