We Have The Moral Duty To Try
Yesterday in my Theory of Knowledge class, we were given a ten minute class assignment on write a quick one page response on a quote. Currently, we are on the subject of Ethics and Morals and so there is much, much room to discuss as morals and ethics are subject to everyone’s interpretations and so on. Here was my response. Mind you, I am being very serious. I just chose to be serious in my own way.
“We may not always have the moral strength to bridge the gap between our ideals and our actions, but we have the moral duty to try.”
– Michael Josephson
“The moral duty to try.” Duty means an obligation, therefore this means that we are obligated to try to make the morally right decision at all times. As for myself, I try to follow this. I try to do what’s right – what I believe is right at least – and in doing so, life gets hard.
It’s not easy to do the right thing. In fact, it rarely ever is easy to do the right thing. Usually, it’s kind of hard. “We may not always have the moral strength to bridge the gap between our ideals and our actions” but yes, we do have to try. Trying to make that bridge, trying to leap across a gap between two mountains is not a ‘try’ spent in vain. Or rather, trying to get to the other side has to be better than just standing on one mountain and glumly gazing at the other.
This also calls to mind a particular scene in Lord of The Rings, the famous “Run, you fools” moment. Gandalf tried and in doing so, saved everyone else. Gandalf saved lives. So who knows? Maybe by trying to the morally correct thing, you could be ‘saving’ a bunch of lives. You could be a Gandalf.
And who wouldn’t want to be a Gandalf?