What It Does It Mean to Be Moral Essay

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What does it mean to be moral? This is the question that Plato has tried to answer in the passages from his famous work the Republic. He has attempted to explain how humans can define and live morally, a task that is truly complicated and uncertain. It is important to identify morality because it plays a crucial role in formulating ethical theories. As Socrates states, "we are discussing no small matter, but how we ought to live."
In his writings he has describes two contrasting views of the important issue that is ultimately asking the question, why be moral? Plato and Thrasymachus represent the different and some-what opposing ideas on this topic of morality and self interest. Thrasymachus believes that the right
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The real pursuing of one's actual self-interest is never in conflict with the demands of morals. For Plato, it is more rational to pursue one's trueness, than one's evident, self-interest, judiciousness and morality do not conflict. It is judicious to be moral. I support Plato's view of the subject, why one ought to be moral. I feel that living justly will eventually work out to be in your self-interest because you are being honest and projecting honest from all of your actions, while avoiding consequences. This will lead you to have a just and happy soul. The soul that is divided into three distinctive parts the rational, the spirited and the appetitive. When these three parts work together and fulfill their proper functions, you are acting moral. I feel that you do have control and should be responsible for all of your actions. Only you know what goes on inside yourself and how to create the elements of a harmonious soul. Like Socrates says, "He binds them all together, and himself from a plurality becomes a unity." On the contrary, Thrasymachus' point is strongly projected and I can respect that he is ruled by the divine intelligence, but not the interest of the stronger, rather that ones interests. I feel that it is a lousy way to conduct yourself and extremely selfish. Going about your life in that way, to me, is not a way to be proud of who you are

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