7 Moral Rules

7 Moral Rules

Morality is meant to promote cooperation. Oliver Scott Curry, an anthropology lecturer at the University of Oxford found that they can be characterized into seven rules that are consistent across the world: 

  1. Help your family
  2. Help your group
  3. Return favors
  4. Be brave
  5. Defer to superiors
  6. Divide resources fairly
  7. Respect others’ property

Cultures differ hugely in how they prioritize different cooperative behaviors which changes the outward presentation of these rules. For example, if stealing to provide for your family is a higher priority, it can supersede respect for other’s property. 

Source: https://qz.com/1562585/the-seven-moral-rules-that-supposedly-unite-humanity/