ETHICS in the 21st CENTURY: The Way It Is, and Why


Our complex culture has inexorably been redefining humanity in its own image.  It has gotten to the point where a progressive polity would modify our Constitution to be more in line with this redefined humanity—they would have the tail wag the dog.  (This very idea is unconstitutional.)

What’s happened was that we have over the course of time effectively subverted the historical process of our nation’s growth and development in the name of the way we’ve been led to believe that things are. The explosive growth of knowledge and technology has encouraged us to delegate the responsibility for progress to groups organized for the purpose.  In the process we have effectively signed over our own creativity, imagination and ingenuity to others, giving them permission to tell us what to think and accepting what they tell us as the way it is. Instead of sharing the load according to our ability to handle it, we have become caught up in self-interest, ignored our vital link with humanity. In the process we have drawn further from the principle, the reason for it all—to be, to live, to create, to become all that we can be—what humanity and life itself is all about. We have come to believe, perhaps even with good reason, that we cannot trust others to do the right thing, never even considering that others feel the same way about us. We forget that the vital connection includes more than shared interests and abilities. It includes, in fact, everything that makes us human, and it begins in truth.

And by allowing group relationships to displace the vital one in importance, we’ve allowed groups (including our society itself) to appropriate greater authority, and some members greater influence, than they are due. In this process, group rules have corrupted the basic ethical precepts of mankind upon which our hation was founded. Groups have written their own rules in order to accomplish their own ends, and these rules have found their way into law that may (and often does) misrepresent the relationship between the group and the individual. We have allowed, even encouraged, this to happen, and in the process we’ve subverted ethics in favor of law (group think) by assigning our own ethical responsibilities to groups that by definition cannot handle them. Instead of the representative government guaranteed by the Constitution, we have created a professional government with rights and privileges not available to those they are elected to represent.  The effect has been devastating on both levels that really matter: the individual and the whole of mankind.

“The very existence of government invites corruption since the governed, having granted certain powers to (government), are inevitably tempted to offer bribes and kickbacks to induce their governors to grant favors in their exercise of power.” (Michael E.C. Moss, letter to the Wall Street Journal, 4/11/13)

The ‘global community’ aspired to by many may be a worthy goal, but only by way of first principles and natural law. It is, in fact, the way things should be, but it is not possible under the aegis of a government (or governments) that takes liberties with truth (anyone needing examples of this either has not been paying attention or is in moral denial). Only an ethical and moral entity can achieve this goal. Such a government may be possible, but not under the current conditions resulting from servile deference to special interests. It is possible using a truly moderate approach. This in turn means a return to the original Constitutional premises of our nation (it is the purpose of the Constitution to moderate government) and, not incidentally, of humanity generally.

This process begins with truth and the primacy of the individual freedom guaranteed by our Constitution and implicit in natural law. It merely requires that all parties revert to the truth. Truth, ethics and morality are non-negotiable.  They are first principles, a foundation of humanity itself.

You are encouraged to refer to other blogs on this website dealing with ethical issues, ethical principles, ethical standards, political ethics, and others  for expansion on this subject.  The book, To Tell The Truth… covers it in some detail as well.

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