Argumentative Essay On The Meaning Of Life

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When I was little the world was very new to me. I did not see the world as a complicated place. My parents took care of me by providing me with food, water, and shelter. All my life they paid for my catholic education so that I could become something good and valuable in life. But as I got older, I started viewing life in a different perspective. I began questioning a lot of things in my life with no real answer to come up with. One of those questions was, what is the meaning of life? It seems like a simple question, but thinking harder about it made me realize that I really did not know what the true meaning of life was. If there is no meaning in life why not kill oneself? This was an important question for philosophers like Albert Camus, …show more content…
Camus believes that suicide is a choice that we have to escape the absurd, however Kant believes that suicide is not morally legitimate because it violates our duty to ourselves. Human lives are unconditionally intrinsically valuable and this is the reason why we should preserve ourselves. Someone who commits suicide does not preserve their self. Kant wrote in Lectures on Ethics, “Man has, in his own person, a thing inviolable; it is something holy, that has been entrusted to us.”(p.147) Suicide is considered to be an unnatural action that violates our moral law. Someone who commits suicide is seen as something “below the beasts.”(p.146) Kant believes that not even “misery gives no man the right to take his life.”(p.147) No matter how much pain someone endures in their life, they have to face it with great will. Kant sees human beings as property of God. Any harm done against ourselves will violate God’s purpose of the preservation of our …show more content…
We have seen cases in our society where terminally ill cancer patients prefer to end their lives early instead of living a life with pain. One instance was in 2014 with a young woman named Brittany Maynard. Brittany developed a brain tumor that caused her to have long, painful seizures and stroke-like symptoms. She decided to move to Oregon, one of the few states that allows physician assisted suicide. Following the state’s law, she lived in Oregon for a few months to establish a residency so that her physician could prescribe her the life-ending pill. Brittany knew that this would be best for her and her family. She once said, “Who has the right to tell me that I don 't deserve this choice? That I deserve to suffer for weeks or months in tremendous amounts of physical and emotional pain? Why should anyone have the right to make that choice for me?” Brittany’s view would be rejected by Kant, because he would see this as unnatural. He explained that misery does not give man the right to commit suicide. We have to follow the moral law that is unconditional and absolute. Everyone in this world has the right to do whatever they desire with their life and their bodies. I see the moral law as a demeaning guideline to one’s life, because people should make whatever choices that they want in life. Just like what Brittany said before, why should someone tell me how I should live or die. Kant’s view it

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