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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…What it’s all about

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

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.”

YOUR ESSENCE: YOUR PERSONAL NOTHING-THAT-MATTERS

What follows is more from Chapter Nine of To Tell The Truth...

 

Earlier we said that some degree of maturity is necessary to make everything work.  In fact, what’s really necessary is some degree of other-than-physical development, an ongoing, never-ending, maturation process.    You have to continue growing even after you realize that you are expanding along with the universe itself.

John J. Goetz, in his research and writing in urban studies (1989, personal communication), has enumerated certain characteristics of mature individuals who continue to grow as human beings:

They do not always put themselves first;  

They relate well to others, and treat others as individuals;

They seek the ultimate well-being of others in addition to their own;

They realize their limited abilities and see value in a diversity of talents and backgrounds;

They are able to discern, to see past words

THE MEANING OF LIFE

Discovering the meaning of life has been philosophy’s raison d’ etre since time immemorial.  Following is a modest answer to this problem.  Please consider it in the spirit in which it is intended

A few initial conditions:

Time is unidirectional; it moves FROM the past INTO the future—there’s no going back;  Our lives are lived in terms of humanity; and,  Life MUST have a purpose.

All right then:

THE MEANING OF LIFE

Simply and finally, The meaning of life is living; (it’s purpose is creating).

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…What it’s all about

 

Living is nothing more than what we make of our being—our handling of what happens that affects us—it’s all one can do.  Our lives involve individual choice and are in constant flux.

The ABCs of living are:

Awareness (realization)

Acknowledgment (oneself, other individuals, humanity, and reality—what  is);

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