Contextual morality and phases of life

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    In your book Six Causes you say:

    A mother is morally responsible to discipline her children when they are kids but not responsible for them when they have become adults. We have many contextual notions about what is morally right and wrong, and these rules change with roles, statuses and phases of life.

    It would be interesting to explore the issue of life phases and morality. How do we know when the transition from one phase to another has occurred, and thus know that a new moral context is now active? I think this is very important to establish, because what I’ve observed, especially in parent-child relationships is that there is an inertia on behalf of the parent to see their child as a child even when they are no longer objectively a child.

    When is the mother’s responsibility to discipline her child end, for instance? Is it universal for all humans (such as is indicated in astrological positions as ‘Jupiter return’, a transit that happens to everyone at the age of twelve and is said to substantially expand the thirst for knowledge, risk and adventure in everyone)? Or is it something to be seen on a case by case basis, based on other considerations?




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