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Consciences comes from knowing the self, and the actions we choose to adopt must come from our knowing where our own identity and moral code must break away from the socio-economic norms and morals imposed on us by others and the external world. This does not mean those actions that go against or break the social norms or morals will be right or wrong in their consequences. What it does mean, is that the only way to know the truth is to know yourself and the world around you, because only then do you have a basis upon which to draw a code of morality. In the face of a silent universe with no absolute answers, Arendt believes only examination of the self in relation to others leads to moral codes of behavior. Thus, the director must examine his own moral code of the self and in relation to other people across all these criteria for each potential ICU patient to be admitted.

Many would argue that ArendtĘs moral theory argues that we go around doing what we please, regardless of the consequences, because we have some higher moral knowledge that makes us know we are right. She is not. She is arguing that we are all alone in the world, and the moral code we choose to adopt cannot come from some absolute source. The only source any human can use to devise such a code is their own logic, thinking and experiences. Arendt argues that there is only thinking, or a lack of it, that affects the right or wrong of a humanĘs actions. From this view not all social


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