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The D-Paladin doctrine, adnoted

1. The categorical imperative extended:

„Act in such a way that you treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the person of any other, always at the same time as an end and never merely as a means to an end. (2nd Maxim)”

„In turn, accept unconditionally that the Maxim does not essentially define humanity, nor does it legitimize moral regression or moral retaliation if broken (Extension)”

I will respect my imperative towards humanity. If others fail to respect it, I will not think them less worthy of being treated with equal moral rigor, as a consequence of this moral imperative.
There is a corollary to this, tackling a rather popular quote: Do not allow yourself to make a priority of a person who does not make of you a priority – this is wrong. Imperatively, I should make of any person a priority based on my own moral systems only, without the expectation of an equally favoured position in theirs.

2. The duty:

„It is your duty to change humanity, both in your own person and in the person of any other, in such way as to willfully adher to clause 1. of the doctrine. It is equally your duty to not alter the essence of humanity, by any of the direct or indirect (collateral) means available to you. As a third and also equal facet of your duty, you shall pursue as prioritary any of the hypothetical imperatives, proper (in context) to clause 1. of the doctrine.”

I will strive to make myself and the other people moral, to respect their peers and be humble in their expectations and their own moral pursues.

Postulate: The essence of humanity is naturally moral; in its native shape, it always complies with clause 1. of the doctrine.

Therefore, to make people moral, there is no need to change their essence and any such alteration, as a consequence of my exploits, will result in a failure for me.

A hypothetical imperative is a maxim that is true in certain constraints, but cannot be made universal. Such a hypothetical imperative that is proper to clause 1. of the doctrine is preferable, if I am to eventually reach my goal, because it is tangible and immediate. Before you can make a thirsty man moral, you should give him water.

As a personal comment – the duty of a Paladin is a constant in his mind, a life philosphy. He will not harm, nor retaliate to harm. He will not ask himself when was the last time he saved a soul. He will ask God when He will give him the next chance.

3. Judgement and the system of values

„Neither clause 1. of the doctrine, nor any other imperative, absolute or hypothetical are a criterium for judgement. Humanity exists equally in all.
The paladin will not judge, nor enforce a system of values (defined as a classification of self truths and humanity based on criteria, as a result of judgement).”

Good and evil do not exist essentially. They belong to me first and foremost. As such, I will not perceive the others based on judgement. I was given sight, taste, hearing, smell, touch and heartbeat – and I was told they are honest and true. Therefore I will use them to perceive the others.


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