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

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

ETHICS and IMMIGRATION

Our current immigration policy is unethical.

Truth has no agenda

…believe it…

Our immigration system is structured to grant citizenship (or residency) status based on family reunification, needed work skills, or capital investment. It also covers refugees and those seeking asylum based on political persecution and provides as well a lottery for people who have less pressing immigration needs. The procedure for gaining legal immigrant status differs with, among other factors, the path a potential immigrant is eligible to pursue based on employment, education, or family situation. U.S. immigration laws also cover entry into the country for almost any other purpose, including temporary stays beyond a certain length of time.

The first thing to do is to control our borders and enforce current immigration laws

Immigration law is open to interpretation; however, it does provide enough qualifying criteria to be valuable. For instance, not every relative is eligible, and some spouses and children

ETHICS: A TALE OF TWO ETHICS

ETHICS ISSUES:  LIBERALISM, PROGRESSIVISM and The Rest

The study of ethics goes back at least to the birth of philosophy some 2500 years ago, with Socrates positing that ethical truth was not only rational but demonstrably absolute.  Plato expanded on this thought, and since then countless philosophers have put in their two cents worth with no visible damage to Socrates’s original conjecture.  Aristotle’s subsequent metaphysics defined ethics as “virtue as a means to happiness,” opening the door to scholastic conflict and beginning a long history of questioning just what is meant by happiness (and virtue, for that matter).  Truth, however, remains sacrosanct despite all assaults (and opinions).

forever

There’s nothing mysterious about it…

The rapid proliferation of newspapers, journals and literary salons in the 18th Century caused an explosion in mass communication that encouraged public venues where ideas, political and otherwise, could be discussed, developed and

ETHICS of the MIND

ETHICS ISSUES:  SCIENCE and the MIND

“Mind is the complex of cognitive faculties that enables consciousness, thinking, reasoning, perception, feeling and judgment…”  So says Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia.  Notice that the term is mind, not the mind.  Mind is not a physical thing, but instead a metaphysical ‘complex of faculties’ (abilities, capacities), a function of the brain and nervous system (things of substance).  While mind is not material, it still is. Without it we would be not.

Your mind is yours alone, working within your individual self.  It processes information that comes from without as well as what it itself generates, combining real and imagined data, random associations, unique experiences and every other input seen or unseen, heard or unheard, touched or untouched, smelled or unsmelled, tasted or not, to create an increasingly unique (metaphysical) structure. The process doesn’t follow a direct

ETHICS = TRUTH

ALL ABOUT ETHICS, ALL ABOUT TRUTH

Some of you may wonder what philosophers do. I can’t speak for others, but I’ll tell you what I do:  Mostly I try to solve the world’s problems by thinking about them in different ways.

truth

…What it’s all about

And we have a problem so massive and overpowering that many of us don’t even see it. It affects so many people and institutions so deeply that untold millions of us think that it’s the way things are.  We assume it as a necessary part of life, and live on a daily basis without even thinking about it.  Perhaps it’s even the way it should be.  But I don’t think so, and I think that you might agree.

Let me ask you something: How do you deal with someone you can’t trust?  Oh, I suppose you can on