Kanflict, A bold journey into the world of the metaphysical

Essay by Matt RivaUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, November 1996

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Until Emmanuel Kant, God, primarily the western Religion of Christianity's concept of God, was of an elevated stature over humans when concerning the issue of morality. This however was to be questioned due to this philosophers works on this subject. All philosophers preceding him also tried to solve and define this mystical thing called moral good.

For Kant this journey had a side benefit. He discovered that it was all more impressive to be good as a human than God itself. For a human to do the right or moral thing means that a decision must be made; to side with the duality within each person, to be moral or follow the animalistic nature of inclination. This inclination is the desire, primarily, to be happy.

To be moral means adhering to codes of goodness and selflessness. This might involve running into a burning building to rescue a child.

This doesn't make one happy, because one doesn't say, 'I could die or I could live. Ya know, I think I'll take the first option...Yippee.' This seems ludicrous, that one would chose the good of one over the good of another, and not chose yourself. But this is what elevates us above the rest of the life on the planet, that we will chose to serve the laws of morality and justice, while putting aside one's own happiness.

God on the other hand has no such decision to make. God only knows morality. There is no weighing or balancing of conflicting agendas, be it morality or desire. This is what I choose to tag 'Kanflict.' God's decision is all the less impressive because morality is the only option.

For us humans it is all the more difficult and therefore impressive to choose morality over desire to serve our...