Someone who is amoral is one that does not know the difference between that which is right and that which is wrong. More and more western society is becoming amoral, as morality is taught as something that is relative to the situation.
Amorality is not to be confused with immorality. A person that is immoral is choosing to do that which is wrong, knowing full well that it is wrong. In many ways amorality is more dangerous. A person who knows they are lost can turn to what is right, but a person who has lost their compass will have a hard time finding their way at all.
Legally, Amorality is reffered to as "insanity" when the person is incapapable of knowing right and wrong.Amorality is not to be confused with immorality, in which the individual does have a sincerely held moral code, but it is one that is considered immoral by most other moral codes. For instance, Al-Qaeda is immoral, not amoral, because they morally believe that since America is evil, they are religiously required to annhilate it. Most individuals would feel this view is immoral, but Al-Qaeda believes it is moral, and thus has a sense (albeit a deformed one by most standards) of morality. Amoral individuals, on the other hand, have no moral code whatsoever.
- American Heritage Dictionary (4th ed. 2000) defines "unmoral" as "1. Having no moral quality; amoral. 2. Unrelated to moral or ethical considerations; nonmoral."