ETHICS 102 – The WHY of Ethics

ETHICS IS: The sum of all fundamentals affecting right conduct in every case at all times.  


…What it’s all about

Ethicsa universal personal attribute, defines what is right, good and true.  It requires nothing other than yourself to approve or apply.  It’s an integral part of you that applies to the whole of humanity—in fact to Earth and the entire Universe—not just to you or any particular group.

Ethics, founded in truth, a First Principle, is also right and good.  And this is where the whole of humanity comes in because while truth is a given, good and right are not; therefore, the terms require clarification. 

But first, to put ethics in perspective, it is first necessary to define its foundation, TRUTH.  But therein lies a problem:  Fundamentals (like truth) cannot be perfectly defined. They must remain at



It’s natural…

Global warming is a fact.  Global cooling is a fact.  But global warming caused by man-made carbon dioxide is not a fact (a fact being absolute truth).  Earth’s conditions continue to change because of constant cosmological and geological functioning. The earth precesses (wobbles on its axis) and its poles shift.  Temperatures change.  Sunspots affect conditions on earth; recent studies show that the sun’s activity affects the formation of certain clouds (water vapor), which themselves affect climatic conditions.  Plate tectonics move entire continental masses, and sub-sea rifting and volcanoes affect ocean currents and temperatures world-wide.  Earth is not a static entity—it’s dynamic, constantly changing, and it’s big.   Conditions on earth and in its atmosphere change as well—they must.



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.”



Ethics being founded in truth, Islam is demonstrably unethical on its face. The Qur’an and its supporting documents deny the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus 9781627874267of Nazareth, claiming that He died a natural death at a much later date. Additionally, Islam denies the Christian Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In doing so, Islam denies the very foundations of Christianity, effectively nullifying it as a religion. It does this on the basis of convenient alterations to the Christian Bible made hundreds of years after the fact (early Seventh Century), claiming theirs to be the ‘genuine’ bible.

Regardless of one’s views concerning religions and their validity, the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth are historical fact, and may not be changed or dismissed as irrelevant. The denial of history is not only inexcusable, IT IS UNETHICAL. A few examples: According to Islam, Allah/God would



As a scientist and philosopher, I write to see what I think.  Here’s what I think, for what it’s worth.  You decide.

I’ve been trying to reconcile science with spirituality for some time now and found that it can’t be done from either end—it requires that we go up a level (to philosophy, their source).   I’m lucky to have had a peak experience in 1992, an unexpected but true enlightenment that set me on a promising track and caused me to write a book about ethics. Writing To Tell The Truth provided me with plenty of opportunity to “see what I think” and show that much of it is well-founded.    One of the things I’ve found is that we all have faith whether or not we want it or even admit to it.  Want an example?  We fall asleep at night fully expecting to wake up.  That’s faith.  Don’t believe it?  You don’t have to—it’s there anyway…

Faith is based in reason (not religion), and man is gifted with intellect that enables him to reason—it’s what identifies mankind.  Rationality provides us with the means to shape our individual destinies in accordance with the way we should live our lives, but we don’t always do this.  We forget that while we all create our own individual lives as we live them, we do not create nature.  That’s already been done—nature created us.  Witness the Universe and the living Earth of which we are a product.

Science dates the Universe at some 13.7 billion years, but in order for it to have happened, there had to be a cause.  Something (this something being the basis for many religions) had to precede it, even though we can’t identify it because it’s literally beyond our dimension—metaphysical rather than physical.  Our innate spirituality is given of this dynamis (a metaphysical term; science has no such concept).

I’ve often made the point that an effect can’t prove its cause, a result can’t prove its origin, a conclusion can’t confirm its grounds, an outcome can’t define its input nor can an end justify its means.  These are all ways of saying the same thing: that the answer to the origin of anything always lies outside of the thing itself (Gödel’s mathematically-proven Incompleteness Theorem).

I submit that Consciousness is that base, and Truth its manifestation.  Our intellect is a divine gift that we often accept without acknowledgment, perhaps because we tend to associate ‘divine’ with religion.  But religion isn’t a factor.  Truth precedes religions and even the universe, and intelligence is based in truth—a given available to you whenever you decide to use it–and the answer lies in the givens.


imagesCA67UIAUCLIMATE CHANGE IS A PERFECTLY NATURAL OCCURRENCE, and MAN IN ALL HIS ARROGANCE CANNOT CONTROL IT.  Earth is in an interglacial period (meaning it’s warming naturally).  Nature is adapting and will continue to adapt to it as it has for millennia.   It’s the system at work, and it’s a good thing, not bad. We need only act responsibly, relax, enjoy it and stop trying to change it because we can’t (another good thing).


It’s clear that Earth is a living planet, unique in our solar system, probably beyond.  Although born devoid of life, it seems to have created its own unique environment for it; it has remained alive since the advent of prokaryotic bacteria some 600Million years ago. That the geologic and biologic realms are interrelated is supported by the coevolution of organisms, climate and the earth’s crust as deduced from the geologic