Morals and Ethics in Your Work

I recently read a Victorian novel called Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope, and the thing which stood out the most to me was the author’s unusual opinions on morals. One example is that one of the male characters, Burgo Fitzgerald, can’t help that he’s an alcoholic and a gambler with no real feelings for anybody because of how beautiful he is. Trollope blames Burgo’s beauty for all of his flaws and says that he might have been a better person if he wasn’t so good looking.

Do you think stating something so controversial, i.e. that attractive people aren’t responsible for their flaws, is a good or a bad idea in your writing? Do you think morals have a place in ALL writing or only certain genres?