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Does morality create more suffering than it relieves? Show more Show less
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Morality can cause suffering, and can also relieve suffering. But where exactly is the balance? Does morality create more suffering than it relieves, or relieve more suffering than it creates?

Yes, morality creates more suffering than it relieves Show more Show less

Morality is irrational and can cause internal conflicts with one’s self, life would be much easier with less suffering without morals. The absence of morals can end in narcissism, which would mean not having the moral obligation to go out of your way for anything that doesn’t benefit you, and the ability to take advantage of others for a benefit to you.
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Yes, morality is restrictive and shame-inducing

Morality often limits what someone can do. Additionally, people will inevitably slip up in the pursuit of a moral goal, and the shame that doing so causes contributes to suffering rather than relieving it.
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