The Integrity Of Person 's Moral Character

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A majority of people would describe themselves as good and virtuous if asked to describe their personal character. Many would go on and describe the numerous occasions when they donated money to a charity, committed a random act of kindness to a stranger without being told to do so or chose not to lie. However, it is possible that people do not naturally act in such honorable ways, but are pushed to behave morally. With the fear of receiving negative consequences for wrongdoing, it is debatable whether people willing or naturally behave justly. The quote once spoken by former president, Abraham Lincoln, in essay topic two questions the integrity of person’s moral character when introduced to power. The quotes centers upon Lincoln’s claim that power has a tremendous and drastic effect upon a person’s character and can ultimately reveal the true nature of a person. Lincoln goes on to say that many people are able to withstand and persevere through many struggles and trials in life, which often test a person’s character. By withstanding such troublesome struggles, a person’s character for the most part remains intact. However, Lincoln reasons that when given power, the ultimate authority and influence, to act unjustly without facing any ramifications for the committed actions, a person’s moral character is often swayed by the allure of committing evil without any consequences or sense of accountability. It is apparent to Lincoln that power maintains great influence over a person’s character and provides a clear way of determining the moral integrity of a person by observing his or her actions as a result of obtaining such ability. The claim and position proposed by Lincoln on the effect of power on moral character align with Glauco... ... middle of paper ... ...is reasonable to believe that when given the power to act morally wrong without any consequence, a person would manipulate such power since that person is finally free from all authoritative coercion and influence. Though some argue that there are currently people who do act morally just voluntarily and willingly with no intentions of personal interest, it is evident that such an ability in not truly capable of humans. With the natural selfish mindset geared towards potential personal rewards and understandable fear of negative consequences, it is unreasonable to believe people act morally right for the sake of acting in such a way. Therefore, it seems to be no reason for humans to act morally right. Overall, it can be viewed that acting morally right or being just hold no intrinsic value since such an act is not voluntarily, willingly or genuinely done by no means.
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