Rawson, happily taken 23 year old British dork hailing from Teesside, North East England. Freshly trained historian.
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Also semi-NSFW sometimes.
This is a question of morality that I use to justify to people of extreme evangelical beliefs (be it Christian, Muslim, Jewish etc) where I get my sense of morality from in the absence of a religious faith, though the concept is not just restricted to a religious context.
Basically, what defies the sort of person you are is not what you do when you are observed, but what you do without recognition. Anyone can be seen to be virtuous and moral when under observance of their peers or when they believe that god is watching them. But the truly good people do what is right regardless of whether it will be recognised or observed.
A personal example for me would be a few years ago. I was waiting behind a girl to use a cash machine at university. She finished up and I noticed she had left £20 in the machine. This could have helped me greatly (I was a poor student at the time), she hadn’t noticed her mistake and there was no one else around watching me. For all I know she could have been a wealthy woman who didn’t even need it. I could have just took the money for myself and no one would have known what I had done.
Instead I chased her down to give her the money.
See for me, morality has never been motivated by repercussions. I try and do good things not with any expectation of reward in the afterlife or because I want people to see and acknowledge them, I do them because it’s the right thing to do. My own reward is the knowledge that I have done good for goodness sake, that when given the chance to immorally profit without any repercussions I chose instead to do the right thing.
I found it very spiritually fulfilling to know that in the dark I am at heart a good man.
Alfred the Great never saw a fully unified England, and that’s sad.
But he laid its foundations and pretty much established the hegemony of Wessex over England which his descendants consolidated.
The guy fully deserved his moniker. To anyone who doesn’t know of his story, he was the 5th son of his father, the King of Wessex, and due to wars with the Vikings ended up inheriting pretty much the last Anglo-Saxon area of England not under Viking rule. He went from being a hunted monarch hiding in a swamp to kicking the Vikings out of England.
Every single Royal dynasty of England (aside from the Normans) are descended from him, which enshrines his immortality in the pages of history.
I could go on for hours but honestly, just look him up.