The Longman dictionary defines regeneration as giving or obtaining new life, form or growing again. Morals have to do with the principles of right or wrong behavior and the difference between good and evil.
In literary terms, moral regeneration refers to a very elevated moral maturity that is immune to compromise of any level.
A person who has gained moral regeneration is guided by principle rather than subjective opinions or feelings about what is in question.
In the human written history, the greatest icon of moral regeneration is found in the Greek mythology. In one of the myths, one man who had been imprisoned while tied to a stone for 3000 years did not retaliate against his adversaries when he was released and elevated to a king.
In the Bible, the most exemplary character and epitome to rogue youth is Joseph. After being sold, he did not harbor any grudge against his brothers. Contrary to what one would expect, he became their savior in the time of famine.
Very few people attain moral regeneration. The process of achieving it is comparable to getting pure gold. Before getting gold, the ore has to succumb to extreme temperatures to produce pure gold. Many people fail to achieve this because of the ever weakening and degeneration of moral value systems in the contemporary society.
The only way through which education can achieve the inculcation of lofty moral values is by the infusion of religious studies in the curriculum.
By making Religious Studies a basic subject of study at all levels, learners can be helped to appreciate the divine power’s role in the transformation of one’s character.
Pious individuals are always driven by robust moral principles in their actions.
Psychologists explain bad behavior as being a product of the unconscious part of the human mind. The conscious mind carries around 85 percent of the total human mind.
The implication is that chances of engaging in vices are always higher than those of doing good. Without strong moral foundation embedded in one’s superego, the individual will always do evil.
The Biblical support of the psychologists’ view is that humans are incapable of doing good without God’s power.
The world can avoid bloodshed as a result of conflict if the society attains moral regeneration through a well balanced education system that pays attention not only to the cognitive development of the learners but also the heart (affective).
The author is the Director Of Studies at Nu Vision High School, Kabuga.