The Human Decision

Making the right decision is easy when you are motivated by the right things. 

Doing good is not necessarily a natural instinct. 

Our natural instinct is to do what most immediately benefits us. 

We are naturally selfish and short-sighted. 

This is our animal nature. 

To be human, to be humane, is to behave differently than an animal would. 

It is to think of others, to think about the big picture, and to think long term. 

To be human is to consider the future, to consider how our decisions affect others, and to do what is best, not just for our personal, immediate survival, but also for our community. 

These types of decisions are not easy exactly because they are not natural. 

In fact, if they were easy, there would be no need for a decision. 

It is for this reason that morality must be taught and why it must be practiced, so that when a decision needs to be made, we are able to do so decisively and without hesitation or regret. 

And, we are able to do this even when, perhaps especially when, the decision we have to make does not clearly and obviously benefit us because we can see past ourselves, our needs, and our desires. 

Morality always accounts for others because, without others, there is no need for morality at all anyway. 

We must be careful, however, to not think ourselves special for doing the right thing. 

The right thing is the right thing whether we do it or not. 

Our participation in morality simply means that we are not animals scraping and clawing at each other for survival. 

There is nothing special in that. 

It is merely the choice to be human. 

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