Werner’s story taught us there will always be evil, but as long as there is courage and community, good will prevail. By making the choices that align with our morals, by utilizing our free will, we can ensure the outcome. Werner asks himself and the reader, “Is it right to do something only because everyone else is doing it?” (Doerr 246). Werner’s story tells us the correct answer is no.
A view that Frankfurt, Watson and Taylor all share in common is the deepself view. The following view states that for an individual to be morally responsible for their actions, it must be in accord with your deepest values (e.g., second-order desires), then you are held accountable for your actions. However, the deep-self view is flawed and is demonstrated in the following example involving JoJo. JoJo is the evil dictator’s son who has been raised to think torturing people is perfectly okay and morally acceptable in society.
A proper comprehension of this phrase, according to Latour (1999, p. 216) is sure to allow a better perception of the distinction between the new science from politics. Latour tries to present the relationship involving the respect for uncongenial natural laws and the fight against decadence, ludicrousness, and political mayhem. This implies that the destiny of reason and that of politics are intertwined and that any assault on reason makes "morality and social harmony unfeasible. " Latour argues that Right is the only element that protects the society against Might is reason and that it should be protected. In sum, Socrates asserts that technology and science will kill the Body Politic but to Latour, the science is the only element that will save humanity and even politics from moral
From the passage on John Winthrop, what stood out to me was his ideas of "moral" and "natural" liberty which he delivered in his famous "little speech". In his speech Winthrop states that "natural" liberties are what make man evil and corrupt because it is the liberty to do what ever he wants to do, good or evil. He believes natural liberty causes defiance to authority, and will eventually turn man into "beasts" if exercised over time. The idea of "moral" liberty is Winthrop's more "ideal" type of liberty that he thinks everyone should follow. He states from his speech that, "this liberty is the proper and object of authority...
Equality believes wholeheartedly in individualism and the concept of preference which relates strongly to judging others’ true intents and motives. Rand’s short essay explains that, while it is not something many would like to believe of their loved ones, many times people are not simply mistaken or misinformed, but rather know the evil in their actions and proceed to carry them out regardless (Rand, Paragraph 14). While it is true that some members of the Council have been brainwashed and truly believe what they say, the original intent of the many strict laws in place were malicious. Looking in at the society from the outside provides an objective point of view that makes clear that the statutes in action are there to control the citizens and not to help or protect
While Sartwell focuses on the traits that made people genocidal killers, Szegedy- Maszak focuses on what made them sadistic torturers. According to Szegedy- Maszak traits that are necessary for torture are “authorization, routinization, and dehumanization” (76). These traits differ from Sartwell’s traits because they involve removing oneself from the traits that make us human. Szegedy-
- Detail the distinction between just and unjust laws. Why is it important Dr. King make this distinction? - One has a legal and moral responsibility to obey “just” laws because they are a “ man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God.” Any “just” law uplifts human personality. One has a moral responsibility to disobey “unjust” laws because they are “ a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.”
The reason that this happens is built into collectivism itself and it is identified perfectly in the speech The Soul of a Collectivist when it is said “The soul, Peter, is that which can’t be ruled. It must be broken.” , In saying this Ellsworth correctly and perfectly identifies why collectivism has and will always inevitably require great bloodshed. It is the simple fact that collectivism is purely antithetical to human nature. Human nature is not purely good, it is not purely evil either, at its base level the only thing that human nature can accurately be called is purely self-serving.
We should remind ourselves to not make wrong choices at any moment, and not find excuses for the mistakes. And certainly we should not generously admit and accept our worst qualities because that would only make us became more and more incorrigible. Being a worse person at first, and then correcting it is not greatness and nobility. Some people are born with, and will always have integrity and pure and honest