Deepen Your Moral Capital, It Will Complement Cyber Capital

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The ability to display virtues that help people reconsider trusting you (as a leader) is what’s missing in our country. Every corner you take people have lost hope in the ability of leaders to lead. It seems as opposed to working together for a common good, some people- most notably those in leadership positions- have lost it. It is because of this decline in moral capital that we’re exactly where we are.

Sztompka has a very good take. “How does moral capital manifest itself? On everyday basis, it motivates us to be kind to others and to expect the same in return, to smile to strangers, to help people we do not know, to not be afraid of meeting new people, and to become open to, and tolerant of, anyone who is different from us. It is because of moral ties that entrepreneurs’ startup companies, invest, save, take out loans, develop innovations, and, as a result of their joint efforts, contribute to economic growth. Indeed, moral bonds are why people go to polls, become involved with the local governments, establish NGOs, associations, and foundations, support social movements, and take an interest in public affairs. The heart of political life is at the grass-roots level, in civil society, and not only among the political elite or on TV.”

In light of the above thought, it becomes apparent, that we lack moral capital. Evidence, permeates our cyber space. Take a look at what we have in that space.

Everything leads us to believe that a lot has gone terribly wrong in our societies. We’ve gone wrong in our morality as a people. Too much uncertainty in our way of life. All that we have on social media say something is morally grotesque within our societies.

Naturally, one would think that deepening our moral capital can and will supplement our cyber capital. Cyber capital can be viewed as the use of cyberspaces productively.

Here’s what I mean by that: as opposed to being nasty on social media people should start empowering each other. This conception comes from the understanding of moral capital, which basically encompasses use of moral for a common good.

Obviously, if people care about their ways in public spaces life can be lived with a sense of welfare for all. Today, cyberbullying has become rampant because people don’t feel a sense of responsibility about what they say. But, with a sense of responsibility people will start caring for others.

In every field or profession, professionalism should be esteemed. Think of it this way; if the youth were to become morally adept, how would that affect our cyber space influences?

Much of the chaos we have as a society spring from uncaring behavior of the supposed future leaders. Unless moral standards are set and upheld, cyber capital is continually threatened. Cyber spaces have become the platforms of intimidation and ridicule. Yet, with deepening moral capital things can change for the better.

Is it not true that we all want a better future? Well then, it begins with us. It all hangs on our will to change for the better. Those in leadership positions should also feel bound to deepen their moral capital. Only then will we be a better, thriving nation.

One last thing, clear understanding of freedom of speech and/or expression should be established. People are only free to the extent that such a freedom doesn’t compromise the freedom of us, most notably, on our cyberspaces.


Teboho is a Social Worker, Writer and Inspirational Speaker. He is in pursuit of MSc. in Managerial Psychology. Graduates are able to apply psychological principles and methods to tackle challenges in the work environment and provide effective practical solutions. Acting as industrial-organizational psychologists.