If good will is the only categorical imperative, and categorical imperatives are unconditionally good. Actions done out of good will are good unconditionally, due to their intentions, or motives. Good wills do not exist, so categorical imperatives do not exist. Every action and every motive have an underlying selfish purpose. People act with themselves as the top priority. Only committing actions, which often benefit them, or performing them when it is most convenient for them. People have good wills, or act under the guidance of good will for these selfish underlying reasons whether they realize it or not. Whether they are religiously obligated, lawfully obligated, or for their own selfish satisfaction. People help the needy because they want to reach a religious goal, such as gain entrance into heaven, or for whatever underlying motive they might have....
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...arded the need for saving others, such as fireman, police, paramedics, then life would also lose its value, because someone’s life is no longer worthy enough to be saved. Good will cannot be unconditionally good if it violates Kant’s own law of universals.
In life it is impossible to act free of external influences. All our motives and our will to do something whether it be good or bad is influenced by an exterior goal, or motive. In order for a will to be unconditionally good, the true motives behind a good will must be pure, and unselfish, which often is impossible for humans. Categorical imperatives thus do not exist, because there is no such thing as a good will. Even if in a theoretical world good wills were unconditionally good. People are often faced with dilemmas that challenge their wills, which leads to actions that do not abide by the law of universals.
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