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 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

ETHICAL ISSUES: EDUCATION, SCIENCE & RELIGION

ETHICS and EDUCATION

The following is allegedly true:

The philosophy professor greets his new class with the statement:   “Let me explain the problem that science has with religion, and asks for a religious volunteer.

“So you’re a Christian, sir?”  The student answers “Yes, sir.”

And you believe in God?    Absolutely.

And that God is all-powerful and can do anything?    Yes. Of course.

Even heal a sick person, or relieve his pain?    Certainly.

Could you then tell me why he did not heal my brother, who died of cancer, even though he prayed to God to heal him?    No. I can’t.

Wouldn’t a good God have heeded his prayer?    I can’t answer for God, sir.

Well, then, is Satan good?    No, sir.

And where does Satan come from?

EDUCATION ISSUES: CREATION vs. EVOLUTION

EDUCATION – CREATION or EVOLUTION?

Are Creation and Evolution mutually exclusive?  I vote NO, and present the following in support of my thesis.

It’s been my purpose for the past several years to work toward justifying the physical world with the metaphysical (science with the spiritual).  Science being a child of philosophy, I believe that both are on parallel tracks that will link again when we finally know the truth. It’s my goal to fuse the two approaches insofar as possible while realizing that full spiritual understanding is out of my (or anyone else’s) range.  That said:

The Universe had to have a beginning, a cause (every effect has a cause).  Everything that is has to come from ‘somewhere’—have a beginning.

Creation says that there is a creator; Evolution says that it all ‘just happened’ after some initial event—say, the Big Bang.

Looking at the Big

ETHICAL ISSUES: THE BIBLE

ETHICS and the BIBLE

Young Earthers claim that the earth (the entire universe, in fact) is only about 6000 years old, a claim made on the strength of the Bible—specifically, the Book of Genesis.   This of course conflicts with massive geologic (and other) evidence showing the earth to be hundreds of millions of years old (with the universe at about 13.7 BILLION years).

Young earthers cite creation of the earth (and universe) on the basis of the account as recorded in Genesis according to which the earth was created in seven days, days as we know them today.  They do not believe that their seven ‘days’ may have been much longer periods of time as measured by another criterion.  They further explain the geologic record as observed in the earth’s lithosphere as being the record since Noah’s flood.

The first inconsistency in the Young Earth theory