A moral imperative

In philosophy, the moral imperative is the inner human principle towards which he acts. There are moral imperatives in all of us. They are sometimes in line with the imperatives of society, and sometimes they are not. As long as a man respects his own moral imperative he has a peaceful conscience, who can look  himself in the eyes and say “I am a man.” There are people who, during their lifetime, recognize their own imperative and find that such recognition of themselves releases from imposed chains. To such a man that kind of social norms are not necessary. He distinguishes himself good from evil. However, a relatively small number of people are moving in that direction. For whatever reason they would go that way, the society prescribed everything for him only that he should respect it and then he will become a man. Therefore, the majority never reveal themselves, nor disclose the needs of their OWN SELF.

A moral imperative has evolved into a kind of categorical imperative defined by Immanuel Kant. Kant is known for his work on the categorical imperative, which is now more often found in literature, and is more studied than the “moral imperative”. Kant said: “Act only according to that maxim whereby you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law.This means that a person must, by his free will, harmonize his action in such a way that his personal ethical motives and his personal principles can always and in every case survive the general law of mankind. Kant considered this imperative as a product of the mind’s activity: the rejection of this general moral principle would be contrary to the clear mind. Kant approaches his critical living by uncovering the principles of human moral practice. He also points out that in the theory of the mind he did not introduce anything new, he only critically precisely defines terms and clarifies their meaning. In ethics, it is not about determining some empirical morality, but about the method of learning in the field of moral life and about the criterion of evaluation, ie, evaluation of the human practice of action. Kant is not a moral reformer but a theorist of human moral practice. The answer to the question “what should I do?” man finds in himself. Kant considers when human consciousness works according to the principles of fear or hope, not by duty, there can never be the true morality, because it is then a heteronomously ethic, and moral action can not be an instrument of any kind of instinctive or practical goals. Happiness is not an appropriate principle of morality, nor does it have teleological morality (something I have to do because I want something else). Kant thinks it’s still not a true morale.

Self-determination of the will is the highest requirement and the requirement of morality. Moral action also has the purpose and goal in itself. The categorical imperative is the expression of the autonomy of the practical mind. Morally worthy is just what we do by duty. So it can be concluded that everything else done from any other motive (affection, benefit or fear) if it is in accordance with moral principles can only be called legal.

Later philosophers thought that a moral imperative derives from conscience, as a divine voice that speaks through the human spirit. Therefore, the principles of conscience are simply correct and do not need to be further explained.

A moral imperative of sport

Sport is vulnerable to falls (or, on the contrary, to risings) of moral imperatives in society. These falls or climbs are reflected in sport in the most transparent way possible because of the specifics of the sport. Sport must have its own ethical and imperative moral values, but unfortunately destruction is evident in many fields, in almost all sports, in proportion to popularity. The more popular particular sport is and the more massive it is there is a greater deformation in the sport. Whether it’s only personal interests, or the manifestation of the bad sides of the human temper, it is for science to reveal.

The strength, speed, size and agility of athletes in modern sports veneration for the audience and those who accompany those athletes. During the competition, matches, races athletes display excellence in their performance, courage and the possibility of competition under the great pressure. The sacrifice, the departure of selfishness in team sports, teamwork, adaptation and many other qualities that are related to social character are manifested in sporting scouts around the world (Rud, 2005).

A public celebrities athletic successes, goblet and legends that emerged among the winners. Many performances can also inspire broad masses, when the best side of humanity can be observed and confirmed (Hoffman, 1999). Sport, in a certain way, shines like a lighthouse of humanity. However, one should not lose sight of the fact that sport can also serve as a dark source. Immoral, proud and selfish behaviors are often expressed in athletes. Competitive environment ie. the competitive inclination of each individual is often characterized by egoism, unfair, and violence. Thus, a sports court, a playground, a martial arts ground where the participants have been tested. They are tested for these darker human traits that athletes can or can not control. The performance ethic calls on an individual athlete to do everything possible to achieve success (Koakli, 2004).

Many researchers today talk about the sociology of sports morality that should study the governing moral norms, those that regulate sports life and social conditions, and those conditions, again, build such norms. Sociology of sport morality should determine how moral norms in sports life are formed and what role they play in building the moral attitude of an athlete. Most often, the difference between sport morale and morale in sports is not seen. Morality in sport is a fundamental sociological problem, and sports morale is reduced to a fair play.

A moral imperatives of sportsman environment

The athlete is exposed to many external factors during his career development. These factors have a greater impact in younger ages and in the first years of sports, when the environment is more unknown to an athlete and when society, coaches, parents have a huge influence on its formation, and more importantly – the formation of its moral values.

From younger ages, through puberty to the time when an athlete becomes a professional, various moral qualities make him an athlete. No matter how long, over time, he was ethically consistent and lived by and acted according to his principles, sometimes he must come into conflict with moral norms to make a step forward in his professional career. Perhaps there is a problem that exists in modern society and in contemporary and professional sports.

🇬🇧10 times Balkan champion, professional triathlete (representing Serbia), half-marathoner, ironman 70.3, traveler.

🇷🇸10 puta šampion Balkana, profesionalni triatlonac i reprezentativac, polumaratonac i maratonac, svetski putnik.

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