Someone engaging in self-harm is an indication of underlying emotional distress or mental health issue.
This statement isnt true all the time. Obviously some people who engage in self-harm sure, that is true. But the vast majority of self-harm this isnt true.
When you eat a burger instead of a salad, that is harmful. Its self harm, we just accept it. You arent mentally ill for it.
When someone gets a tattoo, or more to the point, scarification work, it isnt due to a mental illness, its due to wanting a particular aesthetic.
So no this fundemental statement isnt automatically true. Is self harm only immoral when its due to underlying mental health or distress? Or is it always immoral?
Morality stems from your belief system
I mean this is true for literally everything you believe, the things you believe are part of your system of believing. I dont think this statement is adding anything. You still need to have reasoning for why you beleive a thing however if it is to have any merit as an idea.
…and your ability to feel compassion.
This feels like the closest we have gotten to an answer that seems to have some substance to it.
Would you agree with me to say compassion is basically saying you dont like to see people suffering, it makes you feel bad, and thus compassion compels us to try to prevent things that cause suffering?
If you don’t feel any compassion toward someone engaging in self-harm nor your belief system don’t condone it, that might be an indication of a psychopathic tendencies.
It might be, but whether im psychopathic or not im not sure is all that relevant tot he question of how to check if something is moral or not.
But as per the above, I hope we agree not all self harm is due to underlying suffering or mental illness. So even if i am quite compassionate I should only feel bad for people where self-harm is using in a way that causes them to suffer (or is due to them suffering) no?