Doing The Right Thing Essay

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What has value?
Doing the Right Thing
Human beings commonly act out of self interest.
Image is an important part of who we are.
The right thing to do it categorical, not hypocritie

What is "doing the right thing"? Is it the golden rule of treating others the way you would want to be treated? Acting on impulse because it feels good? Or doing your duty because it is your “job” to do so? One cannot determine what is "right" and what is "wrong"; it must be taught or shown to us by means of common sense and unified agreement. At the same time, influence of the self- its own interests, wants and needs- play a bigger role in what creates ones ' moral standpoint. Do we act out of self-interest because in doing the right thing we expect a reward of something offered in return? Or because we are bound social- and lawful- duty? Personal self-interests allows one to feel both morally and emotionally sound while universal law puts one in a position to act accordingly to common sense agreement to do something regardless of one’s
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To think and live with moral goodness based off social acceptance is what is taught universally. It’s the "right thing to do". The golden rule. One can’t be too greedy without giving back in return, in some fashion. Without the idea of being socially "correct" would cause a collapse in social acceptance. To one, from their perspective, being greedy is "the right thing to do" because it makes them feel good, even though to the rest of the universal group it is frowned upon; which causes the pack to turn. "Every other rational being thinks of his existence by means of the same rational ground which holds also for myself; thus it is at the same time an objective principle from which, as a supreme practical ground, it must be possible to derive all laws of the will." (Ibid.,

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