Morals define what is considered “right” and “wrong” behavior within society, providing a guide for individuals to follow. It is what many believe the main underlying and unifying principle that allows for improvement in man and civilization at large (Black, 2014). While we have developed our own ideas of what we accept as “right” and “wrong” once we’ve become adults and can largely define these concepts in terms of specific behaviors, this is not a concept we are born with. As children, we must acquire this concept as we develop (Black, 2014).
There have been many theories and explanations as to how this process occurs. This has resulted in a great deal of thought and discussion among members of numerous fields including philosophy, theology and more infrequently, psychology. Throughout human history, communities have been concerned with the type of person that a child will ultimately become. Will they will develop into genuinely “good” individuals who benefit society or “bad” individuals, who are detrimental to their community?