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Unformatted text preview: Eubanks 1 Bailey Eubanks English 1302 Mr. Reiter November 8, 2007 Modern Morality vs. Former Morality G.K Chestertons On the Negative Spirit he shows both sides to morality from set standards our society has today, and from times past. Chesterton wants people to compare themselves to something ideal, something outside themselves. He calls this the ethical ideal (45). I agree with Chesterton that the point is with the current modern goals and standards in life. There is nothing to strive for with our current standards in our society and it could cause it to plummet morally. To correct this Cheserton throughout the essay implies that there needs to be a set standard and that there needs to be someone to be as a perfect role model for humans. G.K Chesterton starts to compare modern morality with that of the former morality. He uses Jesus and Buddha as examples of perfect role models that the monks looked towards in their ethics. He then compares todays morality with that of an ill liver saying, its only certainty is a certainty of ill (47). People today do good for there own sake, not just because it is the morally right thing to do. Later within the essay Chesterton goes on to say how it is important to think above what is achievable. He says it is only then we can achieve our realistic goal. He explains it in two principles; the first approach Eubanks...
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course ENG 1302 taught by Professor Reiter during the Spring '08 term at Baylor.
- Spring '08