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1. Which do you put more value on, the 'sanctity of life' or the 'quality of life'? Why?

2. After careful considerations of the various ethical theories/views we discussed, what “personal moral system or code” can you come up with and which you can adopt? Be sure to talk about the values, precepts/ideas, and other elements that should comprise this “personal moral system or code”. Include your conception of freedom and accountability in this given moral system and your view of what it means to be a moral individual.
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1. Personally, I consider "quality of life" as more important than "sanctity of life" for one individual cannot be said to fully lived if he did not satisfy his needs and performed his duties as man. The holiness can be viewed more as dogmatic rather realistic, for in the end all of us will die. It’s just a matter of time and situation, most of us cannot choose how and when we will die. In sanctity, we talk about issues of unborn children, humane deaths and life according to one’s religion – which were obviously dictated already. Much of these ideas are pre-determined; norms set before us. But in reality, life is a bunch of actual choices and intersecting paths where we usually find ourselves lost. In between the start and end point when we were born up to the time we die, it is then that we prove our existence, that we make actual choices for ourselves – the part where we have total control. So if we value the quality more above sanctity, how then can we measure it?

We measure it by the standards of morality. By using morality, I am not hereupon submitting myself to cliché norms or substandard rules of society. Morality is subjective and it can vary through different generations and civilizations. The quality of life can be determined by how much you’ve grown as a man until the time you start to deteriorate. One can enjoy living like a pig, gambling like there’s no tomorrow and acquiring all possible wordly possessions, but where’s the quality here? Where is the strong sense of being human? Where are the duties and actions that benefit a good cause? Quality is the essential identifying nature of something. It is the highest and finest standard one can achieve, ergo we strive to achieve it. We suffer, we take loss, we stumble and then we got up. Life brings us to the deepest and darkest paths, but we brought ourselves to fight and find light. I am not being hypothetical in perspective, but dont you find that true? In achieving quality, things have to be refined. Sanctity is not something to be strive upon, (it had and always been there) but quality is. What is life without endeavors and suffering? Don’t you find that boring? Living your life according to will of many and written conducts. Some might say that we should satisfy the will of God instead the will of ourselves, that all of these that we have now, we owe to Him. But really, I am a believer, but I think that belief is crap. God made us rational beings to determine our own lives and not just to follow the word of bible. Who made bible? Man. So perhaps, all along people have been following the words of their fellow men. I see nothing wrong with the bible, its just that I don’t think it is right to set it as standards of living.

We live to perform our duties as man. We live not to hurt or destroy other people, but we are here to make better of ourselves. We are here to perform are duties of man, which is to achieve the common good but not to be conventional. We are unique beings with different qualities rendering us different capabilities leading to wide possibilities. We should not put ourselves within walls of authority and sanctions, rather we must get out of the box and explore. It is LIFE, NOT JUST LIFE. It is there to give us everything, only we have to identify ourselves as existing and not just corpse with cognition. Life gives us consciousness, render us choices and rationality which we should maximize and define that we are not just existing, but as well functioning.

The Code of Living

a. Don’t just live, live decently.

i. Man is accountable to every single action he performs that’s why one should act responsibly and think rationally.

b. Live today, die tomorrow.

i. The word present can be synonymous to gift, that’s why it is something to be treasured. Consider each and every single day a gift, live it by will and heart and never miss out an option to make things better and do what you have to do.

c. All that we wish to do is possible, but not all that we do is good.

i. We cannot always have what we want, but we can always try achieving it. When everything fails, maybe it really is not for you to achieve, but at least you pursue. Life is full of choices; all you have to do is pick the right one.

d. Take chances.

i. Treat all things like you’ll have them for the first and the last time. Decide whether you’ll be the “stand-by or the passer-by.”

e. If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.

i. We are responsible to everything that we do, to every word that we say. It is through are actions and words that we reflect our accountability as a person.

f. Every action you done is a freedom you act.

i. We attached and used are freedom to give sense to our lives, and to materialize our ideas, so one should take careful considerations first.

g. A life unscathed is a life wasted.

i. Go fill your life with memories and proofs of existence. No one can really be safe. Fill that empty void we call life.

h. Conscience and Con-Science

i. Not everything is subjective, always consider physical results and outcomes of your actions. Jump to all possibilities, analyze details and realize consequences.

In every ounce of freedom, we are confined. To be human is to act human, in executing our works and actions, bare in mind that it comes with responsibilities and consequences. Human is capable of doing everything and capable to exceed boundaries, that’s why we suppose to constrained ourselves from doing it.

A moral individual …

- Does not mean that one should act according to cliché norms of society. It is to act and decide according to conscience rather than what the law says should be done.
- Lives his/her life the way others can and applies rules to oneself which are as well applicable and acceptable to all and execute actions which are desirable to others.
- Lives according to the goodness of life, which is possible to grasp by human consciousness and ability.
- Is capable of judging action using inner conviction with the absence of physical proof. Morality is something that exists upon us.

We are moral not because we follow rules, but we are moral because we consider rules. We know are limitations and we took responsibilities in our actions. We learn not to overlap other people’s rights and try not to intervene in their lives. In short, being a moral individual cannot be really defined and described using concrete words. It is perhaps more understandable in view of actions, for it compasses broad subjective ideas and requires consensus.

Freedom is subject beyond the morality. It is through this that we determine our boundaries and limitations. There’s no such thing as absolute freedom, for in every action we execute, there remain the constraints of laws and obligations. Laws are existing to make us accountable human beings.

*Bbye ma'am. Thank you for a wonderful sem you've spend with us. I've learned and argued lots.. *


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