reply to post by EvilSadamClone
Not quite. There are two basic kinds of morals: subjective and standard.
Standard morals are morals created in a code, morals that are established by an organization, or a leader of an organization, by which all members are
bound to live, and all associated individuals are encouraged or shown to live (depending on the degree of controversy, of course)
Subjective morals are morals held within the private beliefs of any single individual, which may be held in common but are not mandated. These morals,
such as animal treatment and the ingestion of certain products, are not necessarily widely held, but are very present within the mind of the concerned
individual, and will affect how they live their life, and interact with others.
The moral I was referring to was subjective moral, moral that is not necessarily religion, but feels either "right" or "wrong" within the
Interestingly, Edward was born to an Irish mother, and the Irish, in the time of his childhood, were almost always Catholic. Anyone not Catholic was
often exiled from the family and/or county, as a disgrace to the religious community mindset. This suggests that all of his morals were Catholic in
nature, although his intelligence (whether vampirically boosted or otherwise) would have adjusted as per the changes in culture throughout his
unnatural life, therefore his morals would have changed slightly as he realized the true nature of religion.
But there are some standard morals (i.e. murder) that would have "clicked" with his subjective morals, thereby ingraining themselves in his nature.
In fact, he actually discusses the moral implications of his conversion, and how he came to terms with them. Hence, it is clearly shown that this
isn't the run-of-the-mill vampire we're dealing with, but something that is, in its soul, very much human. The series even goes so far as to explore
the soul of vampires, and whether or not they are truly damned. It is this level of philosophical exploration that actually drew me into the series. I
believe that nothing is truly evil or truly good, and the series touched on that with vampires, something the world generally regards as pure evil.
Essentially, it was a veiled attempt to "enlighten" us...and that, I think, is what repels most of the conditioned society. It's a cash cow,
certainly, but most of the "manly men" and religious types will eschew the subject purely because of what we've been taught to believe.
Myself, personally...well, I like to think for myself, and explore these "taboo" subjects. If it is discouraged by the populace, then I want to look
at it myself. Curiosity killed the cat, but who actually held the knife, so to speak?
That's my point in this thread. Do you understand now?