Reflection Question 1:
I would have to say that my favorite posts most definitely come from my introduction posts because I got to talk about my goals in life, what makes me happy, and where my beliefs and values come from. If I had to narrow it down to one though my favorite post would be lesson two assignment three where we are required to talk about the rules and principles that we live by, what we consider good, whether we prefer happiness to duties, and one rule that we live by. I liked this post because it got me thinking about the principles that I follow and whether or not they are for my happiness or I just have these principles because I was brought up a certain way. The rule that I live by that I included in my post was don’t sweat the small stuff, everything is small stuff. I love this quote because it helps you to think about things on a bigger scale and keeps you more laid back about things.
Least Favorite post:
My least favorite post throughout the semester was lesson two assignment one where we talked about Kant and his philosophy. This was my least favorite post because it took me a while to understand what he was trying to get across. Kant was also the philosopher throughout the semester that I disagreed with the most. I could see what he was trying to say and thought it was interesting but in the end I didn’t really agree with him.
Most difficult post:
I would have to say that the most difficult post that I had to write about this semester was lesson five assignment two. I think this was the most difficult assignment for me to write because I do have mixed feelings about the topic and I didn’t want other people to think I was arrogant. I knew this was a sensitive topic for some people and I didn’t want to offend people with what I had to say so it made it difficult because I had to be careful with my words. This particular assignment was also difficult in the commenting part of things because I didn’t want to seem rude and to push my views on other people if we differed.
Post I learned the most from:
The post that I would say I learned the most from was the post on animal suffering. I learned the most from this post because it made me really think about the actions I take every day and the ways that they affect others. This post really made me consider the way I look at the world and more importantly the animals. I do eat meat and love to try new foods but that’s not to say I would try animals that I consider pets like a dog or a cat. This was such an interesting topic because although it taught me all about the pain and suffering these animals go through, I selfishly don’t want to change my ways.
Reflection Question 2:
I would say the most interesting thing I’ve learned throughout this course would come from lesson 6 on our judgments of other cultures’ beliefs. I thought this was the most interesting because it makes you think that if people didn’t act upon their judgments of what other people consider right and wrong, there might not be so much chaos in the world. I think that it’s OK to judge people because your beliefs are different from theirs but we shouldn’t act upon them because we’re different to them too. Cultures have different beliefs because of their country and religion and the rules that govern them and we have to understand that we’re different too. My major is business and I plan on getting a job in marketing and I think I can apply this to my job because I will most likely be dealing with people from all around the world. When I deal with these people I can consider what I learned in this lesson and consider their beliefs before I deal with them so that I don’t offend them.
Reflection Question 3:
I do think that my moral viewpoint has changed throughout this class because of all of the philosophies I have learned and through reading what my classmates had to say. I have learned to think about my happiness as my ultimate goal in life and about the people that I affect to try and achieve this goal. I now think about the morals and views of other cultures and consider them when I encounter these people. I have been made to think about the people in my life and the ways that they affect me and the decisions that I make. Ultimately, this course has taught me to think about the many people in life and the different types of people I will meet and that I should consider all people’s beliefs.
I do not think I would change anything about this course because I think that this course and the way the teacher has set it up has taught us a lot about different ethical considerations that all tie together. I don’t think I would drop any topics or add any because I think that all of the topics were beneficial to my overall learning. I do think that at times it was a little tough to comment on other people’s posts because the posts were a little sensitive and I didn’t people to think I was forcing my views on them. However, it does make it easier that this class is offered online and in a blog form because it makes it a little easier to comment on people because confronting people face to face can be difficult. I will definitely recommend this class to other people because I think it is interesting and really makes you think about a lot of things. The way that the teacher tied in ethics and our views and different assignments made this class really interesting and really easy to be involved in.