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Immortality Essay

587 words - 3 pages

Journal Entry
Immorality is promoted throughout society in numerous ways. The most common promotion is done through media, television, movies, music and entertainment. Who determines the level of immorality? Who determines whether or not something is morally right or morally wrong? “How can we be obligated to behave in a certain way regardless of our goals?” ((Kant, page 129). Like the genetic makeup of any living being, it is from within that we can see the real nature of what is noticeable on the exterior. Kant stated that if you decide to do something you should ask what rule it would follow. He stated that this would be your maxim and you need to decide if you would want your maxim to become a common law.
The romanticizing of immorality comes with a heavy price. The ...view middle of the document...

He was a thief, a criminal yet the people if Nottingham made him into a hero. Why is that? Is it because we romanticize the bad because it is done for the good of people?
I believe that the understanding or misunderstanding of moral rules powerfully affect how we perceive those around us. People that participate in breaking the moral rules are different than those members of the rule-making or rule-abiding society. But those ruler-breakers are saddled with the label of what society sees them as. Do they recognize that they can change and grow and learn from the actions that earned them the stigma? Does a meth addict deserve to always be a meth addict if they have cleaned up their act and focused on years of behavior modification and sobriety? Is it once an addict always an addict? What about that mother that stole from the store to feed her children? She paid her dues and was rehabilitated and now is looking for an honest job and living. Society sees her as a criminal because she now has a record and she is having difficulty finding a job. Will she return to the life style that she had which caused her to steal in the first place because she has been labeled?
The fact that Kant said that morality is “a system of rules that one must follow from a sense of duty” confuses me. What if the individual doesn’t understand his or her sense of duty? Does everyone have the ability to understand that? If we have an individual that is a deviant do they understand what is morally right or wrong? How is it that we should know what others think and/or feel? I know that moral judgment should be backed by good reasons, but who decides if a reason is good or not? The hardest thing for me is that morality and moral rules are, in my opinion, too subjective and not nearly objective enough.

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