What is the point of having morals?

It might help to look at different motivations people have for wanting to be moral.

There seem to be two basic camps:

Some feel they should be moral in order to meet some given standard or ideal. To these, morality becomes a black-and-white list of rules that spell out which behaviors are acceptable and which deserve shame or judgment.

Others are motivated to be the best versions of themselves . . . to grow as people and learn to bring as much value as they can by how they live their lives.

One group sees morality as an exact, imposed prescription; the other sees it as a vision or goal that gets clearer and clearer as they approach.

Does one of these motivations give morals a better point for existing?


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