Ayn Rand also had an argument against ethical egoism believing it is a mistake to treat the interest of some individuals as being less important than the interest of others. She thought on the fact that your interest is yours is not relevant to their importance relative to the importance of the interest of others. So, it is a mistake to treat your own interests as if they are more important than the interest of others. Personally, I agree with Ayn Rand’s view supporting ethical egoism. I’ve realized that I only do whatever I choose to do for my own self benefit and self-interest.
Yet, one must be causa sui to achieve true moral responsibility. Hence, nothing is able to truly be morally responsible. Strawson 's whole purpose of writing the article is to change anyone 's mind who says that we should be responsible for the way we are and what we do as a result of the way we are. He believes we are lacking freedom and control of doing so. He argues that if we do something for a reason, that is how we are, so we must be responsible.
Moreover, those points are just not persuasive enough for people to really believe in themselves. Even though we can act with virtue while knowing about it, we can still practice it to make the world a better place. We can act virtuously to lead by example for society so that others will try to be more virtuous also. What I mean by this is that we can try to make people better people that will make them happy. People being naturally conceded also is not persuasive because everyone has different personalities, meaning that nobody is truly the same.
I do agree with Strawson and I think that he is right. I do not believe that someone can be truly morally responsible for anything that they do; however, it would be appropriate and well deserving is moral responsibility held a standard. If someone does something that creates a great change in the world, they should definitely have true moral responsibility for it. Ultimately, I know that that is also impossible because making a great change in the world come from the way we are, and we are not truly morally responsible for
“Morality is not properly the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness” (Immanuel Kant). Morality is the divergence between right and wrong in every aspect of life. The history of the world has demonstrated human need to attain sovereignty. In the journey to achieve this goal, people have forgotten the gravity of the steps taken to complete an ideal and have only focused on the result. There have been several examples where detrimental actions have been taken by fortunate people to accomplish their goals.
H. L. Mencken wrote “the average man does not want to be free. He simply wants to be safe.” I agree with this quote because of the deeper meaning it has behind it. In today’s society, people do not seem to have ambitions or dreams that they want to pursue. A lot of people settle with a job that pays just enough to make a living or they do not go beyond their limits to get a higher education to be able to make more money. These people are overcome by fear.
Here because some people decided to serve their country, others like Rand could create things. Selfless acts or the altruism does not corrupt but rather helps to fulfil our lives. Without selfless people, the world would be much worse than what it is. Selfless people are the ones that gives up their life to help others in need, they are the ones who put their life in danger to save others. For example, Raoul Wallenberg, who was responsible of saving as many as 120,000 lives during the holocaust.
In spite of the theory behind her defense, the mechanism of blocking out the truth in order to keep from being exposed to the brunt of painful realizations of death and injustice is, arguably, the best option for her. In a perfect world, humans would be able to live life as they please and not be “denied agency” (Carroll 131); but Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go gives reason to believe that the human race as a whole is a selfish being who cares more about the betterment of themselves rather than the neglected and dismay that their actions bring to others. In the past-tense novel, Kathy rekindles her memories prior to being slaughtered for her vital organs, in order to cure “normals”. Her attitude towards the system is extremely fatalistic as she feels no real need to run from the inevitable of being put down by the society that brought her up. In her mind, never letting anyone in is the only way to never let anyone
Furthermore, when a person is waiting for an organ, that person would probably not care whether the organ is coming from a voluntary donation or from a paid one. Rather, incentives on organ donations not only can save many lives while not harming anyone, but also can increase some people’s situation by granting them either money or benefits of other nature. For example, today due to funeral’s high costs, many people can hardly afford them, thus, donation benefits could have a double utility in this regard
Yet drawing parallels between the two positions is far from impossible, despite Sartre’s strong opposition to Kantian moral theory. Kant’s moral philosophy stands on the notion of good will, an intrinsic good which is perceived to be so without qualification, independent of any external factors. Thus, he dismisses other values that could be taken as good in themselves, such as happiness, honesty, courage, trust etc. as they have worth only under specific conditions, whereas in others they could be transposed into bad acts. For example, trust is necessary for one to be able to manipulate others, one must have courage to be able to
So now I will ask you this question, how do we become niggerized? In my opinion “greed” has a big part in this process. Greed is the overwhelming desire to obtain something you don’t really need, but been taught to feel that you do. Living a healthy life with sufficient resources to provide for yourself and your family shouldn’t be considered a privilege; every human being on this planet should automatically be afforded that