Achieving Personal Life Goals : The Highest Good And Morality

1750 Words Dec 22nd, 2016 7 Pages
In paper 1, I mentioned that achieving personal life goals is the highest good and morality is determined by the number of people considering an action good. Happiness is not the highest good because there exists people who make decisions like suicide that do not aim at happiness. If happiness is the highest good then no one would make any decisions that do not bring him happiness. In addition, life goal is a goal that one believes it is worth to spend his life to achieve. For example, in history many scientists such as Marie Curie contribute their whole lives to science. A single person can have more than one life goals and the goals are variable. To find a meaningful goal one has to spend many years accumulating different experiences, and once he finds he will spend the rest of his life focusing on his life goals. Moverover, in the society, the more people believe an action is good, the better the action is. Therefore, an action is constantly good only if it is praised by any people in any eras. After learning the five ideas from different philosophers this semester, I agree with Thomas Hobbes the most. In Hobbes’s theory, happiness is the attainment of desire and morality is based on the social contract. According to Hobbes, human beings are by nature self-interested, so for human the fulfillment of desire equals to happiness, which is the highest good. The safer to attain a desire, the happier one will be. However, nature gives human beings the right of preservation,…

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