ETHICS: RIGHTS, PRIVILEGES and VALUES

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: RIGHTS

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…What it’s all about

There’s nothing inherently wrong with group involvement in the advance of humanity.  To cover everything that must be dealt with, we share the load, and we do it rather well.  Each of us tends to specialize in what interests us most, and we each go about it in our own subjective way, just a little differently from the way someone else might do it.  We also share responsibility.  That we do this at all illustrates the innate wholeness of mankind, and that we do it as well as we do speaks volumes for the innate goodness of mankind.

EQUALITY: ETHICS and the LAW

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 (?!) 

EQUALITY: ETHICS and the LAW

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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

ETHICS and NATURAL LAW

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 (?!) 

THE LAW THAT MATTERS – NATURAL LAW

There’s a universal standard that must be upheld by each and every one of us because we’re interdependent.  This standard applies to humanity as well as to all groups whether or not they acknowledge, endorse or even know about it.  Like our lives, the sunrise and gravity, it’s a given.  It is integral with ethics, part of the system of universal moral principles, and it is implicit in our legal system. Natural Law puts the irrefutable law that matters on your side.

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Our civil and criminal laws are inventions to satisfy particular needs of

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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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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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

The Ethics of the Presidency

A recent letter to The Wall Street Journal, FYI

to the Editor:

Yes, Ms Noonan, “we have to do better” (Alabama Teaches America a Lesson, Dec 16-17).  But are we doing so badly with a hopelessly bipolar government where the losers can’t accept the fact that Trump defeated both sides of The Establishment BY HIMSELF to win the Presidency (meaning that he was [s]elected by a populist electorate)? He still is fighting both parties while leading through a major crisis (North Korea) and trying to govern with virtually no help (none at all from Democrats).  The economy is booming as never before and legislation is limping forward.  Consider the alternative: Hillary would be more-of-the-same-Obama, a lagging economy and much less global respect.

Why can’t we run a government instead of threatening to shut it down?  The answer is our bipolarity: Democrats refuse to participate at all,