HEALTH CARE – PART I

A REAL AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

The Donald promised to reform health care. Don’t look now, but the task is well underway.

How else to explain the virtual collapse of ‘the establishment’ as a non-politician expands his popularity with the ‘deplorables’ who elected him? Those same folks who came out of the woodwork to topple the political establishment by electing a populist who spoke directly to them and for their dissatisfaction with politics as usual?

Yes—the health-care hodge-podge is beginning to come together. Mr. Trump is making good on his promise, and a few others as well. Talk about a third-party movement; it could be under construction: a party that, if carefully cultivated, will change the face of Western civilization.

Believe it or else, the health-care dead-end has taken a right turn. What we’re seeing is a return to real politics not-as-usual. Ignore the media hype and behold discussions over a

ETHICS and RELIGION

Is religion ethical?

Ethics in Religion?

What follows uses as an example the Catholic Church, for no other reason than its author, once a practicing Catholic, is most familiar with it. The same probably could be said of other wealthy denominations—the Anglican Church, for instance…

We hear of churches losing membership and the difficulty of attracting men to the priesthood. We also hear about the poverty, hunger and squalor lived by millions in the Third World and yes, other places as well.

On the other hand, we know about the glory of “Rome” and the vast riches on display at the Vatican, and can only guess at the sumptuous lives of the papacy and its minions who have few to answer to except themselves. The resources of the hierarchy are virtually limitless, and still growing.

But the subject of this short essay is not the diminishing of one of the richest institutions on

ETHICS UNPLUGGED: The Basics

ETHICS IS:  UNIVERSAL MORAL PRINCIPLE
Ethics: doing what's right
It’s Time…

UNIVERSAL: Every time, Everywhere

MORAL: Pertaining to Rules of Right Conduct

PRINCIPLE: A Fundamental Truth

Universal Moral Principle – the right thing, anywhere, every time. so,  Being Ethical is:  Doing the Right Thing, Everywhere, Every Time.

What’s Right?

What’s Right is that which acts in the best interests of humanity

Ethics supports the good—ideal—life.  It’s that branch of philosophy dealing with what one ought to do.  What one ought to do is not determined by any one person, no matter how learned, wise or kind, nor would it be affected by circumstance. Ethics does not evolve—it does not change with the passing of time.  It’s a universal given, a first principle. There’s only one path to be followed in any case: that which is in accordance with personal responsibility to humanity. One ought to do

MAKING ETHICAL DECISIONS

PERSONAL ETHICS:

MAKING ETHICAL DECISIONS

ETHICAL DECISIONS

DOING THE RIGHT THING

Ethics is founded in truth; therefore, ethical decisions usually are a matter of simply adhering to the truth.  In fact, if truth is not an issue, the problem usually is not an ethical one but one concerning personal values, and your decision will be based on those values.  You and only you are responsible for that decision, so you must be sure that you are making a decision that you can live with.  Forever. If truth is at issue, then you are faced with making an ethical decision.  That decision requires that you handle the situation honestly, and endeavor to do no harm to not only the people involved but humanity generally. However, such a decision may require ‘whistle-blowing,’ so you may run the risk of offending others.  It’s important to remember that

The Science-Religion Dichotomy – NOT

ETHICAL ISSUES:  SCIENCE vs RELIGION

I write this as a career scientist of no particular religion who has had an undeniably spiritual personal experience—a peak experience as defined by Abraham Maslow—and as a philosopher.  I do not ask that you believe me (although it is certainly the truth).  I ask only that you read on because the subject is interesting.

The rapid advance of science in recent years has brought with it an increase in secularism and, not surprisingly, atheism.  However, it should be noted that while denouncing spirituality, atheism itself bears all the scripts of a religion (faith, belief, conviction, confidence, trust, reliance, devotion, dogma, doctrine).  Indeed, it makes for an extremely demanding one in that it’s entirely negative and has no particular guiding light other than the passion of those who would sponsor it.

The atheist presupposes (simplistically) that science deals in

ETHICS ISSUES: ETHICAL GUIDELINES

ETHICAL ISSUES: ETHICAL GUIDELINES

How are you fixed for ethics? Integrity, principle, probity, honesty: concepts that often are overlooked, taken for granted or disregarded in today’s hectic world. ‘Business ethics’ simply isn’t; It deals with values and morals—the way we think things are—and tends to be arbitrary. The real ETHICS we’re talking about is more fundamental and powerful than either business or even legal ethics. This, the real ethics, represents the way things should be.

Ethics. What is it? Well, it’s not the plural of ethic nor is it difficult to define. Think of ethics as truth, and morality as applied truth, better known as honesty.

Can you see how this differs from business ‘ethics?’ Ethics is not debatable. It doesn’t vary with the situation. Nor does it vary with the law. The law is a product of society and can be changed in accordance with society’s wishes. Ethics