ETHICS and RESPONSIBILITY: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN

The following is excerpted from the book To Tell The Truth… Ethics Unwrapped.  We will continue to provide excerpts from the book in future posts.  In the meantime you may wish to read the entire book (?!) 

ETHICS and RESPONSIBILITY

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…What it’s all about

Now that we’ve settled the meaning of life, we can put the second question What do I do here and now (anywhere, any time)?  to rest as well:

You initiate, cause, develop, invent, produce, make, generate, beget, achieve, accomplish, devise, build, construct.  You endeavor to bring about what will extend, stretch or expand your (and therefore humanity’s) envelope. You continue to becomeYou create.  And in doing so honestly and responsibly, you further the progress of humanity.   Your power!

But don’t forget the other side of the coin–what responsibility!

And because we have

EQUALITY: ETHICS and the LAW

Equality: Ethics and the Law

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…What it’s all about

Our laws are supposed to advocate justice, and perhaps they do.  But examine the word just.  It implies honest, moral, fair and impartial, among other things, and while the law proclaims these virtues, it cannot always employ them. What positive law does is to ensure due process.  This means only that it must follow the rule of law, its own law, which may be whatever the society that makes it, wishes.  The law must make concessions in order to accomplish what it claims to seek—”the greatest good for the greatest number.” The law must judge.

The foregoing illustrates both the law’s ambiguity and its ethical status.  The law operates on legal, not ethical, principle.  This probably is as it should be.  After all, we can’t always operate on the

ETHICS: DEVELOPING a PHILOSOPHY for LIVING

The following is excerpted from the book To Tell The Truth… Ethics Unwrapped.  We will continue to provide excerpts from the book in future posts.  In the meantime you may wish to read the entire book (?!) 

DEVELOPING a PHILOSOPHY for LIVING

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…What it’s all about

A philosophy is nothing more than a set of principles for guidance in practical affairs.

Permanent solutions to mankind’s problem(s) are realized only in the context of life—the individual or his culture—not the group.  If we hope to solve the problems of life and living, we must work within the context of vital entities–humanity, community and ourselvesand not rely on institutions and groups.

The practice of philosophy has been defined as a means of thinking rationally and critically about fundamental questions of life; however, “thinking rationally” risks thinking scientifically.  Science has effectively appropriated the

ETHICS – the System of UNIVERSAL MORAL PRINCIPLE


The following is excerpted from the book To Tell The Truth… Ethics Unwrapped.  We will continue to provide excerpts from the book in future posts.  In the meantime you may wish to read the entire book (?!) 

ETHICS UNWRAPPED

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…What it’s all about

Ethics is the study of values (ideals; standards; principles).  Ethics has its roots in First Principles, the foremost being absolute truth— perfection.   The frustration of coming up with a good working definition using standard references increases in proportion to their number:

A branch of philosophy...” can bring us to a full stop without even considering the ambiguity of  “the study of the nature of morals(?) and of specific moral choices...” (whatever they may be).  “Rules of conduct” fails, because anyone could define his own rules of conduct according to his own standards, all

ETHICS ALIVE – THE WORLD IS CHANGING

ETHICS and the ECONOMY

[Much of what follows is by way of Walter Russell Mead and Tony Abbott (former Australian Prime Minister) in recent Opinion articles in The Wall Street Journal]
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ETHICS IS IMPORTANT!!!

American presidents since World War II have largely preserved the liberal internationalism of the times – until now.  Donald Trump is a revisionist who’s changing the approach of America to the global order, shifting it from the concept of ‘leading from behind’ employed by his predecessor to a more active role.  America now assumes a position of leadership even distinct from that of Ronald Reagan, a position that is shaking up both world and national politics.

Realizing that the Washington Swamp includes major media as well as both political parties, the president has taken to social media to communicate directly with the general population that supports him.  In this effort he has shaken

ARMAGEDDON

Worried about North Korea? Please don’t. The worst that could happen is too grim to contemplate. One can only assume that clearer heads will prevail because, if they don’t, the world will be too messy to clean up.

Let’s assume that China will prevail and ‘The North’ will be brought down to size. Let’s assume as well that Trump will mean what he says. So far he has. There are too many ways to stop North Korea in its tracks. All it takes is balls, and we finally have them.

Missiles can be fouled at their source; cyber warfare is real. The Mother of All Bombs has a family as well. ‘The North’ has been tolerated as far as possible. Now it’s pay-up time and, if that’s not done, Iran lies on the near horizon. One nuclear bomb is too much. It’s time to bring this arms race to