Merit Essay

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Merit Essay While reading the paper “Merit: Why Do We Value It?” written by Louis Pojman, he argues that we deserve what we earn. In first examining this theory I came to understand that I agree with Pojman completely when he states that “evil deeds must be followed by evil outcomes and good deeds by good outcomes” (p. 96). I will examine the reasons I agree with Pojman and also why I disagree with critics of the merit desert philosophy. When I examine that we deserve what we earn I first need to break this into two different components, do we deserve it and is it always important to earn anything physical as a reward? If I go to work and work hard to improve myself or my job I deserve to be rewarded because I have earned it. I do not believe that this always happens in the work place for various reasons, family involvement in the business or even the state of the economy prohibits it. This does not mean that I did not earn anything, I may have earned respect from my boss or fellow employees or even my own self satisfaction for doing my job to the best of my ability. The other possibility is that if I do not do my job and just show up and let others do the work I may be disciplined or even fired. This still follows Pojman's theory that I deserved what I earned. This is what I believe this country was founded on, although the bill of rights of our constitution are entitlements, I think they just state these rights but they do not guarantee the outcome. The more willing I am to pursue them the more likely I will have a positive outcome. Kant replaces outcome with intention. Pojman states “For Kant moral goodness is the paramount value, and the conscientious will the essence of moral goodness” (p. 84). One example of the failure of this in the everyday world would be if I had good intentions of finishing my roof but did not then when it rained that night water

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