ETHICAL ISSUES: ENLIGHTENMENT

ETHICS: A  PERSONAL ENLIGHTENMENT   (Part I)

About twenty years ago I experienced a life-changing epiphany.  What caused it I can’t say, but I know that it happened.  I was there, and my life since that time is witness to it.  The story’s in two parts, both from my book, To Tell The Truth… PART  I follows.  PART  II will come later.

I was in anything but a spiritual mode when I fell asleep one clear and moonless night in a Colorado B&B, but about 3AM  I shot bolt upright in bed shouting “It doesn’t matter!” loud enough to wake myself up.  The room was in white light—bright but not overpowering—and there were no shadows.  It was still dark outside.  Hard to imagine, but true.

Why I woke up just then or what didn’t matter wasn’t

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 and UNETHICS IN GOVERNMENT

ETHICAL ISSUES:  GOVERNMENT

We’ve chosen the non-word UNETHICS as the evil twin of ethics.  If unethical is a word, then unethics might be its valid parent.  If ethics (loosely, that which is right, good and true) is founded in truth, then unethics (conversely that which is wrong, bad and false) is founded in lies, i.e., Unethics = lies.  We need this word, so let’s use it…

One of the first things that comes to mind is the role of unethics in our government, where it’s evident from the top down.  Let’s start at the top, where it begins.

Lying to get elected has become an accepted political strategy endorsed by academia.  A Professor at the Chicago School of Business tells us that people lie because they are expected to lie–he calls it an “expectations trap.”  (This of course says as much

ETHICS ISSUES: Peak Experiences

ETHICAL ISSUES: THE PEAK EXPERIENCE

American psychologist and philosopher Abraham H. Maslow (1908-1970) coined this term to describe nonreligious quasi-mystical and mystical experiences.  Peak experiences are sudden intense feelings of well-being, and an awareness of “ultimate truth” and the essence of all things. Accompanying these experiences is a heightened sense of control over the body and emotions.

Maslow described peak experiences as self-validating, self-justifying; never negative, unpleasant or evil; disoriented in time and space; and accompanied by a loss of fear, anxiety, doubts, and inhibitions. Relative are those peak experiences in which there remains an awareness of subject and object, and which are extensions of the individual’s own experiences. Absolute experiences are characteristic of the mystical—timeless, spaceless, characterized by unity, in which the subject and object become one. These highest peaks include “feelings of limitless horizons opening up to the vision, the feeling of being simultaneously more powerful and

ETHICAL ISSUES: GLOBAL WARMING

ETHICS and GLOBAL WARMING

A (very) recent study by the United Kingdom’s Meteorological Office reports that “global warming has been virtually nonexistent for the last 16-years.”  The report states that prior to that time was a 16-year period when temperatures rose; and prior to that (a period of 32-years) temperatures were stable or declining for 40-years.  You don’t need to be told that these trends are as open to scrutiny as any others, but at least they’re not politically motivated.

What does this mean?

It certainly supports the GIGO  (Garbage In, Garbage Out) phenomenon of modeling  Models are no better than their inputs.  Existing models are necessarily incomplete–there are almost innumerable uncertainties that have significant effects on each other and the final output.  Carbon dioxide is only a minor component of the greenhouse gases that make life on earth possible (without

A Serious Thinker – Steve Jobs

ETHICS and ATHEISM

I wanted to share with you my response to today’s Wall Street Journal article “Steve Jobs: The Secular Prophet” by Mr. Andy Crouch (the letter was printed in slightly shortened form):

Andy Crouch‘s redoubtable article on Steve Jobs reminds us of the secularism ostensibly typical of our age.  But is it really?  Socrates, the Buddha and Emerson aside, secularism is a temporal concept denying religion and even spirituality.  Few serious thinkers, probably including Mr. Jobs, would deny an element of spirituality in man.  The evidence is abundant that we are more than mere physical machines, that there is an aspect of humanity—a vital ingredient—that transcends the temporal in some way.   If not some form of spirit, what?  It is not necessary to believe in an afterlife to appreciate that such a dimension exists in addition to the four that we can appreciate directly. Because we cannot articulate it fully does not negate it.