A moral (from Latin morālis) is a message that is conveyed or a lesson to be learned from a story or event. The moral may be left to the hearer, reader, or viewer to determine for themselves, or may be explicitly encapsulated in a maxim. A moral is a lesson in a story or in real life. The Cambridge Dictionary defines moral as a “social set of standards for good or bad behavior and character, or the quality of being right, honest or acceptable”. Hence, activities that are classified as moral from our perspective may not be considered to have moral behaviors by other ethnic groups. Human rights issues in Islamic countries, such as “an eye for an eye” criminal punishment, is one of the vivid examples. There is no doubt that no matter how well environmental laws are designed, compliance and adoption by people is important. One of the major factors that determine the level of compliance may lie in motivation; others may include positivism, referring to the degree of separation between law and morals. A complete separation of law from a nation’s standard of morals may lead to non-compliance, and the law becomes void and empty.
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