It is a struggle to maintain psychic equilibrium in
a culture that demands submission to the laws of social intercourse but
refuses to ground those laws in a logical and universally rational code of
"It should be pointed out that considerable moral,
intellectual, and practical advantages can be gleaned from an understanding of
the ponerogenic processes thanks to
the naturalistic objectivity required. The long-term heritage of ethical
questions is thereby not destroyed; quite the contrary, it is reinforced, since
modern scientific methods confirm the basic values of moral teachings." -
Andrew M. Lobaczewski
"The whole of ethics rests upon the same
foundation. For men find that they best promote their own interests in the long
run not merely by refraining from injury to their fellows, but by cooperating
with them. Social cooperation
is the foremost means by which the majority of
us attain most of our ends. It is on the implicit if not the explicit
recognition of this that our codes of morals, our rules of conduct, are
ultimately based. "Justice" itself consists
in observance of the rules or principles that do most, in the long run, to
preserve and promote social
cooperation." - Henry Hazlitt
Ethics is defined
A set of
principles defining correct behavior and duty within the social
study of the cultural sets of principles, values and rules that define correct
behavior and duty within the social group.
Fundamental moral issues,
such as peace,
the healing of the
sick and the alleviation of
poverty, are traditionally the core
values of the followers of Christ.
The espousal of these issues may be
considered by some as a political platform statement.
It is a political platform
statement for an Eternal Soul that intends to follow in the footsteps of Jesus
rules of conduct
"The need of adhering inflexibly to general rules
of conduct is plain. Even the qualifications to rules must be drawn according
to general rules of conduct. An "exception" to a rule of conduct must not be
capricious, but itself capable of being stated as a rule, capable of being made
part of a rule, of being embodied in a rule. The great principle that
David Hume discovered and framed was that,
while conduct should be judged by its "utility," that is, by its consequences,
by its tendency to promote happiness and well-being, it is not specific acts
that should be so judged, but general rules of conduct. " - Henry
Hazlitt"It seems at first sight a very rational way of
testing any proposed rule of conduct is to ask - How will it work? Taking men
as we know them, and institutions as they are, what will result from carrying
such a theory into practice? This
very common-sense style of
inquiry is that by which most opinions on morals and politics are formed.
People consider of any system, whether it seems feasible, whether it will
square with this or the other social arrangement, whether it fits what they see
of human nature. They have got certain
notions of what man is, and what society must be; and their
verdict on any ethical doctrine depends upon its accordance or discordance with
If moral systems are adopted or condemned, because of their
consistency or inconsistency, with what we know of men and things, then it is taken for granted that
men and things will ever be as they
And yet we know human
nature to be infinitely variable.
Unable as the imperfect man may be to fulfil the
perfect law, there is no other law for him. One
right course only is open; and he must either follow that or take the
conditions of existence will
not bend before his perversity; nor relax in consideration of his weakness.
Neither, when they are broken, may any exception from penalties be
Confounded by the multiplied
and ever-new aspects of human affairs, it is not perhaps surprising that
men should fail duly to
recognize the systematic character of the
natural moral order.
in the moral as in the material world, accumulated evidence is gradually
generating the conviction, that events
are wrought out in a certain inevitable way by unchanging forces.
In all ages there has been some glimmering
perception of this
truth; and experience is ever giving to that
Indeed even now all men do,
in one mode or other, testify of such a faith.
creed is an assertion of it.
What are the moral codes of the
Buddhist, but so many
acknowledgments of the inseparable connection between conduct and its results?
Do they not all say you
shall not do this, and this, because they will produce evil; and you
shall do that and that, because they will produce good? We imply
such a faith, too, in our every day conversations; in our maxims and precepts,
in our education of children, in our advice to friends. In
judging men and things we instinctively refer them to some
standard of ascertained principles. We predict
good or evil of this or the
other scheme, because of its accordance or discordance with certain
social laws of life.
Surely, then, if all believe in the persistency of these secondary
laws, much more should they believe in the persistency of those
primary ones, which underlie human
existence, and out of which our every day truths grow. Either society has laws,
or it has not. If it has not, there can be no order, no certainty, no system in
its phenomena. If it has,
then are they like the other laws
of the universe - sure, inflexible, ever active, and having no
important is it, that we should ascertain what these
laws are; and having
ascertained, implicitly obey them!
If they really exist, then only by submission to them can anything
permanently suceed. Just in so far as it complies with the principles of moral
equilibrium can it stand. Our social
edifice may be constructed with all possible labour and ingenuity, and be
strongly cramped together with cunningly-devised enactments, but if there be
no rectitude in its component
partsif it is not built on upright principles, it will
assuredly tumble to pieces. As well might we seek to light a fire with ice, feed cattle on stones, hang
our hats on cobwebs, or otherwise disregard the
physical laws of the world,
as go contrary to its equally imperative ethical laws.
Yes, but there are
exceptions, say you. We cannot always be strictly guided by
abstract principles. Prudential
considerations must have some weight. It is necessary to use a little
Very specious, no doubt, are your reasons for advocating this or
the other exception. But rest satisfied that they are not more complete
impossibilities than are your proposed exceptions, which similarly conflict
with the essential social laws of
One breach of moral
law leaves a gap for numberless subsequent trespasses. If the first false
move has been taken with seeming impunity, it will inevitably be followed by
others. Schoolboy promises of"only this once" are not to be believed.
Make a hole through a principle to admit a solitary exception, and, on one
pretence or other, so many other exceptions will by and by be thrust through
after it, as to render the principle utterly good-for-nothing. In fact, if its
consequences are closely traced, this same
plea for licence in special cases turns out
to be the source of nearly all the evils that afflict us. Almost every wrong
doing is excused by the evil doer on this ground. The evil doer confesses his
act is at variance with the moral law,
which he admits to be, and in some sort believes to be, the best guide. The
evil doer thinks, however, that his interest requires him now and then to make
All men do this; and see the
The evil doer is laying claim to a perfect
knowledge of man, of society, of institutions, of events, of all
the complex, ever-varying phenomena of human existence;
and to a grasp of mind that
can infer from these how things will go in the future. In short, he is assuming that omniscience,
which is requisite for the successful carrying out of such a system. Any
departure from principle to escape some anticipated evil, is a return to the
proved errors of
expediency. And it is yet further
enforced by the reflection, that to think we can better ourselves by deserting
the road marked out for us, is an impious
assumption of more than divine omniscience.
the foolishness of such conduct
needs illustrating by facts, there are plenty at hand. The constant
failure of schemes devised without consulting
ethical principles has been already
exemplified. Let us now, however, take a few cases specially applying to the
present point - cases in which benefit has been sought by going in palpable
opposition to those principles - cases in which men, dissatisfied with the road
whose finger-post declares that
"Honesty is the best policy," have diverged into the byways of
injustice, in the
hope of more readily attaining their
The enslavement of the
negroes serves as a good example. Nothing could have seemed more conclusive
than the reasoning of unscrupulous colonists on this
matter. Here were rich
soils, a splendid climate, and a large
market for the sale of produce. Now,
could but a sufficiency of labourers be imported and
reduced to servitude, what profit they
would bring to their possessors! Maintained at a cheap rate; made to work hard,
and to keep long at it, what a surplus would they not create! Here was a mine
of wealth! Well: the planters acted out their thought - did that which, although it might
not be just, was apparently "the best policy," so far as they were concerned.
Their golden visions have been
far from realized however.
Slave countries are comparatively
poverty stricken all over the Earth.
The southern states of America are far behind their northern neighbours in
prosperity and are in process of
abandoning slavery one after another,
in consequence of its ruinous results. Somehow
the scheme has not answered as was expected. Though worked in some cases
sixteen hours out of the twenty-four; though supported on "a pint of flour and
one salt herring per day;" though kept to his work by whips, yet did not the
slave bring to his owner the large
profit calculated upon. Indeed it has turned out that, under like
circumstances, wage labor is much
And then, besides the disappointment, there came results
that were never looked for. Slavery
brought in its train the multiplied curses of a diseased social state; a reign
of mutual hatred and
terror; of universal demoralization; of
sin-begotten recklessness; of extravagant
expenditure; of bad cultivation, exhausted soils, mortgaged estates, bankruptcy, beggary.
After all, the moral law would have
been the safest guide.
Let us remember also, the failure of those attempts to profit at the expense of our
American colonies; and the disastrous results to which they led. Our governors
thought it would be highly beneficial to the mother country, if the colonies
were constrained to become her customers; and in pursuance of this conclusion,
not only prohibited the settlers from purchasing certain goods from any other
country than England, but actually denied them the right to make those goods
for themselves! As usual the manuvre proved worse than abortive. Nay,
indeed, that outlay was wholly thrown away, and worse than thrown away; for it
turns out that artificial trades so obtained entail loss upon both parties.
Then too came the punishment, the
resistance of the settlers, the war of
independence, and the hundred and odd millions added to our national
What an astounding
illustration of the defeat of dishonesty
by the eternal
laws of right conduct we have in the
history of the East India
Company! Selfish, unscrupulous, worldly-wise in policy, and with unlimited
force to back it, this oligarchy, year by year, perseveringly carried out its
schemes of aggrandisement. It
subjugated province upon province; it laid one prince after another under
tribute; it made exorbitant demands upon adjacent
rulers, and construed refusal into a
pretext for aggression; it became sole proprietor of the
land, claiming nearly one-half the
produce as rent; and it entirely
commerce: thus uniting in itself the
character of conqueror, ruler, landowner,
and merchant. With all these resources, what could it be but prosperous? From
the spoils of victorious war, the rent of millions of acres, the tribute of
dependent monarchs, the profits of an exclusive trade, what untold wealth must
have poured in upon it! what revenues! what a bursting exchequer! Alas! the
Company is some 50,000,000l. in
These are but a
few samples from a universal experience.
If diligently traced, the results of
abandoning the ethical to pursue the expedient will uniformly be found to end
are insane enough to think that they may safely violate fundamental
laws of right conduct,
may read in such defeats and
disasters their own fate.
Let them but inquire, and they will find
that each petty evil, each great catastrophe, is in some way or other a
sequence of injustice.
this commentary on the moral code -
this history as we call it - men for ever read
in vain! Poring with microscopic eye over the
symbols in which it is written, they are
heedless of the great facts expressed by them. Instead of collecting evidence
bearing upon the all-important question - What are the laws that determine
national success or failure, stability or revolution? -
they gossip about state intrigues, sieges and battles, court scandal, the
crimes of nobles, the quarrels of parties, the births, deaths, and marriages of
kings, and other like trifles.
Minutiæ, pettifogging details, the vanity and frippery of bygone
times, the mere decorations of the web of existence, they examine,
analyze, and learnedly descant upon; yet
are blind to those stern
realities which each age shrouds in its superficial tissue of events -
those terrible truths which
glare out upon us from the gloom of the past.
From the successive
strata of our historical deposits, they diligently gather all the
highly-coloured fragments, pounce upon everything that is curious and
sparkling, and chuckle like children over their glittering
acquisitions; meanwhile the rich
veins of wisdom that ramify amidst this worthless debris, lie utterly
But why all this laboured examination
into the propriety, or impropriety, of making exceptions to an ascertained
The very question
For what does a man really
mean by saying of a thing that it is "theoretically just," or "true in principle," or
Simply that it accords with what he, in some
way or other, perceives to be the
established arrangements of natural
admits that an act is "theoretically just," he admits it to be that which, in
strict duty, should be done.
in principle," he means in harmony with the conduct
decreed for us.
course which he calls "abstractedly
correct," he believes to be the appointed way to
There is no escape. The expressions mean this, or they
that such and such are the true roads to happiness, he opines that he desire
To the Creator's silent
admonishment - commit only moral acts;
he replies that, all things considered,
he thinks he can do better!
This is the real infidelity; the true
to doubt the foresight and efficiency of the
natural moral order along with
presumption to suppose a
human judgement less fallible!
If there be
any weight in the considerations above set forth, then, no matter how seemingly
inexpedient, dangerous, injurious even, may be the course which morality points
out as "abstractedly right," the
highest wisdom is in perfect and fearless
submission to the
natural moral order." - Herbert
"Our continual observations upon the conduct of
others insensibly lead us to form to ourselves certain general rules concerning
what is fit and proper either to be done or avoided. The regard to those
general rules of conduct is what is properly called a sense of duty, a
principle of the greatest consequence in human life, and the only principle by
which the bulk of mankind are capable of directing their actions. Without this
sacred regard to general rules, there is no man whose conduct can be much
depended upon. It is this which constitutes the most essential difference
between a man of principle and honor, and
a worthless fellow. The one adheres on all occasions steadily and resolutely to
his maxims, and preserves through the whole of his life one even tenor of
conduct. The other acts variously and accidently, as humor, inclination, or
interest chance to be uppermost. Upon the tolerable observance of these duties
[ justice, truth, chastity, fidelity] depends the very existence of human
society, which would crumble into nothing if mankind were not generally
impressed with reverence for those important rules of conduct." - Adam
"The political and commercial morals of
are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet."
Samuel Langhorne Clemens
there are two
principles of moral action:
A moral action reduces suffering of
An immoral action causes Life to suffer.
moral gift creates a moral imperative of
a return of that gift under
the rule of
"It is time to
separate unchangeable morals
local manners." - Mary Wollstonecraft
"Socialization is not just a matter of morality; we
are socialized to conform to many norms of behavior that do not fall under the
heading of morality." -
"Assembled in a crowd,
people lose their powers of reasoning and their capacity for moral choice.
Their suggestibility is increased to the point where they cease to have any
judgement or will of their own. They become very excitable, they lose all sense
of individual or collective responsibility, they are subject to sudden excesses
of rage, enthusiasm and
panic. In a word,
a man in a crowd behaves as though he had
swallowed a large dose of
some powerful intoxicant. He is a victim of what I have called
"herd-poisoning." Like alcohol, herd-poison is an active, extraverted drug. The
crowd-intoxicated individual escapes from
responsibility, intelligence and morality into a kind of frantic, animal
mindlessness." - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited
Two features of reality point any rational, self-preserving social
agent in a moral direction. Both based on the prevalence of nonzero-sum
individuals are objectively better off if they both act in a nonselfish way
than if each of them acts selfishly. For example you and I are both better
off if we share our surpluses - I have too many
coffee beans and you
have too much corn - than if we let our
excess surpluse rot.
Secondly if I appeal to you to do anything that
affects me then I can't do it in a way that privileges my interests over yours
as the Rule of Reciprocity is always in
play in trading favors.
moral is defined
the sense of
arising from the
maxim of human social interaction relating to the
manners, practices and conduct as a human being to other
Many people falsely judge others by their own
personal rules of conduct which may or may not be
standard within a social culture and which may or may not conform to the
natural moral order.
evil is suffering caused through selfishness
courage to stand up to evil - get angry!
one becomes morally strong by
facing reality as it is
those that fail to face reality become spiritually
Morning Star Athbhreith Athbheochan
Kwisatz Haderach Druid
universality of moral
maxims A few moral themes seem to be
universal - harm, fairness, community, authority and purity. Most people across
the face of the Earth think it's bad to harm others and good to help them.
People have a sense of fairness: that
one should reciprocate favors, reward
benefactors and punish cheaters. They value loyalty to a group, sharing and
solidarity among its members and conformity to its norms. They believe that it
is right to defer to legitimate authorities and to respect people with high
status. And they exalt purity, cleanliness and sanctity while loathing
defilement, contamination and
For a moral maxim to be true it must have universality,
which is to say that it must be disconnected from the particular physical
details surrounding the proposition, and could be applied to any rational
First formulation of the categorical imperative:
only according to that maxim whereby you can at the same time will that it
should become a universal law." - Immanuel
Second formulation of the categorical imperative:
in such a way that you treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the
person of any other, always at the same time as an end and never merely as a
means to an end." - Immanuel Kant
Third formulation of the categorical imperative:
every rational being must so act as if he were through his maxim always a
legislating member in the universal kingdom of ends." -
Examples of actions that
can not become universal if a civilization is to continue to function:
Deception - If it is universally acceptable to lie, then no one would
believe anyone and all truths would be assumed to be lies.
Theft - If
it is universally acceptable to steal then there could be no ownership. Thus
has the proposition logically negated itself.
Suicide - If it is
universally acceptable to commit suicide when faced with the realization that
life might not give you what you desire then it is likely most life would be
taken as many human desires can not be
sense is as vulnerable to illusions as the other senses.
moral sense confuses morality per se with purity, status and conformity.
A corrupt moral sense tends to reframe practical problems as
moral crusades and thus
see their solution in punitive aggression. A corrupt moral sense imposes taboos
that make certain ideas indiscussible.
A corrupt moral sense is the
result of falling into spiritual
Today in our world it seems that only those with a
corrupt moral sense, those that are the most spiritually corrupt, are lifted up
and put on a pedestal by corporatist
propaganda machines -
the almighty force of the "invisible
"In my research on the role that emotions
play in morality, I have found that acts of
virtue, nobility and
honor create feelings of moral
elevation in those who witness them. When people feel morally elevated they
tend to behave in an morally elevated way themselves and they admire the person
that elevated them." - Jonathan Haidt
"The fact is that
traditional morality has practical authority, independent of whether God exists
or not and whether or not we know
Traditional rules of conduct emerge over years,
centuries and millenniums through a process of trial and error."-
Native American Indian Traditional Code of
EthicsEach morning upon rising, and each evening before
sleeping, give thanks for the life within you and for all life.
your thoughts and actions of the past day and seek for the courage and strength
to be a better person on this day.
Seek for things that will benefit
Respect means "To feel or
show honor or esteem for someone or something; to consider the well being
of, or to treat someone or somethin with deference or courtesy".
Showing respect is a basic law of life:
Be truthful at all
times, and under all conditions.
Observe moderation and balance in all
Treat every person with respect.
Avoid hurting another's
heart as you would avoid a deadly poison.
Never speak about others in a
negative way, whether they are present or not.
Never interrupt or walk
between people who are conversing.
Touch nothing that belongs to
someone else (especially Sacred Objects) without permission.
privacy of every person, never intrude on a person's quiet moment or personal
Speak in a soft voice, especially when you are in the presence of
Elders, strangers or others to whom proper respect is due.
The hurt of one is the hurt of all,
the honor of one is the honor of all.
Treat the earth and all of her aspects as your mother.
respect for the beliefs and religion of others.
Do nothing to pollute
our Mother, rise up with wisdom to defend her.
Show deep respect for the
mineral world, the plant world, and the animal world.
Know those things
that lead to your well-being, and those things that lead to your destruction.
Listen with courtesy to what others say, even if you feel that what
they are saying is worthless. Listen with your heart.
Respect the wisdom
of the people in council. Once you give an idea to a council meeting it no
longer belongs to you. It belongs to the people. Respect demands that you
listen intently to the ideas of others in council and that you do not insist
that your idea prevail. Indeed you should freely support the ideas of others if
they are true and good, even if those ideas are quite different from the ones
you have contributed. The clash of ideas brings forth the Spark of
Once a council has decided something in unity, respect demands
that no one speak secretly against what has been decided. If the council has
made an error, that error will become apparent to everyone in its own
Always treat your guests with honor and consideration. Give of
your best food, your best
blankets, the best part of your house, and your best service to your guests.
Receive strangers and outsiders with a loving heart and as members of
the human family.
All the races
and tribes in the world are like the different colored flowers of one meadow.
All are beautiful. As children of the Creator and Sustainer they must all be
To serve others, to be of some use to family, community,
nation, and the world is one of the main purposes for which
human beings have been forged. Do not
fill yourself with your own affairs and forget your most important talks. True
happiness comes only to those who dedicate their lives to the service of
Listen to and follow the guidance given to your heart.
guidance to come in many forms; in
in times of quiet solitude, and in
the words and deeds of wise Elders and friends.
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