In a uni'erse increasin' less black an' white an' enjoyin' more grey, I pause t'reflect on thar concept o'Christian Hedonism.

I have always appreciated ye more rigorously fashioned ethics o'Kant, an action be either right or wrong, all times all places in yonder uni'erse. 'un does not do ye right thin' out o'hope fer a reward, only o'ye duty that knowin' yonder right thin' t'do compels 'un t'do ye right thin'. Thar difficulty be discernin' or re'ealin' an actions’ inherent evil or righteousness. But thar be no room in his logic fer an ambiguous action – only t'certainty o'judgin' an act objecti'ely as right or wrong. Straightforward, an action either be or be not right. Our appetite fer a reward or a'ersion t'punishment be irrele'ant. Period.

Now I read about CS Lewis an' he shakes me up a little bit about somethin' I was certain – hedonism be a bad thin'. Lewis reflects on an objection t'Kant’s matter o'fact denial o'hedonism:

British writer C. S. Lewis, in an oft-quoted passage in his short piece “Ye Weight o'Glory,” likewise objects t'Kantian ethics:
If thar lurks in most modern minds thar notion that t'desire our own good an' t'earnestly hope fer thar enjoyment o'it be a bad thin', I suggest that this notion has crept in from Kant an' thar Stoics an' be no part o'yonder Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider yonder unblushin' promises o'reward an' t'staggerin' nature o't' rewards promised in yonder Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We be half-hearted creatures, foolin' around wi' grog an' sex an' ambition when infinite joy be offered us, like an ignorant child who wants t'go on makin' mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine wha' be meant by t'offer o'a holiday at t'sea. We be far too easily pleased.[2]

So, ought we do ye right thin' because thar be a reward, or not? Can it be both ways, do it because it be right An' do it because a reward be thar?

Why ought we do t'right thin'?

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