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ETHICS ISSUES: ETHICAL GUIDELINES

December 1, 2016

ETHICAL ISSUES: ETHICAL GUIDELINES

How are you fixed for ethics? Integrity, principle, probity, honesty: concepts that often are overlooked, taken for granted or disregarded in today’s hectic world. ‘Business ethics’ simply isn’t; It deals with values and morals—the way we think things are—and tends to be arbitrary. The real ETHICS we’re talking about is more fundamental and powerful than either business or even legal ethics. This, the real ethics, represents the way things should be.

Ethics. What is it? Well, it’s not the plural of ethic nor is it difficult to define. Think of ethics as truth, and morality as applied truth, better known as honesty.

Can you see how this differs from business ‘ethics?’ Ethics is not debatable. It doesn’t vary with the situation. Nor does it vary with the law. The law is a product of society and can be changed in accordance with society’s wishes. Ethics

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THE MEANING OF LIFE

November 29, 2016

Discovering the meaning of life has been philosophy’s raison d’ etre since time immemorial.  Following is a modest answer to this problem.  Please consider it in the spirit in which it is intended

A few initial conditions:

Time is unidirectional; it moves FROM the past INTO the future—there’s no going back;  Our lives are lived in terms of humanity; and,  Life MUST have a purpose.

All right then:

THE MEANING OF LIFE

Simply and finally, The meaning of life is living; (it’s purpose is creating).

truth

…What it’s all about

 

Living is nothing more than what we make of our being—our handling of what happens that affects us—it’s all one can do.  Our lives involve individual choice and are in constant flux.

The ABCs of living are:

Acknowledging (oneself, other individuals, humanity, and reality—what  is);

Becoming (who you

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PROGRESSIVISM: an IMMEDIATE THREAT

November 27, 2016

PROGRESSIVISM – an IMMEDIATE ETHICAL THREAT

Turns out that those accusations regarding Hillary Clinton’s e-mail have proven valid.

A devastating case against a Clinton presidency emerges from a series of hacked eMails released by WikiLeaks and documents released under the Freedom of Information Act (not to mention accounts from FBI insiders).

ETHICS IS IMPORTANT!!!

ETHICS IS IMPORTANT!!!

 

Erika Rottenberg (former general counsel for LinkedIn) wrote in an eMail to Clinton staffers that none of the attorneys she knows “can understand how it was viewed as ok/secure/appropriate to use a private server for secure documents AND why Hillary took it upon herself to delete documents,” that it “smacks of acting above the law and the type of thing” that “gets people fired for, etc.”  A Clinton staffer fretted that “Everyone wants (Clinton) to apologize…and she should.”  Other staffers debated how to evade a (Congressional) subpoena of Clinton’s eMails three weeks before

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NO FREE WILL? Sorry, Sam…

ETHICS, FREE WILL and ATHEISM

Sam Harris says there’s no such thing as free will and very cleverly makes his case.  Sam Harris may be clever, but he is wrong.

Every human being who ever was, is or will be has unique fingerprints.  Every one of us is as different as a snowflake from every other one in spite of being cut from the same cloth as water vapor, the planets, constellations, black holes, you name it.  All of it is a direct result of the Big Bang, whereby all of this started from…nothing? (Sounds remarkably like creation to me…)

Science cannot and will not ever explain everything—especially itself—because science is a tool that relies on assumptions for its very being, a product of philosophy that requires philosophy to offer whatever explanation can be provided.  Physics is superseded by metaphysics after all.

The Big Bang

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THE PARETO PRINCIPLE and ETHICS in POLITICS

ETHICAL ISSUES:  POLITICS and the PARETO PRINCIPLE

The field of ethics has changed remarkably over the years.  In the 2000 years from Plato to The Enlightenment (was it really?), ethics (originally conceived in the political sense) was correctly identified with virtue. It seems that Plato (and Aristotle) had issues with politics even then.  Things haven’t changed much in the ensuing years.  To diverge, but not really…

The Pareto Principle, commonly known as the 80/20 rule, is an amazing ratio that holds true in most cases of all types (and this is not an exaggeration).  For example: 80% of the work is done by 20% of the people; 80% of the money is owned by 20% of the people; 20% of one’s effort generates 80% of the results; 20% of the defects cause 80% of the problems (and  20% of the work causes 80%

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A STUDY IN ETHICS – THE TRUMP VICTORY

November 18, 2016

AN ETHICAL VICTORY

Donald Trump’s run for the White House was an ethical victory.  Absolutely.

Ethics Wins The Day

Ethics Wins The Day

Why?  Well, truth defines ethics, and truth prevailed throughout.  Trump said he was going to win.  His way.  Despite the odds, he made good on his promise.  He won.  His way.  He won without the usual financial war chest.  He campaigned using his own money, spending FAR less than the competition—far less in fact than anyone else had spent in recent history.  He prevailed entirely in his own way, as he said he would, against all odds, and he did it honestly, calling it as he saw it from beginning to end. 

The Republican establishment was actively against him from the get-go; he was given no favors—quite the contrary.  The land mines were everywhere.  The opposition ridiculed him

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