What rules and principles do you live by? And why? (Why those and not others? Where did you get those principles from? Why do you agree with them? Have you ever been challenged about your principles? Would you consider changing them? Adopting new ones? Dropping them completely?)
The main rules and principles I live by are to be respectful, honest, treat others the way I want to be treated, keep quiet when I should, follow my instincts, forgive often, and to try to make the best out of situations. I think that the things I just listed are so important in life. I learned these principles from my parents, friends and experience. I believe that I have been challenged by most of those principles at some point in my life. Part of figuring out principles to live by is through making mistakes and learning from them. One of the principles that I struggle with the most often is making the best out of situations. Sometimes when you’re having a bad day, it is really tough to make it good again. I would not consider changing any of those principles but I am always open to adopt new ones.
What are your obligations in life? What are your duties? What are your MORAL duties? To whom or what?
My obligations in life are to graduate, get a job, and take care of my family. Right now I am mostly concentrating on school and I plan to graduate in May. The next step is to get a job and work my way up as much as possible. I know that after I graduate, I’m not going to get my dream job right away but I will continue working towards that goal. I want to get married and have children, so when that happens I will have obligations as a wife and mother. I also want to take care and always look out for my parents and younger siblings.
What is the “good” for you? What do you consider good? What is your definition of ‘good’?
I consider good as doing the “right” thing. Good is making decisions that will better your life. If you make poor decisions, there will not be good outcomes. I believe that if you act morally right, good things will follow. Good is always striving to better yourself.
We’ve discussed the search for happiness as a guide for moral actions in Lesson 1, and duties or principles as guide to moral actions in Lesson 2. Do you prefer one to the other? Can it be both? How?
I don’t prefer Lesson 1 over Lesson 2 because I think they both go hand in hand. I believe if you follow your principles and duties and also act morally, happiness will just follow naturally. If you don’t make good decisions, don’t try your best to follow your principles and don’t act morally, I don’t believe you would be truly happy.
Include (if you have) one moral rule or principle that you think should be universally accepted (with or without qualifications). Then discuss briefly why you selected it. Make your moral rule stand out by changing font size and color. (And an image is always welcome, too!)
I think that one more rule that should be universally accepted is respect for yourself and others. Respect is one of the best qualities someone can have. I can’t stand when people disrespect others. I think it is one of the rudest things a person can do. I am a waitress in a busy restaurant and sometimes it completely shocks me how disrespectful some people can be. Respecting yourself and others is so important to do.