ETHICAL ISSUES: SPIRITUALITY vs. RELIGION

ETHICS and SPIRITUALITY:  Is religion necessary?

IS GOD?

We know there’s a Universe because we’re indelibly written into it.  But where did it come from?  What caused it?  There had to be a cause for there to be the Universe (effect) that gives us life.  What could it be?

“The stuff of religious philosophy…(is) no more or less than assigning (whatever heralded) the universe to some power, potential or what-have-you that precedes and pervades our world.  This singularity is universally continuous from mankind’s point of view–a given.  It was, is, and as far as we can know, will be—ageless, dateless, timeless, eternal, immortal, all-being and unproveable.  http://www.extremeethics.org/?p=727

What does this mean?  And how do we handle it (because we really can’t continue to ignore it)?  Early religions handled it by assigning this dynamis to a being they called

ETHICS ISSUES: EXTINCTION vs EVOLUTION

EXTINCTION AS A NECESSARY FUNCTION OF EVOLUTION

Those who bemoan the extinction of animals such as the hairy mammoth (probably brought about by the Clovis people eons ago) fail to appreciate that they may have been hunted out of necessity, but certainly not for sport.  It was the hairy mammoth (and other now-extinct species) that fed the populations of their times.   In other words, if the mammoth disappeared, it could be because it was consumed of necessity by the populace.  It certainly did not disappear because of the smoke from their campfires.

More recently the Maori and aborigines hunted to distinction certain species out of necessity.  Perhaps many extinct species disappeared because they had outlived their usefulness.

Those who would revive extinct species would seem to be proceeding counter to the evolutionary process rather than allowing it to function.  Taken to the extreme, their

ETHICS ISSUES: TRUST

TRUST and the ETHICAL NORM

Whom do you trust?  Your neighbor, your mechanic, your doctor, your attorney, your hairdresser?  Maybe government?  Politicians?  The media?  How about yourself?  Think about it.  And think about lying. Can you trust politicians who say one thing and do another (a government that lies)?  Or those who promise one thing yet do another—in other words, out-and-out lie to you?  Or media that slant their message in favor of their agenda, report only one side of the story, ignore important news that ought to be reported, and yes—outright lie both in print and to your face on television?  If you need examples of these (bipartisan) failings, you’re seriously out of touch—they happen every day, over and over again, in plain sight, and you know it. Lying is rampant to the point

ETHICS in GOVERNMENT

IS OUR GOVERNMENT ETHICAL? TRUSTWORTHY?

You decide…

Barack Obama came out of nowhere to campaign for (and win) the Presidency on the strength of promises made and a talent for rhetoric.  His qualifications for the position were minimal, (a matter of record), but apparently America was ready for a black President and gave him a pass on that basis.  About 90% of blacks voted for him.  So did many whites—racial discrimination was not a factor (remember, only about 13-percent of the population is black).  It was noted that “…47 percent of the people…will vote for (him), no matter what …(They) pay no income tax,  are dependent upon government…(and) believe the government has a responsibility to care for them…(and) that they are entitled to health care, food, and housing.”  Robbing Peter to pay Paul will always get the enthusiastic support of Paul.

The President was

ETHICS and POLITICAL CORRECTNESS – RACE

RACIAL PROFILING:  IS RACE AN ISSUE?  YOU DECIDE…

The following statements, many of them courtesy of Jason Riley of the Wall Street Journal (July 16, 2013), are true and can be corroborated by even the most cursory of research.

This from the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior in 1961:  “…Negroes are 10% of the population of St. Louis and are responsible for 58% of its crimes…We’ve got to face that…We know that there are many things wrong in the white world, but there are many things wrong in the black world, too…There are things that we must do for ourselves.”

Dr. King’s statement makes a divisive reference to ‘white world’ and ‘black world,thereby providing a perfect segue into the following (ethical, if not politically-correct) statements based on race:

Blacks still represent about 13% of the national population, yet in

ETHICS ISSUES: GOVERNMENT and ENVIRONMENT

ENVIRONMENT:  NOT YET READY FOR ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Waiting for wind power?  Don’t, because it’s not going to happen.  So far we’ve subsidized wind power research to the tune of $24BILLION, and have not yet replaced one conventional power plant with the technology.  Nor will we.  One reason may be that it would take an area of 300 square miles (THAT’S SEVENTY-TWO THOUSAND ACRES) to equal the electricity produced by one conventional plant on only a few hundred acres.  Of course this would have to be built where the wind blows.  Then of course wind generators only work about 30% of the time, and their maintenance is VERY expensive.  And then the power must be transported/distributed to where it’s needed by an infrastructure of expensive and ugly towers/wire, all the while making noise that you wouldn’t believe, killing birds at a rate