Every choice a person makes come with a result and a consequence after than, whether they are positive or negative. The problem is, in most cases, the consequences will hit so far in the future that the cause is practically divorced from the result. In 2015, when businessman Donald Trump announced his intention to run for the Republican presidential nomination, one of the pledges he made during his announcement was to construct “a great, great wall” running the length of the US border with Mexico. His wall proposal, symbolizing his position on immigration, has sparked heated debate. But it mainly concentrates on the wall’s economic feasibility, ethics and social consequences. Kant idea is based on human reason and not on the principle of utility or on the law of nature. Buddhist idea is basically karma which is the idea of “what goes around comes around”, whether it is negative or positive. After Donald Trump became president and started building the wall, the majority of people believe it’s will help the economy and the security of the U.S, but only a very few people have been talking about what it would mean for wildlife. If the wall negatively impacts the wildlife, there may be severe consequences in the future.
According to Kant, reasons determine what we are supposed to do and we are free when we follow them. Immanuel Kant argues that human reason what that determines morality, since the reasons are the sole determinants of what we are supposed to do or not do. He stated that we are free as long as we follow our reasoning and also goodwill is determined by values. President Trump believes that “The wall” will help the United States achieve some goals. “The wall” will prevent illegal immigration, which is estimated to cost the United States millions of dollars in lost income tax revenue. The government considered illegal immigration a strain for spending health, overburdening social welfare, and education programs . It will increase the homeland security by reducing the number of smugglers and illegal crossing. President Trump only follows his reasoning to “make America great again” but he doesn’t know the construction could cost billion of dollars and damage or destroy the wildlife. According the NBC news, the Wall would take more than three years to build and likely cost about $22 billions of dollars.” The Wall” divide the range of a small population of a species with a specialized habitat, leaving the majority of the population on one side and the others adrift such as some animals like jaguars,wolves, mountain lions, and bears. Cutting off animal populations could lead to a loss of local species – or even to speciation, the creation of new, distinct species as a result of populations being separated and it harder for animals to adapt to climate change. The president Trump decision will lead to more consequences or know as “karma” developed by Buddhist. Karma is defined as the effect of any act, religious or otherwise, it is the law of cause and effect which is created by his/her own action. The law of karma put the responsibility of his/her life on the individual. He may alter good or bad actions for good or bad in his future life, respectively. Building “the wall” maybe help the U.S in some ways, but the karma come with that will affect the environment at great cost.
I personally agree with Buddhist about the karma of the decision on building the wall of President Trump. Because looking at Kant, he argues that we should follow our reasoning since they will ensure we achieve total happiness. And most of our reasons are not logical. They are inevitable. We do what we think is right, but what we think is a culmination of everything we are. So I strongly believe that whatever goes around must ultimately come around to restore the balance or equilibrium, subject to modifications or corrections due to intervening perturbations.
In conclusion, I still have lots of things to learn so I don’t think Kant idea is wrong, but I will still agree in Buddhist karma. I believed more that Karma may simply be explained as the fruit of our deeds. In other terms is “you reap what you sow”. Karma means that the way we treat them or the way we behave with others determines what is going to happen in our life.