Achieving the good life
PHI 208 Ethics and Moral Reasoning
1 February 2013
I grew up in a small Midwest town called Anderson Indiana. Whenever people ask where I’m from and I say Indiana they think corn fields and country living but that’s far from the truth. In my experience I have seen corn fields everywhere but my home state. I have yet to see any farms or anything that would suggest country. One could question the dialect of Indiana residents. It has been said that most of the people migrated from the south to work at Guide Corp, a car plant that was the one good job in the city. Throughout the years Anderson has changed. The one good job that we had has left and with that so have the people. Most people have moved to Indianapolis to find work to support their family. The ones that stayed behind are either on welfare or continue to work the minimum wage jobs and struggle to support your family. People equate money with living the good life. Is that all that qualifies as living the good life? There have been many views as what constitutes as living the good life. In this paper we will discuss what is living the good life, does living the good life encourage one to want to give and how one can turn their life around to achieve the good life (success).
What is living the "good life" that question along with does god exist can be debated for years to come because good living can’t really be classified since it doesn’t have a definite answer. For those who think that having a lot of money is the key to a good life would consider life being good because they can buy anything they want when they want it and don’t really have a care in the world. Past lottery winners will tell you that money isn’t always a good thing to have. For example, there’s the two-time New Jersey lottery winner who squandered her $5.4 million fortune. A West Virginia man who won $315 million a decade ago on Christmas later said the windfall was to blame for his granddaughter's fatal drug overdose, his divorce, hundreds of lawsuits and an absence of true friends (Fox News 2012) A Denver-based nonprofit organization estimates that as many as 70 percent of people who land sudden windfalls lose their money within several years. Sometimes money can be considered the root of all evil because of its negative effects on people’s lives. Despite the negative effects there are also examples positive effects. The 30 percent that didn’t go bankrupt went on and enjoyed the benefits of winning a windfall of money. The good life to others could also be as basic as having a family and watching their children grow up and letting them experience and do things that they didn’t get to do themselves because parents were so strict or maybe because they couldn’t afford it financially. It is my belief that living a good life isn’t about how much money you make or how you treat your kids living the good life is simply living life stress free and sometimes the more money you make the more problem you have and more debt you gain. It is ok to want to provide kids the with different experiences and buy them all the things you wanted. It is also important that you’re not going broke to please them. Teach your kids about sustainability. It’s not always about how much you are making, but sometimes it’s how much you have going out.
When it comes to giving there are plenty of opportunities to help other in need. Organizations are always providing ways to give (monetarily and/or time). Money is not always option for those who are less fortunate. Giving your time to volunteer has become just as effective as giving money. So does living the "good life" encourage one to want to give? Well that is a real hard question to answer. When you speak about money some people give for a couple reasons some such as Bill and his wife Melinda have signed the Giving Pledge, promising to give away the majority of their wealth in their lifetime with an estimated net...
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2. Fox News; Big lottery winners offer advice, cautionary tales as $550M Powerball drawing nears November 28 2012 Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/11/28/big-lottery-winners-offer-advice-cautionary-tales-as-500m-powerball-drawing/#ixzz2IvaMLr1y
3. National Value of Volunteer Time, retrieved on January 30 2012 from: http://www.independentsector.org/volunteer_time
4. Sara McLanahan; Father Absence and the Welfare of Children. http://apps.olin.wustl.edu/macarthur/working%20papers/wp-mclanahan2.htm
5. The New International Version (NIV) Bible; http://www.biblica.com/niv/
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