I think that morals/ethics have to be the most important thing to a person in order to be able to function within your own world and society. I don’t necessarily have all the morals/ethics that society subscribes to or I should say that mine are slightly skewed versions of what most of society holds dear(killing innocent people is wrong, treat others how you wish to be treated ect.), however I also have extra ones that a very important to me.
The most important one that I have is to treat all animals with kindness and compassion. As such I’m a vegan and all my cosmetics/toiletries/cleaning supplies/shoes/clothes are cruelty free, I will happily pay extra to ensure that what I’m buying hasn’t cause harm to an animal and to ensure that my money doesn’t go toward harming an animal. When it comes to my medical care(which is rather extensive) I have to swallow my morals/ethics to keep myself alive/give me ‘quality’ of life and I feel guilty about it with each pill I take/test I have. I try to offset what I can’t help with ensuring everything else around me is cruelty free.
While I could go on and on about my various other morals/ethics which I conduct my life around I’ll skip to something else that I think is very important when it comes to morals/ethics.
There are people who take their morals/ethics to excess and/or extremes which causes a rather dangerous problem, the loss of site of reality. While I believe that conducting your life in a way that will make you feel comfortable is important it’s also very important that you stay aware of what general realities are around you. To use an animal rights example(one which I seem to have to point out to many advocates) the meat/animal product industry is ripe with cruelty and injustice, which we are all aware of in some degree. Obviously the quickest way to end this cruelty would be to have the world go vegan(I’m sure there’s a few people giggling or making a ‘pfft’ sound right now but bare with me), this might be very easy for some but the general reality is that it just isn’t possible and it’s really not going to happen. In this situation you don’t just drop the moral/ethic because the world around it doesn’t subscribe to it you do what you can within the reality to make it fit as closely as possible. For me this means that accepting those around me are not going to live/eat the way that I do and rather then trying to force them to do what I do(which I feel is rude and wrong), I seek to improve the lives of those animals in the meat/animal product industry by signing petitions, going to rallies emailing companies ect. This kind of flexibility is very important in order to cope with the surrounding world and can be an essential part of staying mentally healthy. It’s through this kind of adaptation and flexibility that I’m able to slowly(very slowly!) turn my depressive/negative thinking into acceptance and more future focused. A guitar string that is too tightly strung(inflexible) will snap and a guitar sting that is too loosely strung(giving up/dropping) will not play but the right balance makes a beautiful sound, this approach is what I use when going about my own morals/ethics and life in general.