Without these steps “a person may be entirely honest without ever engaging in the hard work of discernment that integrity requires” (Carter 74). Have you... ... middle of paper ... ...n the end, Carter convinced me that mere honesty is insufficient. Honesty is a noble trait, but it is often misused and can do great harm. Honesty also allows people to escape from their moral responsibilities. What we are really looking for is integrity.
In particular, it robs those who disagree with these silenced opinions. Mill then turns to the reasons why humanity is hurt by silencing opinions. His first argument is that the suppressed opinion may be true. He writes that since human beings are not infallible, they have no authority to decide an issue for all people, and to keep others from coming up with their own judgments. Mill asserts that the reason why liberty of opinion is so often in danger is that in practice people tend to be confident in their own rightness, and excluding that, in the infallibility of the world they come in contact with.
When it comes to morality this is something we cannot enforce, because there are some values which looks like immoral to you but it might not be in others views. Even if there are some common values, which are considered, immoral in all societies but still force is no solution because moral values cannot be taught anyway, only way we adopt a moral value is from inside of man by seeing other people observing it in surrounding. This happens by persons own will, just like a habit, that we do not choose a habit, it just becomes a part of ourselves unknowingly. To me, enforcing a moral value on somebody is like extracting it spirit from it, and it will lose its originality leaving an empty shell, which people will put over to pretend to observe that moral value which you enforced on them. In my opinion, this is a natural reaction because man has rebellious nature, which we cannot change.
A person who is not afraid of breaking the boundaries of what is morally right is someone who has integrity. Carter provides a good explanation of why people lack integrity and it’s because they do not fully understand from what is right and wrong. In society it is hard to break away from boundaries, people like to stick with majorities vote. Ever notice why people follow the crowd? Even though they probably don’t agree with what they stand for.
When you’re wrong, or you don’t know something and you can admit it, it is an opportunity to learn and grow. That is nothing to fear or be ashamed of, but for some reason we perpetuate the myth of seeing an apology as weakness. There are many people that mistake not apologizing as a sign of strength. They fool themselves into believing that to apologize would make them seem weak, or put them in a vulnerable position. The truth is there is absolutely nothing strong about hurting someones feelings.
Many people don’t care about something or an issue until it happens directly to them or to their loved ones. Even if it were nations becoming alienated, they wouldn’t want to go near the problem or the unfairness and instead, they choose to runaway. Elie Wiesel addresses this problem in a short paragraph by saying: “Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere….
Sometimes a “little lie” could save a day. An old proverb says honesty is the best policy. I disagree with being honest at all times, even though being honest is a good thing to do. First, most people lie to prevent other people feelings from getting hurt. Second, people lie because of their customs and traditions.
Humans are complex beings. We have different motivations, goals, and aspirations but what influences us to have these goals? What motivates us to strive for them? Daniel Gilbert, in his essay “Immune to Reality” states we have unconscious processes that influence our behaviors, and also that we heavily rely on acceptance from others. The social pressures we experience on day to day bases are what influence us to change and adapt.
Unselfish acts are put under scrutiny because humans do not believe that overriding something so basic can be possible and because being unselfish seems like a legend to them. This is a challenge to my value because it is so difficult to be selfless when others tell you that it isn’t possible. Part of committing to being selfless is having the hope that it is possible, but I haven’t lost my hope
The overall impact of these ideas on individuals shows how conformity, persuasion, stereotypes, and culture affect how society maintains and changes social norms. The first of these ideals is conformity. “Conformity is the aligning one's attitude, opinion or behavior to those of other people (McLeod,