University as Moral Community

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However, what they failed to realize was that even though a society can help them in creating a peaceful and just environment under which everyone can live together peacefully, it cannot break the psychological and emotional barriers created by different ethnic and religious backgrounds. Hence, instead of living together under one set of norms and values, people started forming their own communities and making their own rules according to their values and traditions. This led to the creation of many problems, which threatened the peaceful existence of people in the society. To understand these community problems, it is necessary to evaluate the situation through psychological and social perspective. This effort has been taken by the authors Faye J. Crosby and Elisabeth Lubin, in their article Extending the Moral Community: Logical and Psychological dilemmas. From the article, it becomes clear that the only solution to the problem of violence and hatred in the society is to ‘forget and forgive’ the past and accept the people as they are, because it is the ‘past’ of the human beings which haunts them psychologically and provoke them to take revenge through violence, hatred and destruction of people belonging to other communities, who they think have done wrong to them. However, people who can take an important step towards eradication of hatred between people from different communities, are the students from educational institution because they are young, open and more willing than their parents to understand and accept people from ‘other’ communities. University as moral community ‘Community’ is an important aspect of the society. It is made of a group of people who share same culture, values and ethnic background and who prefer living together in same area or locality. As ‘community’ is made up of people who share same personal and social values, it allows its members to express themselves freely without the fear of hurting someone’s sentiments or insulting their traditions unknowingly while expressing. Hence, people form communities to feel safe, comfortable and respected. However, society is not made only of religion, ethnicity and traditions. To maintain peace and equilibrium in the society, the system of law and order has been established based on the morals held by people. As it is the morality of people which is the core of the society and communities, the authors of the article Extending the Moral Community: Logical and Psychological dilemmas, have kept ‘moral community’ as a focus of their discussion. According to the authors Faye J. Crosby and Elisabeth Lubin, moral community is a group to whom the rules of justice apply (1). What they mean is that a community is called a ‘moral community’ when people belonging to that community agree to follow the laws, rules and restrictions that are set by the authorities of the community. The word ‘moral’ in the ‘moral community’ refers to the social principles, ideas about the ‘right and wrong’, values and beliefs that are held by people. Hence, people in moral community follow the same set of rules which are applicable to everyone who belongs to the community. Sadly, the