Immanuel Kants Insights into Ethics and Duty: The Nature of Indefinite life extension
Is it a duty to work towards advancing the entire scope of what exists? Since a few years, I’ve been pondering various aspects of this question. I will now attempt to explain its nature, and make a case for it by pointing out the correlations between life extension and Immanuel Kants thoughts in The Metaphysical Elements of Ethics.
\”IV. What are the ends that are also duties? What are the ends that are also duties? \”Our own perfection B. happiness of others.\”
He defines \”categorical necessity\” as a universally applicable and non-contradictory absolute need that anyone can understand through pure reason, without having to experience it or be taught.
He said that \”ethics can also be defined as a system of ends for pure practical reason.\”
Perfection is when you do what’s right, necessary, moral, ethical, etc., and that too well. It’s a journey, not a destination.
He said that it was necessary to add to the happiness of others, and not our own, but it is our responsibility to correct it if we are to suffer from pain, poverty, or other problems. This is not to ensure our happiness but to maintain our moral agent’s proper functioning in pursuit of perfection for ourselves and others.
This maxim is only obligatory if it has the character of an universal law and, therefore, if we also want to make others our goals. The happiness of others, then, is a goal that is also a responsibility.
Personal happiness is already covered by the pursuit of self-perfection. We would not be able to achieve our goals if we were only concerned with ourselves. It would become unstructured and unimportant. This time could be spent on the satisfying and consequential satisfaction that comes with a sense of uprightness and accomplishment and progress at a human scale and security when you are in pursuit of perfectionism. Viktor Frankl, Abraham Maslow and others have said that the fulfillment that comes from contributing to humanity’s progress can take a person beyond happiness to a place where they are able to eliminate suffering. Kant says:
The previous section defined duty as the end that is the perfection of the person who feels happy by the mere awareness of their uprightness.
It’s not so much about going out of your way to show them greatness as it is about making sure you don’t create its deficit. Just as simple is to maintain peace. We are happy to share our joy with others. For example, a neighbor who is rude to others is not doing their job because they disrupt people’s rhythm, focus, productivity, or anything else.
It is my duty to not give him any reason to stumble.
Kant says that you cannot just think about the urgently needed priorities and then forget them. A pure and rational end requires action. It is unethical to think about them and then not act on them. This would mean that we are not truly free, because a person who is free internally forces themselves to do what they know must be done.
The industrialized world loves the freedom to do things they enjoy, like play games, develop skills, build prestige, go on vacations, etc. When we are unable to fulfill our duties to improve ourselves and to make others happy, then we cannot truly be free.
The man who, despite the loss, does not give up a pleasure he has decided on, but who still gives it up unreservedly and reluctantly when he realizes that it will cause him to neglect a duty to his father or an official one, demonstrates his freedom to the highest degree.
They are neglecting their duty if they cannot give up a few jet ski holidays, 5% dart league time or 25% television time for the sake of the survival of mankind and removing waste and absurdity from our core existence. These things have taken over their minds and shackled their freedom. They are holding them back without their consent. The source of these obstacles must be removed.
\”All duty is necessity or constraint\”
We must be aware of what is going on at all times and refrain from absorbing.