What do you think of “duty” as a reason for action?
A lot of people think that you should do things because they are your duty- and legally this may be so in certain contexts- but in voluntary life, I think duty is a poor reason to act.
I think I must be wrong, but here’s my reasoning. Please pick holes in it.
Imaging there’s an elderly relative that needs your help. You have a moral duty to help them.
Is duty alone sufficient grounds for action?
Already I sound awful.
But if I was the elderly person, I wouldn’t want my younger relative acting out of duty!
Out of thanks, yes. Out of gratitude, yes. Out of loving concern, compassion, goodness, kindness… Any of these- fine!
Why does matter? I just think it does. Maybe if I needed the help I wouldn’t care about the motivation of the helper.
Should we act out of a sense of duty? (I feel myself wanting to say “of course we should”)
But I think willing volunteers are better than duty-bound conscripts.