Thursday, December 09, 2004

immorality is costly

Just as morality is for the good of all—the clergy and the laity, the young and the old, the rich and the poor and everybody else—immorality is the curse and scourge of all, too. This is the teaching of life, the lesson of experience, the testament of history.

The commandments are well known to everyone everywhere irrespective of their race, color and creed. Reason: They are imprinted in every human heart and written in every human mind. Only the half-wits, the irrational and the insane can legitimately claim exemption from their knowledge and observance, meaning and implications.

Elementary truths: Virtue builds. Vice destroys. Goodness is a blessing. Evil is a curse.

Dishonesty disgraces the dishonest and hurts his victims. Injustice dishonors the unjust and harms his target object. Killing is an argument against the killer and the end of the life of another.

Adultery means a dead sense of decency, a rejection of fidelity, a numbness of marital equality and spousal commitment. Alcoholism ultimately means lack of self-esteem and respect, communicates a certain insecurity and self-depreciation. Gambling conveys indolence and time waste, greed and avarice.

All the above demeaning behavior when repeatedly indulged in and continuously observed, deadens the voice of conscience, drowns well meaning advisories received, converts wrong to right, vice to virtue.

The common denominator of all vices is money needed, money wasted and more money sought. Immorality is costly not only in terms of material resources but also in terms of integrity, decency and honor. And all these infallibly and progressively undergo diminution first and ultimately lost thereafter.

The cost of immorality becomes bigger as the immoral person occupies a higher public office.