Iycee Charles de Gaulle Summary When vision, of reading the word and

When vision, of reading the word and

When the topic of Morality is touched upon, most are unable to completely give an explanation as it is difficult, and overall is diverse in many ways. Now, looking into the perspective of a Christian, we have sources of giving us guidance in ways that will shape us. Example being having both New and Old testaments; as well as having the resource of guidance from the books within the Bible. By these, we are given guidelines to abide by in order for us to live our moral life in the proper way. When looking into morality, it is reflected on how we feel, how we feel. In the Bible, God has told us to give love to all. When we are guided in the correct, we will abide by the rules, and fulfill a moral life. We can learn to live a moral life in one way, which is in God’s vision, of reading the word and scriptures, and there is learning to live a moral life through others vision. We have stumbled across philosophers, such as Philip Hallie, and Jonathan Bennett who give you their outlook on what morality really is.   First, there is Jonathan Bennett’s The Conscience of Huckleberry Finn. Bennett had looked at the moral compass of Huckleberry Finn.  Bennett talked about his belief that there is some kind of mutual relationship between “human” morals and sympathies. Through his belief he also expressed that they may be mutual but there is a stifle in there, and that stifle should be resolved in some way, shape, or form.  Huckleberry Finn is a character in Mark Twains “Of Mice and Men”, Huckleberry Finn is prominent character throughout the story and what we are dealing with is that he is someone who has a rough battle with his moral compass which tie into questionable emotions. In Huck Finn’s eyes he say certain actions being looked at as being “okay,” which in this case is having people be your slaves. He cannot be blamed for thinking such thing because that is what he grew up on, children don’t know the difference. At one point, he meets a slave, whose name is Jim. It is in these moments that he stumbles across difficult decision making, which in this case is looked at as “Bad Morality.” Being Huck Fin, throughout the story he contemplates many things concerning Jim. “He is a slave, should I lead this slide and help this slave escape under my vision, or should I be turning him in?” In conclusion of the situation Huck gives in to his compassion for Jim. His sense of morality in a sense went down the drain. It was a case where it was the right decision to make, but the moral compass side to things, on the other hand, do not agree.  These philosophers such as Bennett may not have teachings directly from God’s word, but he does a very good job at making his points clear, in my perspective. Bennett mentioned that one’s emotions play a big role in determining your decisions, affecting your morality. That I feel was a very important note he made because we can clearly see it through the example of Huck Finn.   Second, there is Philosopher Phillip Hallie with : From Cruelty to Goodness. He makes a few great points. He first describes his view on two contrasting types of ethical rules. They are called injunctions. “Positive” injunctions stipulate a specific thing to be done, an action such as pleading for the widow, and defending the fatherless. On the other end is “Negative” injunctions, they outlaw specific actions to NOT be done. His beliefs are that if you were to follow a negative injunction; you would be perhaps a decently ordinary person, but if you were to follow the positive side of the injunction than that alone will make you a far better extraordinary person. Hallie, on the other hand, his outlook is on not sympathy but cruelty. We go into the perspective of Nazi’s in concentration camps, imprisoning jews. Nazi’s in this setting, gives a representation of being cruel. We noted that in Hallie’s reading he explains the opposite of cruelty is not sympathy but it is “hospitality”. If you think, someone can easily be nice or kind for two minutes in time but those two minutes of kindness do not make up for the fact of the situation that other person is in. There is no going back or making up, because all is done. From this, we can now see that cruelty comes from and in all different forms, most times we see it in the way power is balanced within a certain kind of setting. Hear “Cruelty”, you think “evil”, it is not wrong but the focus is put on who is doing it, not who the cruel act is being done to.