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ETHICS, SPIRITUALITY, and the SUPERNATURAL

ETHICS, RELIGION, and SPIRITUALITY

[This piece was promised (in  http://www.extremeethics.org/?p=745 ) earlier.  Please refer to it.]

Why has religion been so dominant in the rise of man?   It was, until the Enlightenment called it into question and the ‘enlightened’ threw it under the bus and put their money on science.

In the first place: is religion valid?  Atheism says ‘no.’ Atheism is the belief that there are no deities to worship, one reason being that they cannot be proven.  However, atheism doesn’t necessarily deny a first cause (a cause is something that is NOT an effect).

There has to be a first cause, and whatever it was, it could not have been impossible (and as a first principle would have to be ethical). The evidence for a first cause by any name is all around us: the Universe–it’s here. That we are here is

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ETHICS BEYOND the MIND

ETHICS and A TALE OF TWO PHYSICS

It’s important to know up front that what follows has nothing whatsoever to do with religion (religions are institutions, which have agendas—we’re simply seeking truth).  It has to do with life, with being, with self, and therefore with ethics. We’re about to consider the very foundation for being itself—consciousness.

Which requires that we lose touch, literally, as well as the other four senses (sight, hearing, taste and smell).  We’re going beyond the physical into the metaphysical.  Until about a hundred years ago this was decidedly spooky territory.  It still is, but with the advent of quantum theory in the 1920s it’s become fertile ground for serious study.

To review: “Mind is the complex of cognitive faculties that enables consciousness, thinking, reasoning, perception, feeling and judgment…”  (Wikipedia).  Notice that mind is not a physical

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ETHICS: MORE ON CLIMATE CHANGE…

ETHICAL ISSUES:  CLIMATE CHANGE

Sometimes the answer to an important question is so obvious that it’s easily overlooked.  Think about this:

What’s so abundant that we hardly consider it as pivotal?  Try WATER.  Oceans cover more than 70% of the earth—the amount of water in the oceans is unfathomable (pun intended).  Water vapor is an integral part of the atmosphere—75% of all ‘greenhouse gases’–(think humidity,  clouds, rain, snow).   And the human body is largely water, as are the bodies of other animals (and plants as well).  Water is not merely necessary for living, it’s necessary for life to even exist.  It is an integral part of ALL living things and the earth generally.

Water exists in all three forms of matter—solid(ice), liquid(duh), and gas(water vapor) and as such is virtually indestructible, changing form easily within a temperature range tolerable by

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ETHICS and CLIMATE CHANGE II

ETHICAL ISSUES:  CLIMATE CHANGE

Yes, the earth’s climate is changing, and no, there’s no need for immediate panic.  That about sums up the current state of affairs re: global warming.

In the first place, personal experience suggests that the climate IS getting warmer, at least in the US.  I support that view because I’ve witnessed winters becoming somewhat milder over my 75 years of life on this planet.    But is there any reason to panic?  No.  The earth is in an interglacial stage, a perfectly natural phenomenon supported by the geological record.  That said:

The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) completed a controversial study a few years ago supporting the political drive to control carbon emissions, concluding that man is primarily responsible for the ‘global warming’ reportedly underway.  Soon afterward, it was found that the study was biased–far

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ETHICS: YES, WE REALLY NEED IT

ETHICS ISSUES: THE NEED for ETHICS

Ethics is about what’s right, good and true, and being ethical is all about ‘doing the right thing.’  Sounds simple enough—define ‘right’ properly and you’re well on your way.  Well, what is ‘right’?  What’s right for some may not be right for others. What’s right in one situation may not be right in another.  What’s right at one particular time may not be right at another.

The same goes for good. Being ethical is also about doing good.  Well, what is ‘good’?  What’s good for one may not be good for another, etcetera, etcetera.

But there’s hope.  What’s ethical must perforce be true, and here we have an anchor, for truth is not relative.    Truth is an—theoverarching principle, the first of first principles in fact, and as such is

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ETHICS and GROUPTHINK

ETHICAL ISSUES: COMMUNITY vs. GROUPS

It’s inevitable that we be involved with others and will both affect and be affected by them.  Each of us operates subjectively using our own five senses plus our intuition, instincts, insights and unique thoughts and reactions.  This makes each of us unique with respect to our personal interaction with the rest of the world, each of whom is as unique as we are.

While you are entitled to your interpretation of what’s happening, others are entitled to theirs, and chances are excellent that they won’t be the same as yours.  Given equal input, each individual may react differently and come to a different conclusion.  In other words, there will be virtually infinite combinations of actions along the line.

In the context of mankind, that’s no problem.  Humanity as an ethical whole will handle whatever its members throw its way.

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