The moral compass • Crystal Faircloth

If you have ever had the pleasure of sitting through a notary class, then you have definitely heard the term moral turpitude mentioned at least ten times. By definition, it is described as conduct contrary to expected standards of honesty, morality, or integrity. Obviously not something you want associated with your professional life, but it seems to be common practice in the outside world. 

Since the pandemic hit, there seems to be an increase in society of members with no moral compass. The world has become a selfish place out of both fear of sickness and differences in opinion. 

Social media was once a place where friends, family, and coworkers could share special moments, events, and photos. Now it’s a place for people to practice that moral turpitude. (There’s that term again.) 

I don’t think I have ever seen a generation of folks go after each other so ruthlessly. I wonder often if they would tolerate such viciousness from their own offspring. A post can have a picture of the sky with a beautiful sunset, but yet the most miserable of acquaintances will argue that it wasn’t taken at the right time or the right angle. A news story can have a simple question of “What’s going on? I don’t understand,” and suddenly a stampede of indecencies is written as a response instead of an explanation.

Suddenly people want to fight standing in line at the grocery store. No one wants to hold the doors or elevator. Everyone wants to blame the poor cashier at the register for the worldwide shortages on the shelf when this innocent human being was the only one who bothered to show up for their shift. People complain about longer wait times at restaurants or methods of payment when we all know the world is short staffed and short changed. We forget to set that moral compass to true north, and be thankful, grateful, and humble for the services and resources that are available to us. Instead, we practice moral turpitude. (Insert here) 

Crime is at its highest, and theft is overwhelming. Dustin and Amber Nealy are trying to build their dream home in Old Dock, but they have been victimized by the lowest of the low so many times that they want to give up. Can you imagine having to give up on a dream because you’ve had it stolen out from under to the point where it seems impossible to recover from the loss? 

We are quick to point the finger of blame. No one wants to come together to reach a solution. Family is against family. Neighbor is against neighbor. The village no longer wants to raise the child physically, and instead makes up awful scenarios about the parent who is trying to make an impact in that child’s life. In Jay Darby’s terms, “Crap don’t run uphill.” 

Look at compass in biblical terms. North is Heaven, and south is Hell. How you treat others and present yourself will determine where you end up. Your salvation begins with the blood of Christ, so it’s only fair to ask what would Jesus do? Do unto others. If you’re not familiar with that scripture, then you could be practicing moral turpitude. (See what I did there?) 

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