Reaction: Kant’s Moral Cans
Pamela L. Atchison
Concordia University Texas
.Initial viewing of the Sandel lecture about the nineteenth and twentieth century philosopher and his philosophy on human morals and autonomy was exhilarating and exhausting at the same time. Exhilarating because of the affirmation the message brought concerning the attitude for doing the right thing during life’s challenges is or should be built in and a major portion of being human.
Reasoning sets man apart and above the lower levels of the animal kingdom. Kant emphasizes to overwrought simplicity. His pronouncement of morality being driven by reasoning may allow positive thoughts and positive behavior a personal reward for humans who chose to approach life with doing all actions appropriately correct in all situations. His idea of everyone being a rational agent supports a soul fulfilling feeling when humans choose the brightly lit path to righteousness.
Illumination hovers and surrounds good, positive deeds done for no other reason other than being the right thing to do. A few days ago, words parted the mouth of a cherished friend and retired principal. This writer sought advice with concerns of a future as a public school principal. The cherished friend was asked, “How should a principal approach the many problems present and occurring during the daily operations of the school with faculty, staff and children in mind?” The cherished friends response was, “Always seek the truth and proceed with honesty and the truth in mind and intention.” Her words resonated in a natural place in the core of being. It felt so right and somehow gave...