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 and POLITICAL CORRECTNESS – RACE

RACIAL PROFILING:  IS RACE AN ISSUE?  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 about 13% of the national population, yet in

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: 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

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