Morality Corruption

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Lawrence Kohlberg studied how morality changes with development. When studying how people make decisions about moral dilemmas, he wasn't concerned with whether they had the 'right or wrong answer,' but rather what reasoning processes they used. Kohlberg wanted to understand the underlying principles that people invoke to solve moral problems. Kohlberg believed that morality develops in three stages: preconventional, conventional, and postconventional. I would like to apply these stages of moral reasoning to modern culture by aligning them with the post-election actions in 2008 by Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.
At the first level, preconventional morality, Blagojevich's decisions are characterized by punishment and reward. At this reasoning level, he had to weigh whether or not he could get away with his actions or if he would get caught. He also had to examine his possible reward (a payoff).
At the second level, conventional morality, Blagojevich's decisions are characterized by societal values. He had to evaluate what society approves and disapproves of. This is also the level where breaking the law comes into play.
At the third level, postconventional morality, Blagojevich's decisions are characterized by internal moral principles. I think its safe to say that by evaluating the former governor's decisions and actions would lead most people to the conclusion that he decided immorally at every level.
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