My Core Intuition: Co-Suffering

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My core intuition is compassion, which literally means “co-suffering”. The inner morality of human beings is based on the compassion. A compassionate person knows about the human condition, associates his or her experiences with others’ and identifies with another person. Without compassion balancing with human intelligence, human beings could be destructive. The compassion is a virtue which is about how we can be the best person. According to Aristotle, a virtue is a character that human being needs to flourish or live well. In my opinion, the virtue ethics is prior to the deontological and consequentialist ethics that have disadvantages but can be supplementary to the virtue ethics.
Deontological approach focuses on constraints and judges
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A virtuous agent is one who acts virtuously, that is, one who owns and exercises the virtues. The innate intuition of compassion provides us impetus to be better people. Compassion is an important character which enables the formation of other good moral quality such as altruism, devotion and commitment. The compassion, which motivates people to feel others’ distress, to connect with others’ suffering, and to implement actions of goodness is what universal morality based on. This universality of compassion narrows the difference among people. Buddhist practitioners always imagine a situation where there is a sentient being suffering and look at others from standpoint rather than secondary differences like color, religion, cultural background (Dalai Lama XIV, 1935). Morality is based on daily compassion, “It is simply and solely this compassion that is the real basis of all voluntary justice and genuine loving-kindness. Only insofar as an action has sprung from compassion does it have moral value; and every action resulting from any other motives has none" (Schopenhauer, 1965). Morality is much likely to be generated from compassion because compassion comes from inner intuition rather than coercive forces from the outside. The internal acceptance and embracement of compassion encourages the conversion of external constraints into internal momentum: we do right thing not because we have to do it, but because …show more content…
The virtue ethics is occasionally consistent with the deontological approach. In order to achieve best virtue, a person is required to behave in accord with universal values or rules. For example, since honesty is regarded as a universal principle, being honest is the fundamental character of being a good person. Sometimes, the consequentialist ethics converges with the values which a best person wants to achieve. An altruistic and considerate person is supposed to concern about bringing others benefits that implies maximizing intrinsic good or overall

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