In one day the average person makes many decisions; should I wake up now or press the snooze button, what should I wear today, what should I ear, should I take a shower? (please take a shower!) We just woke up but we already have our brains working on overdrive. These are all mundane decisions that we no longer think as important but some decisions are more important like should I study for a test today, should I get my car serviced, or should I get married? John Stuart Mills, a British philosopher, and know for is work on the philosophy of utilitarianism. Utilitarianism is judging whether an act is moral based on the consequences. Mills founded the principle of utility, that “actions are that actions are right to the extent that they promote happiness for anyone affected by them, and wrong to the extent that they promote unhappiness”.
Mills also implies, “that it is rate that an individual has the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the well-being of society”. Not many individuals have changed the world based on their actions. In Code Geass, Lelouch unites a crippled nation, defies a powerful empire. You can also see this in Death Note; Light Yagami becomes Kira - the harbinger of justice - and changes the world into a place where people fear to become criminals in case the wrath of Kira falls upon them and they suffer of a heart attack. Now this doesn’t just happen in fiction, real people have changed the world like Jesus, Muhammad, Martin Luther King Jr., and Thomas Edison to name a few.
Immanuel Kant, a modern philosopher, disagrees with Mills when he implies that, “good will is the only thing that is always good”. He goes on the say that even a clumsy person who cause more harm than good is moral if he has good intentions. He believes that it is not the consequences of your actions that make you moral but your intentions. The problem with that theory is that some people have good intentions but there wrongs are still immoral. Take Hitler for example, a fanatical radical who started a political movement to wipe out the “undesirables” of society like jews and gypsys. Anyone who stood in his way was considered “undesirable” and was sent to concentration camp to slowly die of either poisonous gas, cold, or starvation. He felt that, “As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice.” He believed that he was doing the right thing, fighting for truth and justice, but just because your intentions are good doesn’t mean that your actions were moral.
Lelouch had good will, he wanted to make the world a safer and gentler place for his sister and Light wanted to clean the world of criminals but the question is, are there actions moral? I believe that because of the consequences of there actions, causing pain and suffering while fighting, their actions were immoral. Even though I love Lelouch I have to say that his actions were immoral because of the suffering he caused to get what he wanted.