Morality and Philosophy

June 08, 2015

This summer I'm taking Moral Philosophy and I can't help to question EVERYTHING now. I'm intrigued with all these philosophers and their point of views on ethical matters. Their vendettas are very similar to ours. It appears not much has changed over time. One question that rattled every bone inside of me was whether people are truly good or bad. It's very simple and directly to the point. . . are you a good or bad person?

You can take different routes which will lead you to this answer but deep deep down. . . what have you done that makes you a good person? And why do you do it? Was it your education or the influence a parent figure had on you?  What do you view as bad? Do you do it for yourself or for others?

I believe every thoughtful human has faced the challenge of differing and choosing between good or bad. And then the questions follow - Was that the right choice after all? Will it benefit them in the time being or in the long run? Was that choice a good one? In our regarding there is a conversation between two philosophers and the scenario of possessing the power of invisibility. This took me back to elementary school. Our teacher asked us, “If you could have any superpower what would it be?” Given the education I was privileged of having I was taught to know right from wrong at an early age. It was stressed upon me. Yet, when my teacher asked me about my superpower, I immediately imagined walking into a supermarket and walking out with a ton of candy and not paying for it because I'm invisible of course. I’m not hurting anybody but I am breaking the law. So in that non-realistic matter, acting rightly is difficult.

Which comes down to the root of it all. Human will! And I believe that someone’s will isn’t just up the alley of being and acting righteous but is keen to everyone’s persona. It has nothing to do with emotions and reasoning. It’s the core of acting upon an action or not acting upon it. There might not be a motive or a reward, as briefly introduced in the story of Augustine, in less complex words it’s just self-control. Do you have self control? And do you deceive yourself from time to time in correlation of your actions? This is very similar to people who cheat on their spouses. What excuses do you tell yourself to continue this affair? "Well, my wife doesn't pay me any attention, I'm just not attracted to her, our love isn't the same, as long as he doesn't find out it won't hurt him etc." Self-deception is a treachery. Point blank is. .  it isn't morally correct, yet you know this and continue on with it.

As you see. . . this class has worked up every piece of my mind. And what better place to release these floating thoughts. Just a little food for thought guys.

Happy Monday!

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