Categorical Imperative I: Treat Persons As Ends

1. My Moral Issue: Recap I was faced with a moral issue when I decided to move out of my mothers home into a family friends home. Once the news spread that I left reached my extended family, I was immediately labeled as a bad kid and a problem child. I wasn’t trusted by my family for months to come, and didn’t have many people to turn to. I was in a toxic relationship with my mother and instead of facing the problem I turned by back on her and hid from the issue. There have been a lot of experiences when I was young that made me question my moms parenting skills, or if she was just stressed. It is still an issue I think on, and still wonder if I did the right thing. I lived away from my mom for the last 6 months of my senior year in high …show more content…
The correct moral decisions would have been to stay with my mom and work on the problem. This obviously had unfavorable conditions for myself even if it was the right thing to do. By choosing to maximize only my personal, I put myself ahead of all those evolved. There for did not universalize a maxim.
4. Categorical Imperative II: Treat Persons as Ends Kant explains treat persons as ends, as “We can’t base the moral law on any particular interests, purposes, or ends, because then it would be only relative to the person whose ends they were”. In other words, you should not use someone as tool to achieve your own personal goals. Being rational beings we are typically able to understand if our choices are only to maximize self utilities or work to improve everyones utility. (pg. 122-123). For example, I used my aunts family to maximize my happiness. Which at first didn't feel wrong, I thought it was my right (libertarianism) to move where I pleased as long as no harm was done to other. Now I am beginning to understand that I actually just used my aunts family has a stepping stool to reach for my own goals. Kant’s theory has made me ask myself, do the choices I make purely for myself (amoral) or universal (moral).

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