The first thing that must be understood in the interpretation of Appiah’s quote is that each and everyone have an ethical task which is personal. The ethical task is reliant of being a rational agent – someone that is capable of self-thought and reasoning. Thus, ethics for Appiah is built on the assumption that human beings are self-determinate and rational beings. As a rational agent, we are all expected to “construct a life” that is good. Although it should be noted that Appiah did not mention the fact that being a rational agent automatically makes a person construct a life that will go well. The best thing a rational agent can do is to “try” to construct a life that will go well. This quote is a prescriptive as it recommends the purpose of ethics.