Loneliness as a situation can be corrected, but as a state of mind it is an incurable illness.
As Lawrence Kohlberg’s stages of moral development showed, human moral potential is primarily dependent on brain development, with all mentally competent humans being inherently communicative, capable of reason, and possessing a desire to understand others and the world around them exhibiting about the same level of moral response at about the same level of mental development irrespective of culture, although the specifics of moral conduct are dependent on the development environment (e.g. in a society where human sacrifice is regarded as moral, it will not be perceived as infringing on the rights of those sacrificed, even though the society may have a general injunction against murder). As attributes of the early stages of human morality are shared with our cousins the apes, who go through similar stages, it is possible to infer that these are expressions of genetic latency due to our social nature. Kohlberg’s six stages can be more generally grouped into three levels of two stages each: pre-conventional, conventional and post-conventional. Following Piaget’s constructivist requirements for a stage model, as described in his theory of cognitive development, it is extremely rare to regress in stages—to lose the use of higher stage abilities.
Stages cannot be skipped; each provides a new and necessary perspective, more comprehensive and differentiated than its predecessors but integrated with them.
Level 1 (Pre-Conventional)
1. Obedience and punishment orientation (How can I avoid punishment?)
2. Self-interest orientation (What’s in it for me?)(Paying for a benefit)
Level 2 (Conventional)
3. Interpersonal accord and conformity (Social norms)(The good boy/girl attitude)
4. Authority and social-order maintaining orientation (Law and order morality)
Level 3 (Post-Conventional)
5. Social contract orientation
6. Universal ethical principles (Principled conscience)
The understanding gained in each stage is retained in later stages, but may be regarded by those in later stages as simplistic, lacking in sufficient attention to detail.