Why we do what we do: critical decision processes
|Rakesh N N C||Apr 17, 2019|
Having a moral obligation to do a particular act to having it rendered upon you to do so with accountability is one of the psychological and philosophical urges which come to during decision making, which we often encounter and speculate upon in our everyday lives.
What is actually going on when we encounter such situations? What are the circumstances? What will take effect based on the decision one would have chosen?
Will they be positive towards oneself or be pushed through negatively?
These are some of the questions that we come across. In this essay, we will argue and prospect upon the variance of positivity or negativity when considering a decision which we are morally obligated to, you will also be reading about how we use decision making to do the right thing or make the right choice strictly, under circumstances where we not accountable to undergo such as process when we are not morally obligated.
The first thought is internal and classifies the decision into a pro or con basis, the next thought may be whether he or she will be personally satisfied by such as decision, and the final thought which seems to occur is the fact of singer’s inference that whether the person truly deserves the service, and if so, to what extent?
From the essay of Singer, the morality of the helping the people of famine is described, where the role of the government, an individual’s scope on the situation, etc are taken under consideration.
It is argued and concluded that one should strive to help another under or without moral obligation as long as or to a point where ensuring more of the quantity of service does not harm the giver or when we reach the highest elevation or point where providing future service does not provide regular expected help or outcomes.
Is this always the case? Why do people consider not providing a service in some cases, even though they have a moral obligation to ensure service internally, but fail to provide a direct action on how they present and ensure their morality?
In order to find out so, let’s take a closer look at how we argue internally on our decision-making process.
The first thought which usually occurs when a person is making this decision is honestly whether he or she will benefit in any way from this endeavor, it is so because it is based on one’s best interest, and this classification of the pros and cons of making this judgment will actually influence the final result.
We must also note that the scope of positive emotions and negative emotions vary in a great deal from person to person.
For example, indulging in a favorite meal ensures we have a positive emotion for each and every one of us, but the true argument lies in what occurs internally on doing so, the positive experience may differ if this person regularly indulges in this meal, and compare this experience to person who has a strict discipline and uses the action-reward based system or the weekly cheat rule when doing the same, who do you think actually gets a greater intensity in an experience?
One would easily say it may be of the later person since he or she actually wait and consumes as it as a reward, and generally speaking, the anticipation of the wait greatly ensures pleasure, isn’t it so?
Let us also consider a counter-argument in this very case: what if I tell you that the person who eats the meal regularly eats it as a source of a daily reward?
It changes the constraints now, and what if the later person is actually not truly enjoying the meal due to his or her inner Grief of having the negative thought of the calories or gluten in the very meal?
You can see how the scope of experience varies greatly for each individual.
Now compare this above inference to the decision making the process of a person who is indeed wanting to do good by performing an act of moral responsibility even though it brings no such pleasure for thy, but how do we classify whether the experience will lead to a positive experience or just a burden?
This is truly a critical point to be thought about. For example, one may do the morally responsible act on what one may think is right based on the pleasure which is observed from “doing the right thing”, it is such as case which brings in a sense of confidence, social empowerment and greater sense of universal cause which many ponder upon in a certain era.
We can say that having this sense of fulfillment is one of the factors when considering the need to morally perform a service when it is the right thing to do.
The final thought we will be looking through in detail is the constraint of the extent of the service and the judgment on whether the individual truly deserves the help of oneself.
We must note that most of the decision which we take are partly emotional, logical and rational, where a greater majority of such is covered and dominated by emotion, which is actually dictated by our subconscious. Helping a person in need is not something we take a look rationally or logically, but it is something which we consider to be an emotional judgment.
We consider this service not as intrinsic or extrinsic to one, but as a fulfillment, as unexplainable and hypothetical happiness which actually encapsulated as a part of our purpose or existence.
Such emotional queries make us ask ourselves: are we truly doing the right thing? Am I a good person? Am I correct in my way?
These are highly critical thoughts to be considered and hence play a very important role in the decision-making process. This is a counter-argument to our case, but it is something to consider as it is truly a part of the decision making process and how it actually forms our morality.
In summary, decision making on whether to perform an action based on whether it is a right thing or whether we have a moral obligation have a number of factors which come under consideration: the logical or rational part which makes us question whether it is beneficial or hindering to our own being;
The logical part that makes us consider to what extent should the concerned need iff they deserve our help and finally the most influential part, the emotional part which holds such as powerful and intense emotion, which may in some cases triumph of the rational and logical prefaces in order to satisfy our self-positive image, morality and inner fulfillment.
Let me introduce myself, I am Rakesh Naga Chinta,
I write about my life experiments: what works, what doesn’t on a daily basis; so, you guys don’t need to make the same mistakes I did.