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Egoism as a Universal Principal

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Act according to their personal wills (2011); and when they get an opportunity to avoid punishment for their actions, they decide to act immorally. The point is that it frequently happens that immoral actions lead to faster results than moral ones. Gyge’s ring is the metaphoric example of how easily goals may be achieved when people thinks that no one sees them and make a beeline by acting immorally. However, having this ring doesn’t obligatory mean that the person becomes required to act immorally, as there are indeed some values that all people value and they are considered to be moral, because the things are “valuable as means” (Gendler 2011). If I had the ring, I would probably do something immoral, as I would feel the power that the ring would give me.

As I can judge upon my own imagination, the thought of having the ring makes me want to do something not very moral which I can’t do in real life, like listening to others conversations of maybe even stealing something that would make my life so easy.

Although I can definitely assert that I would do some moral things too, just in order to do something good as a mean. Because it is especially pleasant to do good things anonymously when only you know that you’ve done something decent despite the credits that you could have received, but still doing bad things, when no one sees you, is also convenient. Thus it turns out that the discussion around Gyge’s ring is relative, because it depends on people and the things that they value. Being invisible for some of them may mean an opportunity get away with crimes, although for others it means an opportunity to do good things as

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  • Pages: 2 (500 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: Philosophy
  • Level: Undergraduate
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