The Ironic Morality
Moral code, morality, value and so on are all things that are synonymous to the word "ethics". But someone's own ethics cannot be defined nor can they be synonymous to others' codes of life. My ethics are not concrete nor are they always changing, when time passes, ethics and codes of life vary, as surroundings and thoughts change as well. My ethics have changed over time, from when I was four and thought sharing was the best way to live, to now, when I'm fourteen, and an abundance of the circumstances have changed. My ethics are based mostly on my dreams, which I hold near and dear to my heart. Although I live my life in an unscripted, unplanned manner, my moral guidelines have helped me see what I want clearly, and try with all my might to grasp it and hold it tight. Being determined, believing in yourself and being imaginative are the standards I live by, and these standards are what keep me grounded.
I have always been determined. When I was learning to ride a bike, when I was trying long division, or when I was trying to get my feelings into a poem. Despite the bruising, the frustration and the tears, I was determined to achieve all these things and eventually, I did. For me, determination and believing in yourself are kind of like Romeo and Juliet or Heathcliff and Cathy; they belong together. I define determination by doing whatever you feel is necessary to get to, where or what you want. "Believing in yourself' is generally a corny phrase slapped on out-of-date motivational posters, but I feel that if you have faith in yourself, you won't listen to anyone's negative opinion or won't give up on something you crave to possess, because you believe in yourself. Determination and believing in yourself belong together because if you are willing to do whatever you can to get what you aspire to have, it is imperative you believe in yourself to succeed.
Imagination is creative power, your thoughts and dreams made into one. I for one, have an over-active imagination. I imagine going to my college of choice, I imagine being in love, I imagine publishing a book, and so on and so forth. I think that imagination is crucial, because without imagining things, where would we be now? Would we be sitting in a candlelight room if Thomas Edison hadn't imagined a light source that lasts 100 hours? Would woman be sitting at home cooking and cleaning if someone hadn't imagined what it would be like if woman had rights? For me, imagining is living inside your mind, feeling, seeing and projecting everything so it seems real. So many people say that imagination is just a way of escaping reality; I believe it's a way of creating reality.
Others may or may not agree with my ethics. Someone might believe that being determined is really just not being able to know when it's time to give up, while someone else might be convinced that giving up is not an option. Although I believe that believing in yourself is essential to get what you want, someone else might believe that it should just stick to the obsolete PSA trying stimulate kids' minds. Imagination could easily be perceived as a silly, simpleminded approach to thinking, whereas someone else might think that it's the only way get what you want into perspective. Whatever someone might believe, being determined, believing in yourself and being imaginative are ethics I believe in and follow. Times have sure changed since I was four, but morals have no time limit nor do they have a tangible reality, unless you believe in them.
Author's Note: This is essay was written for my English class in honor of Rachel Joy Scott's essay, My Ethics, My Codes of Life. The essay above is dedicated to her memory. If you'd like to know more about Rachel Joy Scott, please go to .org.