ETHICS ISSUES: POLITICAL CORRECTNESS and RACE

ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS of Political Correctness

Racial profiling?  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 only 13% of the national population, yet in

ETHICS ISSUES: CLIMATE CHANGE

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).  http://www.extremeethics.org/?p=708

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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

ETHICS and THE TRUTH ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE – One More Time

THE TRUTH ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE

imagesCAQHFTNPThe evidence against significant ‘global warming’ due to mankind’s activities is beginning to get overwhelming.  Why?  Because the agency that started it all back in 2007 (IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, on which AlGore based his convenient lie) is revising their earlier predictions.  Seems they “dramatically overemphasized the impact of anthropogenic (man-made) climate change.”  (How many times have we told you this?)  A new report will reconcile the incorrect measurements used to calculate temperature changes in its previous reports.

This revelation follows new (overwhelming) evidence of global cooling with an increase in polar pack ice and a concomitant increase in sea ice.  Reports Climate Depot’s Marc Morano: “As a long observer of the (IPCC/AlGore) global weather movement, I can say that the events of 2013 (have) been one of the most devastating to the movement. 

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

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: POLITICS and POLITICAL ETHICS

ETHICS, POLITICS, and TRUTH

After 2500 years politics is still in need of virtuous men.  From Plato to The Enlightenment, ethics (originally conceived in the political sense) was correctly identified with virtue. It seems that Plato (and Aristotle) had issues with politicians even then.  Things haven’t changed much in the ensuing years.  The aforementioned ‘enlightened’ have slowly eroded the original idea of virtue to the point where tradition itself was thrown under the bus and the very idea of ethics became increasingly incoherent.  Today, a ‘nice’ person with ‘good intentions’ may believe himself ethical.  Know this: Making it easier to be ethical by changing the definition of ethics is fraudulent and unethical in itself.

Since the beginning, truth remains the root of ethics.  ‘Good intentions’ do not necessarily lead to ethical decisions. Ethics is not about feeling or even doing—it’s about being,