ETHICS and the PROGRESSIVE ETHIC

ETHICS and FIRST PRINCIPLES vs. the Progressive Ethic

The Declaration of Independence and Constitution are the basis of the law of our land.  They have served us well since the beginning and will continue to do so because they are based in First Principles.  Ethics is a first principle.

There’s nothing mysterious about it…

All right then—what are First Principles?   First Principles are what IS—everything else is based upon them; nothing exists without them.   They cannot be deduced, nor can anything be deduced without them.  In Latin: ab initio. They are what in mathematics are called axioms or postulates.  You may use givens.

TRUTH is s a first principle.  So are the EM (electromagnetic) Spectrum and Gravity.  TIME may also be included, as well as PERFECTION.  For us, EARTH is a first principle, as are

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).

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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: PRIVILEGES, VALUES and RULES

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: PRIVILEGES, VALUES and RULES

Society does not persuade us to be perfect, only to “go along to get along” for the good of the many. In fact, society and its laws persuade us to be alike, not unique, because it is easier to deal with, and regulate, similar entities.  It is within this framework, not ethics, that our society’s rules and laws are written:  just accept society’s values and obey its laws, and everyone will get along.

GROUP PRIVILEGES, VALUES and RULES

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…What it’s all about

Any society needs a system of rules within which its members can operate to the general benefit. These rules are founded

ETHICS: RIGHTS, PRIVILEGES and VALUES

ETHICS:  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 (?!) 
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…What it’s all about

PRIVILEGES

We’ve noted that in writing its laws, society necessarily employs definitions appropriate to its aims.  Just as with equality, it has in fact done exactly that with the word rights. The law tells us that we have, for instance, “the right to remain silent.”  But we already own that right (to speak or not to speak is a matter of individual choice) and certain others as well, independent of society and before its law.  Our rights as human beings are absolute–givens.  What society’s law bestows are more properly privileges.  Privileges, like any group

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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…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