BY IBRAHIM BUBA
Morality are generally accepted moral standards accepted by the society. Every society has a standard it regards as moral. Being moral entails: able to tell right from wrong and making judgments based on knowledge; good by accepted standards judged by the society; encouraging goodness and decency; personal conscience i.e. what your conscience suggest is right or wrong rather than what the law says.
Morality entails honesty, humbleness and humility. Honesty here means morally upright; never cheating, lying or breaking the law and honesty conotes expressing or embodying the truth. Humbleness necessitates modesty and unassuming in attitude and behavior. It is also a feeling of respect and reverence towards other people. The quality of being modest and respectful is humility.
Amnesia (from Greek, meaning “forgetfulness”; from (a-), meaning “without”, and (mnesis), meaning “memory”), is a deficit in memory caused by brain damage, disease, or psychological trauma. Essentially, amnesia is loss of memory.
There are two main types of amnesia: retrograde and anterograde amnesia. Retrograde amnesia is the inability to retrieve information that was acquired before a particular date, usually the date of an accident or operation. In some cases the memory loss can extend back decades, while in others the person may lose only a few months of memory. Anterograde amnesia is the inability to transfer new information from the short store into the long-term store. People with this type of amnesia cannot remember things for long periods of time. These two types are not mutually exclusive.
Moral amnesia is our inability to reflect and remember our past behavior and attitudes, and to tap that behavior when new problems arises. Rather than we using our pre-existing moral standards in judging the society which we live in, we tend to exhibit new standards which we pick from a distance that is hurtful to our pre-existing attitudes.
We have largely forgotten our moral sense, our sense of right and wrong, relativism is rampant among us. Things, deeds, patterns of behavior, are not good or bad in themselves, but only in relation to existing circumstances. The moral code has become elastic.
This is the basis and essence of the quality of moral amnesia, the disease that will sooner or later destroy us if a cure is not found.