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they may or may not come from 'on high' Stephen -- but, if the majority doesn't 'accept' the ideas -- they won't be the standard.



LR,

Even the dictionary definition you provided, didn't say anything about a majority, only a "standard of right or good conduct".  Where your definition differs is that it equates majority with "standard".  Don't get me wrong, I recognize that there is one sense in which the word "standard" refers to the status quo, or general consensus.  A synonym for this might be "commonplace", or "usual".   But the word "standard" has quite another sense, which refers to an ideal or exemplar... a high water mark.  It is this second sense of the word, that I believe even your dictionary definition refers to.  


Why do I believe that?  Because following the word "standard" is the phrase "of right or good conduct".  And "right" or "good" make little sense if "standard" is taken to mean merely conventional.  How often do we, even in our respective careers, refer to what is conventional as "sub-standard"?  It might be standard that nurses inject IV medications without swiping the tubing with Isopropyl Alcohol, but it is shabby nursing.    


With your reinvention of the word, I wonder why you would even want to retain the word.  If it merely means what is common practice, why not just say so?  


And my whole point is that praxis always gives rise to the moral question, whether it is in the majority, or the minority.  And the majority doesn't automatically get the question right.


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There is an (Native/Germanic) English word for Morality.  That is, thewfastness.  
Thew means virtue, moral, habit.  fastness means fastenedness, fixedness, firmness.  

There are also many other English words that hold cleaner meanings: Wisdom, Righteousness, Godliness, wellwillingness.

I don't think these things are based on the majority; rather they are based on doing better.  If you have a garden you learn and know the difference between tending, watering, helping it grow, and stomping, breaking, hurting it.  When we have will and do deeds, that tend, water, and help life's Garden, then we truly do what is good and moral, just as life's health and heartiness shall show; when we have will and do what stomp, break and hurt life's Garden, then without a doubt we do what is evil and immoral, because the health and heartiness shall fall down, and therefore truly life itself is a true evidence and speaks for itself if we are doing good or evil.   When we have better will, and do better, life is better.  
I believe that must be what morality is about.  If it is not, then I will not follow morality anymore, or use that word anymore.  What's the point?  
 
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