ETHICS and GROUPTHINK

ETHICAL ISSUES: COMMUNITY vs. GROUPS

It’s inevitable that we be involved with others and will both affect and be affected by them.  Each of us operates subjectively using our own five senses plus our intuition, instincts, insights and unique thoughts and reactions.  This makes each of us unique with respect to our personal interaction with the rest of the world, each of whom is as unique as we are.

While you are entitled to your interpretation of what’s happening, others are entitled to theirs, and chances are excellent that they won’t be the same as yours.  Given equal input, each individual may react differently and come to a different conclusion.  In other words, there will be virtually infinite combinations of actions along the line.

In the context of mankind, that’s no problem.  Humanity as an ethical whole will handle whatever its members throw its way.

ETHICS ISSUES: EDUCATION and MORALITY

ETHICS, EDUCATION, and MORALITY

The critical goal of education is, or should be, developing the individual to his maximum possible stature—to actualize his potential, his own identity and idiosyncratic values, and not just teaching him skills.  And this means every person, not just the elite.  It’s not happening.

In order to accomplish this goal, individuals must be allowed some degree of free choice in addition to the basics (“3 Rs”).  This means a necessary function of education is to discover and nurture the idiosyncratic characteristics of individuals.

Education can’t be values-free.  In addition to teaching skills it must include the opportunity and means to form individual values.   Spiritual and ethical values have a place in education; these are not dependent on any church or religion (nor do they in any violate the Constitutional separation of church and state).

A moral society requires ethical

THE ETHICS of FAITH

IS GOD?   ETHICS and the UNPROVEN

The atheist claims that God does not exist because He can’t be proven.  I offer an explanation, admittedly not proof, but posit that proof is not necessary.  We accept certain basic hypotheses that cannot be proven as fact.  Why not one more?

That we live on this earth is a fact, but that we are  physically connected to it is assumed to be proven fact.  It is not.   I refer of course to gravity, which is only a theory and not proven.

We know it by experience, and can even measure it, but we do so in terms of earth—not universally.  That it exists universally is known, but what and why it is remains unproven.  Yet we accept it unconditionally.  This is known as an act of faith.

ETHICS, SPIRITUALITY, and the SUPERNATURAL

ETHICS, RELIGION, and SPIRITUALITY

[This piece was promised (in  http://www.extremeethics.org/?p=745 ) earlier.  Please refer to it.]

Why has religion been so dominant in the rise of man?   It was, until the Enlightenment called it into question and the ‘enlightened’ threw it under the bus and put their money on science.

In the first place: is religion valid?  Atheism says ‘no.’ Atheism is the belief that there are no deities to worship, one reason being that they cannot be proven.  However, atheism doesn’t necessarily deny a first cause (a cause is something that is NOT an effect).

There has to be a first cause, and whatever it was, it could not have been impossible (and as a first principle would have to be ethical). The evidence for a first cause by any name is all around us: the Universe–it’s here. That we are here is