If your morals make you dreary, depend on it, they are wrong.Robert Louis Stevenson, novelist, essayist, and poet (1850-1894)
Now there's a thought for you!
Granted, I think it's a dangerous thought for someone trying to talk himself out of doing the right thing. . . . but it's a freeing thought for someone chained to a deadening sense of duty; it's an ennobling thought for someone facing trying times.
Dreary sacrifice or courageous over-the-top gift?
Dreary attendance or breathless assignation?
Dreary shouldering of a burden or joyful embrace and carrying off of a prize?
We get to choose. Somehow. And yes, yes, yes: I recognize that I am dealing here more with motive rather than a so-called moral "content." Morality is not the same thing as rules.