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MORAL PHILOSOPHY Everyone human being on the planet carries with them a moral philosophy of some kind For some people it is a way of life and they consult their philosophy before making any moral decision However for many their personal moral philosophy is undefined or unclear to them Perhaps these people have a philosophy of their own that they abide to yet fail to recognize that it exists What I hope to uncover with this paper is my moral philosophy and how I apply it in my everyday life Further I will compare my ideas with the works and ideas studied thus far this semester In my life morality is something that has been developing since birth Many of my moral decisions were influenced by the instruction of my parents growing up What was considered right and wrong was advised by my parents I went through a process of trial and error where my parents would condemn what was wrong and praise what was right That helped me in making decisions further down the line For example if I knew that if I kicked our pet cat my parents would think it was wrong I simply would not do it Growing older I realized why my parents would advise against something such as kicking our pet cat They believed it was cruel to torment the animal and cause it unnecessary pain So being a rational being like my parents I too agreed that to cause unnecessary pain to our pet was wrong I understood this is something I ought not do Choosing not to kick the cat could be classified under the moral principle of utilitarianism Perhaps more specifically this would be act utilitarianism since it is focusing solely on the act of kicking the cat not the idea of kicking cats in general Even though it may serve in the self-interest of a young boy to kick a cat as a
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