Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America’s College Campuses (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008) by Donna Freitas presents an excellent description of the practices, hopes, disappointments, and aspirations of college students. The data come from personal interviews with about 100 students and also from survey questionnaires filled out by about 600 students.
Figure 2.1 portrays in a graphic way that most moral worlds, including the one presented in this book, emphasize that activities are the path by which people flourish or not flourish. That is, human beings aim for goals that correspond to their inclinations and convictions as human beings. In striving to achieve certain goals via specific activities, humans achieve fulfillment, and thereby happiness. Every moral world is characterized by three types of activities: those deemed acceptable or helpful, those judged to be exemplary, and some limited activities that should be avoided by any person of good will. In most moral worlds, the group of forbidden actions is relatively small relative to the group of reasonable and exemplary actions.