This blog originally founded by Blogger who holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Stages of Moral Development and Kim Davis of Kentucky

Marching to Own Drum
Lawrence Kohlberg, an American psychologist proposed six stages of moral development (Over simplified for purposes of this article.)

Stage one. Children obey rules to avoid punishment.

Stage two. The child will follow rules because they see they can’t play a game without rules.

Stage three. Morality is acting in accordance with what the social group says is right and moral.

Stage four. People abide by the rules of the society in which they live.

Stage five. Some teenagers and adults develop a morality based on reason.

Stage six. Examine the validity of society's laws and govern themselves by what they consider to be higher moral principles. Adults here are motivated by individual conscience that transcends cultural rules. Here the person might give up his/her life or go to prison for their beliefs–people like Rosa Parks who started a movement by refusing to move to the back of the bus. And, will it also include Kim Davis in Kentucky after Huckabee explained to the world her position?

12 comments:

Sarkazein said...

Blogger- Great thought in comparing Rosa Parks' actions to Kim Davis' actions.



Sarkazein said...

Blogger- My father would have really enjoyed your posts.

Anonymous said...

Kim Davis is an agent of government and is not allow by the US Supreme Court to discriminate against fellow citizensshe is sworn to serve, based on HER own personal religous beliefs.

Happily Married said...

Sark,

If you think Rosa Parks and Kim Davis took a stand for anywhere close to the same reasons - you are the epitome of what is wrong with this country today.

Sarkazein said...

HM- Rosa Parks, Gay "rights", Kim Davis, civil rights.... it's all the same.... you said so.

Happily Married said...

Sark,

You do understand that Kim Davis, relative to civil rights, was just the opposite of Rosa Parks - she is more like this: http://teenagefilm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/620120622091012001_t607.jpg

Once again - to compare her to Rosa Parks is a farce.

Sarkazein said...

Kim Davis' protest/civil disobedience was related to the First FIRST Amendment while Rosa Parks' was a minor violation of a Montgomery Alabama City Ordinance.
Rosa was about the fifth or sixth person to violate a local segregation bus ordinance. Rosa got all the press because she had been trained for civil disobedience the others are merely a foot note in history. Kim Davis has had no radical training and truly grass roots "stand up to the man".

Sarkazein said...

The true heros were the first to violate the bus ordinance. Kim Davis is the first to stand up against judicial tyranny in this matter. Rosa stood up against a bus driver and a beat cop while Kim Davis stood up against a Federal Judge.

Sarkazein said...

And I haven't even looked into Rosa Parks' marriage history yet or the number of children she had. No telling what I'll think after I research that.

Anonymous said...

Blogger

Liberal like Rosa parks stood for human rights, justice, liberty and freedom, Ms Davis like most conservatives is standing for discrimination, exclusion, bigotry, supression of human rights and against Religous freedom of ALL Americans not just her brand of Christianity.

Sarkazein said...

I am sure there were people of all races on that bus who were trying to get home or to work. Why didn't Rosa just get off the bus or walk? The law is/was the law.

Sarkazein said...

Why didn't one of the Gay White people who were also forced to ride in the back of the bus give up their seat for Rosa?