Mikael Nalbandyan – When Is One Moral?

“A person is moral when he cannot even have a desire to commit a crime – not out of fear of authorities but because of high consciousness and solidarity.

After the thought of a crime has arisen, whether a person committed it or not, he is an immoral person for us, for if not for the law prohibiting it, he would have committed a crime.

He does not commit a crime not out of the realization that it will cause deprivation, grief, or death to his ilk but because it is a sin, because crime is punishable.

In other words, such a person would harm others if it did not threaten him personally. Here, there is no morality – rather, there is formal morality.”

© Mikael Nalbandyan Artist: Martiros Sarian

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