I’m a nobody, but I do have an opinion on how important morality is in a time of peace and war. In peacetime, a country with morals on its side will be able to spread, influent, and expand soft power throughout the world. In wartime, a country can use morals to rally allies and hearts to strengthen its war agendas. In my opinion, morality is super important for a country to uphold as you never know in times of need the only thing a country can fall back on for support and strength is morality.
With the right moral values that do not appear to be having hidden agendas, a country can use its moral values to push for an agenda on a world stage. Nonetheless, forcefully pushing for an agenda in a way that seems to utilize a country’s moral values for blackmailing another would render her moral values almost ineffective. In the short run, it would seem to work, but in the long run, she would find out that her earlier efforts have been waning and losing fast.
In wartime, moral values can glue disparate ideas and forces into a united front. Unity in strength and efforts in wartime is super important because without this everything would not be able to move forward in a time of need. Without unity, there would be no hope left for fighting against an enemy. Without hope, there won’t be another fight. Thus, it’s important that moral values are upheld in the highest esteem in wartime.
When a government sets up a propaganda machine, its purpose is clear. She is trying to unite minds in one direction for a purpose that she wants to achieve. In general, she wants to convince her population that her side holds all the right moral values. Propaganda is complex, but the purpose of propagandizing is rather clear. It’s to convince and make a belief. Nonetheless, in the long run, propaganda would fail terribly if the government does not hold moral values that people at large would hold dear to their hearts. After all, there is always someone else who would want to pick apart the propaganda plot.
Even in a single battle, the side with the moral values that are worth dying for may enable soldiers in such a battle to fight with all their might. Perhaps, with such a purpose or purposes, these soldiers may actually allow her side to gain an upper hand in wartime even when this very single battle is lost. This shows how important moral values are for peace and war.
In summary, I think moral values that do matter to people are the ones that would encourage people in peacetime and win the war in wartime. Without the moral values that do matter to the people, propaganda would work for a while until the illusion breaks apart. Without the right morals, a country cannot win hearts and minds. Simply put, morality is super important for a country to not only win hearts and minds but to also build and upkeep her freedom. The freedom allowed her regime to last much longer than otherwise.