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,

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?

ETHICS ISSUES: IMMIGRATION

ETHICS and IMMIGRATION

Our nation has a system of constitutional law in effect, a system that would work well if only the laws already on the books were enforced.  Immigration is a current issue only because those laws were not and are not enforced; politics being the reason.  This is the fault of the federal government—not the border states (the problem being at its worst along the Mexican border).  If politicians did their job and truly represented those who voted them in, things would be better.  Politics is the problem, because politics is largely unethical.  That’s the way it is.  That’s the way we’ve made it.  That’s not the way it should be.

Citizenship is not a civil right.  It must be earned and there are enabling rules in place.  The system had worked for well over 100 years; millions of

ETHICS and MORALITY: PHILOSOPHY ONE

ETHICS and MORALITY

Ethics is one of several fields of philosophy, the thinking rationally and critically about fundamental questions.  A basic tool of philosophy is, famously, logic—the process of right reasoning.

Maybe the most basic philosophical question of all is: why is there anything?  This question is best answered by another: Who knows? which is enough to put philosophy on the shelf, a position often exacerbated by philosophers themselves—especially those with an agenda.  Philosophers love arguing with other philosophers, scaring off others who might make sense of it all.  The next few paragraphs illustrate why.  Stay with me here…

Philosophy incorporates three laws of thought, to wit: 1) Nothing can be and not be at the same time; 2) Something either is or is not; and 3) A thing is what it is (such as words, which simply describe what is).

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.

ETHICAL ISSUES: PC and RACISM

ETHICS: RACISM AS POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

Racist!  An epithet guaranteed to raise hackles on both sides of the accusation.  Its hallowed definition has come to mean ‘whites’ demeaning ‘blacks’ or other groups, a definition worthy of political correctness.

It’s common knowledge that 90-percant of ‘blacks’ voted for Barack Obama in 2012.  That bell-curve is skewed ‘way beyond any reasonable statistical degree of probability known to mankind.  Is it possible that blacks voted for Obama simply because he is black?  Of course it is, and that was clearly the case.  This is a classic example of racism, but is it called such?  Of course not.  That would be politically incorrect.

The infamous OJ Simpson trial is another case in point.  Simpson was clearly guilty of murder—he admitted it—but was found innocent.  The verdict was racially motivated, another case of racism.  But it is not politically correct to label it as such.  To do so would be ‘racist.’