The Bucket List Reaction Paper

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Kristin Villavicencio
Idea Critique #1
Phil-1113 Bond Love
22 Oct 2012

“You know, the ancient Egyptians had a beautiful belief about death. When their souls go to the entrance to heaven, the guards asked two questions. Their answers determined whether they were able to enter or not. Have you found joy in your life? Has your life brought joy to others.” This quote came from Carter Chambers, played by Morgan Freeman in the movie “The Bucket List.” The Bucket List is a movie about two men who meet in the cancer ward and are roommates. Both men form an unlikely friendship as they come from different walks of life. One is a very wealthy man, the other, a mechanic who worked his whole life to support his family. They are both
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At the beginning of the movie, all Edward had was his corporation, money and personal assistant. Those things were not what made him happy, but finally by fulfilling Carter’s last wishes he was able to find the joy he had never seen beyond his wealth. The same joy Carter had his whole life, living with very little other than a family who loved him and he loved as well.
This movie touches very much on ethics and the meaning of life. There is also a correlation with this movie and Socrates quote “the unexamined life is not worth living.” This quote goes well with the plot of the movie in the fact that both men still had a lot of learning to do before they passed away. Edward needed to learn the value of relationships and how to find joy in things that did not require money. Where as Carter had not lived a life beyond being a mechanic and being a husband and father and so therefore his life could also be viewed as unexamined as well. In the end, they both were able to find the meaning of life.
The quote also can be viewed also as a form of utilitarianism. When Carter asks if his life has brought joy to others this could be viewed as utilitarian in the fact that finding joy in your own life is just as important as others finding joy in your life. What have you done not only for yourself but for the joy of others? What in your life might generate the greatest net good for the greatest number of people?

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