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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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

PRESIDENT TRUMP FIGHTS BACK

AN ANONYMOUS CONTRIBUTION

I have no idea who wrote this about President Trump’s lack of decorum, dignity, and statesmanship.  It came to me via the internet through a friend.  It is presented here slightly edited and shortened:

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Friends often ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum. They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.”

We on the right have tried dignity.  There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency.

We tried statesmanship. Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain?

We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney?

And the results were always the same. This is because,

ETHICS and CONSERVATISM

ETHICAL ISSUES:  CONSERVATISM

Conservatism is not a political issue, nor is what follows intended to be a political statement.  It’s more basic than that.  The foundation for conservatism is history and original intent—a return to the basics, ethics being the most basic.  Anyone can do it.

There’s nothing mysterious about it…

Any society needs a system of rules within which its members can operate to the general benefit. These rules are founded in its values and articulated in its privileges.  The rules of all successful societies including our own begin in ethics and are adapted to the society’s needs and wishes.

Our own rules trace their origin to a paramount need for freedom.  Our laws are founded in a Declaration of Independence from our mother country and empowered by a Constitution written by individuals with a strong ethical and moral base “in order to form a more perfect union.”

ETHICAL ISSUES: PC and RACISM

ETHICS: RACISM AS POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

Racist!  An epithet guaranteed to raise hackles on both sides of the accusation.  Racism has come to mean ‘whites’ demeaning ‘blacks’ or other groups, a definition worthy of political correctness.

It’s common knowledge that 90-percent of ‘blacks’ voted for Barack Obama in 2012.  That bell-curve is skewed ‘way beyond any reasonable statistical degree of probability known to mankind.  Is it possible that blacks voted for Obama simply because he is black?  Of course it is, and that was clearly the case.  This is a classic example of racism, but is

it called such?  Of course not.  That would be politically incorrect.

The infamous OJ Simpson trial is another case in point.  Simpson was clearly guilty of murder—he admitted it—but was found innocent.  The verdict was racially motivated, another case of racism.  But it