Aristotelian Ethics

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“Law is reason free from passion” Aristotle. He has been a philosopher I have build much of my life around, however I do not fall within his ethics as a lifestyle. I strive to ensure rules and regulations are followed strictly and precisely. I had lost much of my passion for life. I joined the United States Army at the age of 17, just months after September 11, 2011. My family tradition to uphold our great nation 's lifestyle was my only concern. Raising my right hand to say those words, “I, Theresa Rose Spohrer, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President …show more content…
I thought I was one of Aristotelian values. After reading Nel Noddings, I see the choice to leave for Afghanistan awoke my natural care a mother has for her children. I switched in an instant to wanting to get away and fulfill an obligation to a learned habit of protecting those I love. Three months into my deployment I had the chance to meet local children and it hit me. I am a mother. This is something that you cannot simply do but a method that is learned over time and becomes second nature. When one little girl ran up to me and gave me a hug I felt something that cannot be described better that by Noddings, a response to remembrance. I instantly went from an over cautious Soldier to the nurturing mother Noddings describes. I now identify myself as one within feminine ethics. During the bad times I was the one caring for everyone with no reward, a fear if I did not do my duty to one caring for others on my own terms. I also gained one value she mentions as well the one being cared for. The stigma is women do all of the work, have little to know recognition and go through the motions. I found once I followed my maternal instincts with the local children and my fellow service men and women, I had others following their natural habits and cared for me. I began to grow as a leader, a woman and ultimately as a women. How does this fit in with ethics? Noddings and myself …show more content…
He would have followed the same choices I did with my circumstances, however I feel he would not have settled for the abusive part. It was not a means to anyone 's ends except for the abuser. My situation did not have any way for the other two sections of the categorical imperative to flourish. I strictly had a duty to a paper contract called marriage forced due to a Christian upbringing who saw no other option. I used my duty to my country to attempt to remove myself from that contract and fulfill my duty to my family by providing everything they would need. I was honored to have my call to serve even if it was for a different obligatory reason. Nel Noddings has shown me how I have grown and why not just myself but women alike are staying in a potentially volatile environment. It is something that becomes a learned habit and done without a thought. She gives me hope as well. I realize now an obligation has two forms and following the incorrect one could be a subconscious way for find the ought in your life that would have had no other way to

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