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

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 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).

truth

…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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NO FREE WILL? Sorry, Sam…

ETHICS, FREE WILL and ATHEISM

Sam Harris says there’s no such thing as free will and very cleverly makes his case.  Sam Harris may be clever, but he is wrong.

Every human being who ever was, is or will be has unique fingerprints.  Every one of us is as different as a snowflake from every other one in spite of being cut from the same cloth as water vapor, the planets, constellations, black holes, you name it.  All of it is a direct result of the Big Bang, whereby all of this started from…nothing? (Sounds remarkably like creation to me…)

Science cannot and will not ever explain everything—especially itself—because science is a tool that relies on assumptions for its very being, a product of philosophy that requires philosophy to offer whatever explanation can be provided.  Physics is superseded by metaphysics after all.

The Big Bang

THE ETHICS OF ACCEPTANCE: BELIEF

THE ETHICS OF ACCEPTANCE:  BELIEF, TRUST and FAITH

There’s an old story about Amos at his baptism.  After the first submersion he surfaces shouting, “I believe!  I believe!”  Coming up after the second dunking he sputters again, “I believe!  I believe!”  After the final immersion he’s asked:  “Just what do you believe, Amos?”   Amos:  “I believe you’re tryin’ to drown me!”

We all believe—have beliefs—call it trust or even faith.  You trust that you’ll be alive in the next instant, otherwise why bother surviving this one? The fact is that you believe it.  You go to sleep fully expecting–trusting–that you’ll wake up alive.  That takes faith.  If you thought you’d die during the night you probably wouldn’t be so ready to fall asleep.

But just what do you believe?  Well, you may as well believe

UNETHICS and LIES: CALLING A SPADE A SPADE

LIES and LYING:  CALLING A SPADE A SPADE

When a close friend or relative lies to you, chances are you’ll call him a liar.  But when a politician lies to you, you accept it as a matter of course because “they all do it.”  When have you seen politicians (from top to bottom) called liars when they’ve blatantly lied?  Rarely?  Ever?  If they were called liars in print or on TV, there’d be less of it.

Blame it on political correctness, or possibly “hurting their feelings,” or some other liberal (sorry, but it’s true) excuse.  Being direct has a way of making a point that lasts longer than the time to say it.

Politicians, from the top down, LIE to get elected (if you need proof of this, you’re living in some other universe).  Ergo, lying is acceptable in politics, where