Morality, Social Values and Power in Society (1)

I was told by someone that morality is the fabric of society. It is said that morality is a collection of a society’s core values. Morality is a collection of a code of behavior. If someone breaks it (or part of it), by not observing or by contravening (going against it) then that person is weakening the social values.

And because of that, famous people, like actors and actresses come into direct spotlight from the guardians of morality. Celebrities have a huge influence to many people (the public). If an actress breaks a moral code, then this behavior will have negative consequences, as ordinary will take that as an example (not to follow that particular morality code).

This reminds me of the actress Shriya. Yes, she eventually apologises… for her offensive “dress”…

Anyway here are some more of her pictures, courtesy of Ragalahari.


Picture Credits: Shriya @ Ragalahari

Sometimes, I wonder if such an apology comes with real sincerity. It may be the case that Shriya is really sorry for what she had done.

Shriya 2

Picture Credits: Shriya @ Ragalahari

But the apology may also be because of the potential threat to her career. The HMK or any other groups claiming to be moral guardians may launch campaigns that will eventually hurt her career. If the apology comes from a threat, then, there is something else happening here….

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Picture Credits: Shriya @ Ragalahari

As has been said earlier, morality is also about power in society. This is because, the code of behavior (i.e. code of morality) is often designed and evolves around society’s established elite. It is seldom that ordinary people have a say in the design of any morality code. Of course, in some cases, the elites may have a power base derived from the grass-roots i.e. common people. But that does not mean that the voice of the common people are heard of or being considered upon. And things get worse if that society is not naturally democratic or if the ideas of democracy does not or is yet to take deep roots.

Although India is now a democracy, that idea is relatively recent i.e. from 1947. And then democracy in India has to co-exist with feudal traditions like caste and religion and tribal traditions.


All picture credits to Ragalahari


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