Respond to the following discussion
1. The three categorical imperatives I chose were to always defend yourself, to never regret your decisions and to help others when you are able to. Categorical imperatives are moral obligations to guide us towards what we should do, and they do not waver. No matter what the circumstances are, you do what you feel your categorical imperatives are. It is what you feel is the right thing for you to do, and others around you to do as well (Johnson 2014). I feel the movie that display’s all these categorical imperatives I chose is Captain America: The First Avenger. It is a movie that was made by Marvel studios back in 2011, and followed Captain America (Steve Rogers) through events in World War II.
Steve Rogers shows that he can help to solve problems by enlisting into the army to fight off the Nazi’s in World War II. Because he was rejected for physical and health problems, he volunteers to be a part of the super soldier program, which later turns him into Captain America. He shows that he never regrets his decision, by going onto save many soldiers lives. Even when his best friend Bucky Barnes dies, he continues to fight. He also at the end of the movie sacrifices himself to crash land a plane for the good of his country. Even after he is resurrected, he is sad that he never had a life with his love interest Peggy Carter, but does not regret his decision to save many lives.
Steve Rogers also shows the categorical imperative to always defend yourself. In a scene from the movie which I have attached below, he tells a bully to “shut up” during a movie because they were being disruptive to everyone in the theater. He later in an alley is getting beat up by them but does not back down, even going as far to say “I can do this all day.” He eventually is helped by his friend Bucky.
It is important in the film that these imperatives need to be followed because if they weren’t, Steve Rogers would have never become Captain America, setting off a chain of events it does in the future. Without following the imperative of never backing down after he becomes Captain America for example, he would never have become a great hero that he is. Villains would be able to defeat him easily. Without him having the imperative to help others in need and solve problems, he would have never enlisted into the war.
It is important to me to follow these imperatives because I feel they are the best imperatives for me to live by. You must always defend yourself because it is your right to do so. Defending others is also imperative. Never regretting your decisions is important to me because I always feel like I make the correct choice the first time. By regretting my decisions later on, I found it to be harmful, as I always second guessed myself in decisions that were to be made later on. Helping to solve problems is imperative because if you are able to do something and help, I believe you should. You never want to regret sitting idly by when you could have helped anther person.
The film that I chose for my module 2 mini essay is another film Captain America is featured in. I chose to write about Avengers: Infinity War. To me, there are many characters that display deontological ethics that I would like to explore. I too believe I follow a more of a deontological ethic perspective and stance.
2. Kant’s enhancement for the golden rule principle, the Categorical Imperative: Act as you would need every single other individual to act towards every other individual. Act as per the maxim that you would wish all other objective individuals to pursue, as though it were a general law. The truth has always been the center of my household core of responsibility. I was raised to follow this as a child, and have continued the efforts with my family as well. The film demonstrates my belief due to its severity of what has occurred to a flawed system of what actually is the true meaning of “core values”.
The clip represents how the truth has always prevailed in my existence. In the clip provided. A courtroom showdown, two Marines are blamed for killing a kindred Marine of their unit, PFC William Santiago Michael DeLorenzo, at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, which is under the direction of Col. Nathan R. Jessep (Jack Nicholson). It is suspected that Jessep requested the two Marines to complete a “code red” on Santiago – doublespeak for a vicious extrajudicial discipline. Attorney Daniel “Danny” Kaffee (Tom Cruise) specifically blames Jessep for this in the court and, vigorously under strain and tangled in his very own untruths, Jessep makes an angry presentation.
It’s important to live by an ethical code of value. I’ve always stood by that “if you don’t stand for something then be prepared to fall for anything”. Understanding your principles allow you to make golden rule type decisions. In the film, preservation of doing what’s right for the benefit of good allowed for others to understand the truth in the preservation of Pvt Santiago’s life, and core values of the Marine Corps.
Please share with your classmates the film you chose for your Module 2 Mini Essay. Speculate how the film may or may not align with your own preferred ethical stance or theory.
The Oz Principle: Getting Results Through Individual and Organizational Accountability immediately comes to mind. This demonstration of management going rouge for the betterment of his own personal cause distracts from the actual mission itself. In the case of Col. Nathan R. Jessep he was fighting a completely separate war in his own right. However, it proved to be unbecoming of his duties which forced him to be relieved of his post.