Morality – True Intentions

True intentions – In Nietzschean philosophy action is about intention. I construe true intentions as the moral imperative of what is done when no one is watching us —> there are no witnesses. True intentions are what we do when no one observes our actions. Living by true intentions is being well-intended to do what is right. The allegory of The Ring of Gyges is from Plato’s Republic (4th Cent B.C.), and concerns true intentions. The allegory runs something  like this: Gyges is a shepherd who comes across a corpse wearing an expensive ring. Gyges is invisible to other people –—> no one is watching him. What will he do with the ring? Will he take the ring for his own? What are his true intentions? We all should ask, “What would I do with the ring? Thomas Aquinas insisted that, “morality depends on intention,” (12th Cent). The moral question for us all is, “What temptations in life will we act on if we will not be caught?” True intentions is answering the question, “What do I truly intend, mean, or aim to do?”

I propose that the litmus test for Higher Morality is a person living by a manifestation of true intentions. True intentions are a sanctification of one’s inner views, ideas, emotions, values, and beliefs. The question becomes, “Is my moral presentation to the world coming from my true intentions?” A moral presentation of true intentions is the opposite of giving platitudes, banality, and triteness. We all should tune into a reflective state and honestly ponder our true intentions. Do we act from a morality of fabrication, hidden agendas, secrets, lying, social expectations, and political correctness? Or, do we present ourselves to the world with true intentional morality of openness, honesty, frankness, and one’s true agenda? True intentional morality is a person’s authentic morality. A core morality of true intentionality is one indication of self-credibility and a life of distinction. They are at the very heart of who we are and where our conscience resides. It is living by high moral standards because it is the right way to live. The critical thing about true intentions is that no one really knows the true intentions of another person. True intentions are our inner convictions emanating from a consciences subterranean inner core morality that no one can observe.  And, as in the case of good and evil only a person’s behaviors and actions can be observed.

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