Morally good person
We sometimes say that to be a good person, one must be “true to oneself.” Do you think this is so? Give examples.
Do you believe that a morally good person will, at least in normal circumstances, also be assured of being a happy person? Why or why not?
If a sadist were to gain enormous pleasure from torturing his or her victims—in fact, more pleasure than the pain suffered by the victims themselves—would the sadist’s cruelty be justified?
Is there anything you would find worth dying for? What?(Camus, in his Myth of Sisyphus, said, “A reason for dying is also a good reason for living.”)
Many religious commandments, in sexual and food prohibitions, tell us to abstain from the material, or bodily, enjoyments of life.
Is it possible to be a religious person and deny yourself none of the pleasures of life? Or if a religion encourages us to make money, buy fancy cars, and live well, is it thereby corrupting its status as a religion?
Do we in fact always act selfishly, even in those instances in which we appear to be “selflessly” helping others?
Is it true that the “bottom line” of business is profit and profit alone? Or, even in business itself, are there other, less tangible goals that are intrinsic to and just as important as making money?
Do you believe that abortion is justifiable, even in cases in which the life of the mother is not threatened? How do you justify your answer, and how would you defend it against a person who disagreed with you?
Assuming that we agree on a list of injunctions that we all ought to obey, which we call morality, why should we be moral?
Would it be possible for a person to be perfectly good and yet cause harm to innocent people? Could a person be wicked even if he or she never caused any harm at all?
Which is more important to you, success or happiness? What if you are forced to choose between them?
We are a nation ruled “by laws, not men.” What does this say about our view of “men”?