Choosing Life

Posted by khalling 3 years, 8 months ago to Philosophy
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In response to bsmith51's post on where morality comes from, here is an essay by David Kelley, discussing her Ethical system under Objectivism and its morality.
"Morality, therefore, is not an end in itself. It’s an instrument in the service of life, a body of principles that tells us what we need to do in order to live well. The principles of morality are like the principles of health, which tell us what we need to do if we want to be healthy: eat right, exercise, sleep. Morality tells us that if we want to live, we need to achieve certain values and follow certain policies. But in both cases, the principles are hypothetical; they are based on a big "if"; the principles of good health apply only if we wish to be healthy, and the principles of morality apply only if we wish to live."

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  • Posted by $ ObjectiveAnalyst 3 years, 8 months ago
    Hello khalling,
    A slightly lengthy article, but well worth the time.
    Thank you, Fair Ophelia. :)

    "To be, or not to be, that is the question:
    Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
    The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune,
    Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles,
    And by opposing end them: to die, to sleep
    No more; and by a sleep, to say we end
    The Heart-ache, and the thousand Natural shocks
    That Flesh is heir to? 'Tis a consummation
    Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep,
    To sleep, perchance to Dream; aye, there's the rub,
    For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come,
    When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
    Must give us pause. There's the respect
    That makes Calamity of so long life:..."
    If one does not know the author of this quote, have they yet truly lived?

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