The Ethical Value of Our Actions

From a Kantian perspective, the ethical value of our actions lies not in how we will be remembered, but in the motives behind those actions. According to Kant, it is our duty to act in accordance with moral principles that can be universally applied. Therefore, it is the intention and maxims behind our choices that determine their moral worth, rather than any external consequences such as how we may be remembered by others. To that end living a morally good life involves acting out of a sense of duty and respect for universal moral laws, rather than seeking recognition or remembrance from others.