By Maya Angelou
During this attractive, deeply relocating poem, Maya Angelou evokes us to embody the peace and promise of Christmas, in order that wish and love can once more remove darkness from our vacation trips and the realm. "Angels and Mortals, Believers and Nonbelievers, glance heavenward," she writes, "and converse the notice aloud. Peace."
Read through the poet on the lighting fixtures of the nationwide Christmas Tree on the White condo on December 1, 2005, Maya Angelou's get together of the "Glad Season" is a radiant confirmation of the goodness of existence and a stunning vacation present for individuals of all faiths.
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But would not the prospect of death be just the sort of 'excessive risk' (114) to suggest the need for some exemption dause such that the failure to take that risk would not constitute the violation of any principles of right? After all, Rawls defines 'supererogatory acts' as acts that 'are not required, though normally they would be were it not for the loss or risk involved for the agent himself' (117). And he distinguishes between 'the sense of justice' and 'the love of mankind' by saying that 'the latter is supererogatory, going beyond the moral requirements and not invoking the exemptions which the principles of natural duty and obligation allow' (476).
One might say that like those in the original position this man is willing to act 'just1y' but is not prepared to abandon his primary interest - his interest in automobile engines. But as Rawls says, this is just how one would expect it to be 'where questions of justice arise' (129). This man will share the public conception of justice and will be willing to act on it. After all, if we do assurne that there are exemption clauses or provisos written into all principles of duty and obligation so as to allow for 'reasonable self-interest' he can imagine 44 An AudienceJor Moral Philosophy?
Finally, it should be noted, as a sixth element in the description of the original position, that because Rawls assumes 'strict compliance' the parties 'will not enter into agreements they know they cannot keep, or can do so only with great difficulty' (145) . Rawls writes: Along with other considerations, they count the strains of commitment. Thus in assessing conceptions of justice the persons in the original position are to assume that the one they adopt will be strictly complied with. The consequences of their agreement are to be worked out on this basis.