To cap of my recent semester, here's a reflection paper on one of my class. I am sharing it to the world because I want people to realize something: that what you learn in school should not remain only on its four walls but should be spread out and acknowledged by others.
With the end of another semester, it is once more a make it or break it situation. Students stressed and anxious to know whether they passed the semester that ended. Once the students see that they passed, a lot rejoice for having survived another semester of their university year. By the start of the second semester, minds are, at times, almost wiped clean of the teachings from the past semester in order to make room for new learning the coming semester to cram their minds with. However, there are certain lessons during the past semester that is and should be carried on, not only on to the next semester, but for the rest of their lives. There are indeed subjects where the lessons learned can be lived out of the classroom and should be imbued into our lives.
One such subject is ethics. Our professor told us from the very beginning that it is a practical subject; it is to be applied in real life. Indeed, this is true. Ethical actions are easy to act out since man already has the knowledge of what is good and bad. However, with the recent situation of the world, being ethical is getting harder and at times being ethical is easier said than done. A lot of issues these days instill doubts on people; thus, they do not know whether their act is ethically good or not. Before the course, I am also confused with certain issues and through this course, even the smallest unethical ones are revealed. One case is the actions with a double effect. I never knew that once an action has a good and bad effect, there are certain conditions that need to be considered. Through this subject, these confusions are more or less cleared and the big question is: with these things in mind, are we prepared to live it out in our daily lives? As persons who sought out self-fulfillment, we should keep to what’s ethical.
In light of this, the lessons from this course should not only remain theoretical but should be practiced. That is what ethics is: a practical course. Since man, in his nature, already knows the essence of ethics, this course serves to refresh to man the actions proper to his nature as well as help others attain self-fulfillment as well. Such lessons in life should not be forgotten: it is the way we all could develop for the good. In my opinion, that is how men would be able to flourish and with their flourishing, the community may prosper.