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,