What’s the meaning of good willing?
After I’ve read the halfway of the today reading, I’ve asked myself, how good person I am. I have started to judge myself and measure how good I am in general. What’s the ethics? Ethics is giving us a way to behave to others during making a decision. There were many different ideas of defining ethics, such as confucianism in china, and religious ethics, but Kant’s theory was specific, and easy to understand. Today, I would like to confess myself what kind of person I am during self analysing myself using Kant’s theory. In conclusion, I am not a good person based on Kant’s definition of having a moral in my heart. Because, I’d rather use white lie than giving a harsh reality to people, and I prefer to follow consequentialism that I am proud to protect certain decision and willing to sacrifice small reparation and lastly, and lastly, I chose to make films something counter argument bases such as “Don’t discrimination against smokers”
Before getting into the point, I chose myself into such a character, and I wouldn’t regret myself, but there were many obstacles that I have been facing. I would like to examplify all these stories based on these three arguments that I am not a “good” person.
First and foremost, Kant argues that we must not say a lie to others in order to give them right information. There is no more and no less than that. However, I am sure I can’t do that. I lie to people, doesn’t mean that my motivation was wrong, or perhaps I want something from them. If there isn’t any kind of profit to you back, I believe myself that it’s okay to give a bit twisted reality. On the other hand, what is the reality when we consider metaphysical ideas from Plato’s allegory of cave? How would you define what’s good or bad? Based on your own perception you sometimes you could see an illusions that you can’t explain, such as the beauty who you met first time when you were having the first date. You thought your girlfriend was the most beautiful woman in the world at the first dating, and in that moment, you were not lying yourself that you saw the most beautiful girl in the world. If this is the case, I would argue that if the motivation is greater than the value of the lie, we must call this “white lie” as something else in order to define better meaning.
Secondly, being a consequentialism isn’t the coldest person. To me, consequentialist is a person who cares the greater result, and they would take the risk of sacrificing something or someone. It’s just the fact that there is a person who called to be the winner, or loser. In my opinion, at the end, you must make a decision, and in this fast era, the faster decision you make, the better. However, Kant constantly questions me, what if the result was bad, and there were casualties? People called these situation as “Lost” I am a selfish person that I would change the world whether it goes bad or good, I don’t know whether I have a capabilities. But again, like Kant says, sometimes these determination kills me inside my heart with huge guilty.
Thirdly, I really don’t understand the line between the actions that can be “Okay” or “Not Cool” Kant simplified it. “If your action is universalized, than it’s morally okay” I completely, disagree with his idea. It’s because universal trend could be different every single month, or year, even a decade based on certain location. I am from South Korea, the country where being different isn’t allowed to be. Everyone looks at each other, and judge the differences and bully them. Kant probably would say “being different from norm is morally wrong” based on his theory. Yes, I escaped from my country, because I love classical music and jazz more than useless korean pop song, I also love to create useless art movie than to make money copying other cell phone like samsung without dignity. To me, my country wasn’t ethically fit to me. If that’s the case, what would kant say?
In conclusion, I am the worst person who ever constantly doing opposite things that kant described to be the morally “right” person. But, I would challenge his theory that his theory is technically giving a power to an authoritarian tyranny policy. And within the human nature that Niche described, we can’t realize the real “good” willing ever. Therefore his theory might not be the best or perhaps the most accurate way to measure what’s good willing, and not a good willing ultimately.