- What the organization thinks is right and good behavior
- What the individual thinks is right and good behavior
The idea of what is moral and what is not is fluid. You might disagree and say, “But we all know that hurting others and ourselves is a bad thing and therefore an immoral thing.” In organizations, such as armies, hurting and killing others is the right and moral thing to do. You are in the army and you have agreed to follow orders, regardless of your moral preferences. Everyone knows the commandment, “Thou shalt not kill,” but it’s morally OK to do so in war.
If you are part of a fundamentalist religious group that believes in persecuting those who don’t go along with their program, stoning someone in the marketplace is the moral thing to do. It is immoral to show your ankle if you are a woman in some cultures. And these moral standards change with time.
During the Victorian era, polite people dressed their piano legs with cloth to cover their indecent exposure. An individual may have laughed at such prudery at the time, but they were social outcasts if they made too much of an issue of it.
Morality changes with the times and with different cultures. But some things stay the same. They are the spiritual values that are not subject to the whims of history, fashion, and the quest for power.