So what are the situations where an action is defined as neither right or wrong? That depends on your culture. Cultures tell you and therefore you don’t have to decide for yourself. If you grow up in most cultures in the world today, killing another person, playing God and taking their life, is wrong. But here is where the gray area comes in. What if that person is coming at you with a knife or gun? What if that person is actively engaged in killing your child? Is it justified for you to kill them to prevent it?
Even in situations that are not emergencies—we decide on gray areas by using the following criteria:
- Does this action make me feel good or bad? If I feel good about it, I will proceed. We have a natural emotional guidance system that lets us feel if something is right or wrong for us. Happiness is a great barometer.
- Will I regret it later and will it haunt me for the rest of my life?
- Considering the consequences of my action, is it worth it?
- Does this action harm the least number of living beings?
- Does it harm the planet?
- What are all the pros and cons of my actions?