Merit, Desert and Values

Louis Pojman is a renowned philosopher who had contributed a lot in the anticipation of the concepts of desert and merit. The paper includes a brief argument associated with the statement by Louis Pojman. According to Louis Pojman, the virtuous are rewarded and the vicious punished in proportion to their relatives. The stance by Louis Pojman is not agreeable by most of the theologians and on its brief analysis, one would be able to identify that the statement could not be understood easily without referencing the work of Louis Pojman. In particular, the statement of Louis Pojman does have a merit. We shall discuss the agreement with the statement of Louis Pojman on the basis of integrated arguments.

The background of Louis Pojmans statement is the use of the two basic concepts of ethics namely merit and desert. Louis Pojman had profoundly accounted the concepts with his stance on the basis of brief account to the historical context in his work, Merit Why Do We Value It To Louis Pojman, the statement regarding the virtuous and vicious was a proposal of appointing the method providing the people what they deserve. The background of the statement also points out the intensions of the people that lead them to the path of desert.

According to some of the theologians and philosophers, desert means the characteristics and talents that one possesses. But the statement is agreeable because it demolishes the basis of desert as characteristics and natural talents of individuals. The statement originates the concept of desert as a result of deeds and objectives of individuals. Louis Pojman describes desert as deserving. Desert is easy to understand concept as it lies in each and every aspect of our lives. Childhood is full of deserts in the shape of rewards from parents by being mannered child. Desert turns into the matter of getting honor because of being wise. Thus desert is always with us in terms of being rewarded. The statement of Louis Pojman has potential to create a dogma for everyone to gain self reliance and confidence to live a life free from disgust and materialism.

Similarly another concept that makes up the second half of the statement is Merit. Louis Pojman describes merit as the result or fruit of acquired by keeping an attribute within that does something worth for the betterment of a society. It is the acquired attribute that tends to keep the concept of merit alive in a society. For example a person taking care of older people who have been left out by their parents could be goodness and acquired attribute of that person. On the basis of his acquired attribute to do well for a society makes him get the desert and merit. Acquired attributes of positivity brings a cause in a society to stay away from the evil and vice. In this way merit is given in a society to subjugate the failures and murder of human values.

It is the dependency of both the concept merit and desert that they could not deliver the message of the statement of Louis Pojman alone. Together the concept of Merit and desert provides an interpretation with a definite understanding of the society as a whole. Moreover it is the quality of the concepts that works as a method and a golden rule for the people to live a prosperous life.

The statement of Louis Pojman demonstrating the concepts and phenomenon of desert and merit has a potential to spread the need for the societies to adopt the method that implies justice in a society where there is a possibility of an outburst of unjust circumstances and frequent abuse of values and systematic order in a society. Furthermore, the statement provides a sense of motivation to the members of a society. With the implementation of the statement as a method for conducting prosperous lives and practicing social behavior, it is predicted that people would fairly develop thoughtful ways towards understanding of spirituality in the relations of human to every aspect of life.

If one would go against the statement on the basis of projecting implications against the merit and desert than it would be unacceptable to agree with account of method where the merits and deserts are given on the basis of characteristics of an individual.

The statement is not new as it had been implemented in the civilizations which now rule the history. It is true that one would deserve what he tends to achieve in a society. Vicious will be and should be punished on the basis of their intensions and objectives to sustain the way of life in a society. Similarly, people who have attained positive attributes to gain spiritual development in a society deserve deserts and rewards. Thus on the basis of above arguments it could be said that Louis Pojmans statement is agreeable that the virtuous are rewarded and the vicious punished in proportion to their relative deserts.


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