Money Is Not Everything Case Essay
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1. According to C.S. Lewis there are three things morality is concerned about , what are those things? Explain each one. Morality, then, seems to be concerned with three things. First, with fair play and harmony between individuals. Second, with what might be called tidying up or harmonizing the things inside each individual. Third, with the general purpose of human life as a whole: what man was made for: what course the whole fleet ought to be one: what tune the conductor of the band wants it to play
a. Personal – What’s the use of thinking and just drawing up rules if we don’t think that the courage and unselfishness of individuals is ever going to make any system work b. Communal – Kindness and fair play between nation, classes and individuals c. Purpose – the thinking that every individual lives on forever. This means that we are more valuable than anything in the world which will come to an end.
2. What are the 4 Cardinal Virtues? (Give a definition of cardinal and each of the virtues)? Cardinal virtues are virtues which are common to all people, Christian or not.
It is derived from a Latin word meaning ‘the hinge of a door’ because they are pivotal d. Prudence – practical common sense; harmless as doves but also as wise as serpents e. Temperance – putting a limit to one’s “addictions” f. Justice – “fairness”
g. Fortitude – 2 kinds of courage, faces danger and sticks it under pain; guts
3. What does it mean for commitment to be “elusive?” Breaking a commitment for a “higher” commitment; Breaking a commitment is considered bad by society; the less you think about your commitment, the deeper it is 4. What is the meaning of the statement “Commitment is a choice and a promise?” And how does it relate to freedom? Though we have a choice, people allow themselves to be afflicted with the voluntary slavery of indetermination. The promise is a particular kind of choice. Unlike every other choice we make, what is unique about a promise is that it describes something we intend to do in the future, whereas any other choice is a formal determination about the present. By giving my word, I am assuming an obligation, but I do more than that.
I yield to another, or others, a claim over myself by creating an expectation in them concerning what I say I will do for them. Since we are given choices, it means that we have freedom. As more choices are given to us, we feel that there is more freedom. Also, choosing a commitment means that you are doing what you want. You would never deliberately choose something that you don’t want. In the end, you will feel more free with your commitment because you are doing something that you like doing. 5. Explain the meaning of conscience having both a subjective and objective aspect. Subjective: It is ours, we are responsible for how we decide Objective: it transcends our individualistic, private notions and “bind” us, calling us ur of ourselves into relation with others and before God
6. What is the difference of “fear conscience and philosophical-ethical conscience?” Fear conscience: “Baka mahuli ako”
Philosophical: “Hindi magandang magnakaw”
7. What are the two axial commitments according to Haughey? Explain at least one of them? (note: you can decide just to give one or two examples for each axial commitment) h. The first is the commitment of God to His Son
i. Self-donation as a general description
1. I am not growing this relationship. Should I end it?
2. Is self-donation opposed to freedom?
ii. Complete commitment to the other in love is at the heart and core of the internal life of God Himself
iii. Commitment is an essential part of existence
iv. Commitment generates communion
v. Commitment is compatible to freedom (self-donation)
i. The other is Jesus’ commitment
vi. Commitment is a process (Not a single act)
vii. Commitment is motivated by love
3. Love one another as I have loved you
viii. Commitment is about communion
4. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my
love ix. Commitment has a clear direction
5. No one comes to the Father except through me
x. Commitment involves freedom
6. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord 8. What does it mean for Jesus’ commitment to be totally free? j. For this reason, the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father. 9. What is the meaning of this statement, “The purity of the commitment means you don’t just make it, you yield to it—(freely, gladly made)”? 10. What is the meaning of this statement, “The commitment that is rooted in mutual presence of oneself and God more likely will be preserved?”