Marissa is twenty-four years old, engaged, and a preschool teacher at a learning center. She always had thought of being a teacher but considered other jobs as well. Marissa believes in the moral value that every individual should be treated with respect and love. She also believes in the moral value of a team or group effort. Jenny is fifty-three years old, single and never married, and a telemarketer by day and a deli worker at night. Jenny’s moral commitment to animals is very strong. Marissa and Jenny are two different people, living two different lives however they have some similarities and differences about them. Marissa and Jenny both selected their occupations based on their moral values or commitments and financial obligations; although their age, reasoning, and attachment to their jobs differ.
“Values are especially relevant to moral functioning. For instance, in Rest et al.’s model of moral behavior, personal values pertain to the component of moral motivation, this affecting whether the individual is willing to take an action she or he has deemed to be right” (Juujarvi, Myyry and Pesso 414). Marissa and Jenny are share similar morals, however how they adapt them to their work differ. Marissa did not always want to be a teacher, after graduating high school she considered other types of work. After thinking and considering her moral values she selected her job based on her moral values which directly relate to child care and education. This decision for her seems to fit in perfectly with the definition of values stated earlier in this paragraph. Due to her job pairing up with her moral values she is able to have more motivation to work and enter with a clear mind.
Although, Jenny also selected her jobs based on her moral values, the jobs do not directly relate to her morals. Her moral values are to love and care for animals so she decided to do that as a job. However the job of being a veterinary assistant eventually went against her moral commitment at times when owners wanted to put their pets down, or she had to aid to injured animals that may have no hope. Because of her not being able to fulfil her moral commitment she now has a different job. Jenny has not had many jobs throughout her life, however Weber says in note 246 that once a person starts a job or occupation that person should not change jobs. That person needs to accept the occupation and remain with that occupation in order to stay truthful to God (Weber 183). According to Weber, Marissa is obedient to God because she only had one job; meanwhile Jenny would be considered not obedient to God due to her multiple jobs.
Through the “spirit” of capitalism, Weber says that ‘“time is money” and “credit is money”’ (Weber 9). I believe that Marissa follows in the spirit of capitalism, especially though the way that she works. Marissa works in order to pay off the debt that she has through student loans. She understands that it may not have been the best thing to do,...