If we stop focusing on what we wish the world was like and instead accept how it actually is, we can formulate better questions. Instead of getting stuck on what we think is righteous, we can ask what is the most effective next step to move from where we are now to where we want to be? One simple tool for asking more effectual questions is to supplant conversations about “morality” with conversations about “vitality”.
Morality, on the one hand, relies on a constructed cultural narrative about the distinction between good and evil behavior whereas “vitality” simplifies this conversation by asking questions about what does and does not create wellness and engender life force within us (and our communities).
We can ask ourselves, does this or that action create vitality or decrease it?
It should go without saying that this is still a very simple tool and is not meant to replace all other considerations. Questions about morality and ethics of course still have value.
But give this simple “vitality test” a whirl and see for yourself how it works. Let me know how it works for you.