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Ethics in a Nutshell

Postby thinkdr » Tue Mar 09, 2021 11:55 pm

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[Keeping it simple and direct, this is a new and improved version of an older thread. These moral principles are imperatives for the ethical life …the good life.]

KNOW YOUR ETHICS!

1) To the extent you can, regard everyone with dignity and respect.

2) We are to ‘be there’ for each other. Seek responsibility.

3) Be kind, considerate, courteous.

4) Be aware of your core-values and standards.

5) Be mindful to do no harm! For example, don’t cheat, steal from, or disparage others.

6) If you want to be treated decently, treat others decently.

7) Avoid (with all your heart) selfishness, corruption, hypocrisy. By “hypocrisy” is meant here: having a double standard: one for yourself, and one for others. Avoid it! Be consistent. Be real.

(8) 8)ave self-respect, and exercise Self-Management. That is to say, don’t give in too-easily to temptation and desire – have some self-discipline. And avoid greed; it is a neurotic disorder

9) Continue growing morally throughout life. This means: continue adding moral principles by which to live. (+)

10) Actually live by them. Practice those principles; put them into action. Strive to have a good character, to be sincere, honest, to have integrity, to be authentic, and caring! In this way you will set a good example!
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+) Some illustrations and examples of principle are tentatively proposed on pp.27-28 of The Structure of Ethics. A link to a pdf of it is given as the first Reference below.

Understand that all the moral principles offered are tentative and subject to revision. They are not rules but merely suggestions.

Here are, as examples, are some further principles you may not find elsewhere: Don’t engage in quarrels.
If any kind of conflict arises, end it as quickly as possible! Settle it.
Be an optimist -- rather than a pessimist or a complainer. {An “optimist” is defined as: one who names things so that they can be described as “good.” E.g., “This is a good problem!!" “I have a good headache.” “She used to live in a good slum.” Etc.} Optimists also set a good example of how to live positively.
Make your interactions with other people turn out to be "win/win" situations.
Be a value-creator.


What do you think? Please respond with your evaluation of this effort to present the essentials of Ethics. I tried to keep it simple.
:idea: For further reading and insight into the topics of Ethics check out these links, and thereby add to your reading enjoyment

THE STRUCTURE OF ETHICS
[NEW] :!:
http://www.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/TH ... ETHICS.pdf


THE BREAKTHROUGH - We Can Get Along After All (2018)
http://myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/BREAKT ... %20all.pdf

LIVING WELL: how ethics helps us flourish
http://www.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/LI ... ourish.pdf


BASIC ETHICS: a systematic approach
http://www.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/BASIC%20ETHICS.pdf


ETHICAL ADVENTURES http://wadeharvey.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/ETHICAL%20ADVENTURES.pdf

When you search Bing for the following pdf selection you may wish to start with page 20 in order to skip the technicalities:
Marvin C. Katz - ETHICS: A College Course
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Re: Ethics in a Nutshell

Postby promethean75 » Wed Mar 10, 2021 5:14 pm

This is all just theory, doc. While we've been able to study human group behavior in many different environments and contexts, never once have we been able to actually observe a group inside of a nutshell. We have no idea how such a group would interact there.
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Re: Ethics in a Nutshell

Postby Dan~ » Wed Mar 10, 2021 6:40 pm

That list seems good to me.
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Re: Ethics in a Nutshell

Postby thinkdr » Sat Mar 13, 2021 8:35 am

promethean75 wrote:This is all just theory.

The challenge to you is to transform it from mere theory into practice :!:

Make it into living experience -- a process what Bergson referred to as "compenetration." He wrote extensively on the topic of creativity.

As you create yourself into an individual who others would describe as one who 'has a good character,' then also 'give yourself;' offer your self-expression to the world; share (the results of) your talents. [...I know you do some of this already.]


And take to heart the words of Immanuel Kant, who said:
Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.

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:idea: For further reading and insight into the topics of Ethics check out these links, and thereby add to your reading enjoyment

THE STRUCTURE OF ETHICS
[NEW] :!:
http://www.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/TH ... ETHICS.pdf


THE BREAKTHROUGH - We Can Get Along After All (2018)
http://myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/BREAKT ... %20all.pdf

LIVING WELL: how ethics helps us flourish
http://www.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/LI ... ourish.pdf


BASIC ETHICS: a systematic approach
http://www.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/BASIC%20ETHICS.pdf


ETHICAL ADVENTURES http://wadeharvey.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/ETHICAL%20ADVENTURES.pdf

When you search Bing for the following pdf selection you may wish to start with page 20 in order to skip the technicalities:
Marvin C. Katz - ETHICS: A College Course
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Re: Ethics in a Nutshell

Postby thinkdr » Sun Mar 14, 2021 11:20 pm

Dan~ wrote:That list seems good to me.

Thank you, Dan, for the feedback on my effort to sum up the essentials of Ethics in what might take two pages, with font-size 16.

What do the rest of you Readers think? Is it wise to be concise?

Now that you know your Ethics, if any of you have skill at teaching, the next step would be for you to teach these points to students, or to those you mentor or tutor. Let's change the world for the better !!!

"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty."

"When we help each other, we all thrive."

"Lifting up those at the socio-economic bottom, will make us all better off."

as a way to apply Ethics to society's problems, let's encourage the government to provide a strong safety-net, and to provide opportunity for advancement as a way to decrease poverty.

What say you?

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:idea: For further reading and insight into the topics of Ethics check out these links, and thereby add to your reading enjoyment

THE STRUCTURE OF ETHICS
[NEW] :!:
http://www.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/TH ... ETHICS.pdf


THE BREAKTHROUGH - We Can Get Along After All (2018)
http://myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/BREAKT ... %20all.pdf

LIVING WELL: how ethics helps us flourish
http://www.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/LI ... ourish.pdf


BASIC ETHICS: a systematic approach
http://www.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/BASIC%20ETHICS.pdf


ETHICAL ADVENTURES http://wadeharvey.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/ETHICAL%20ADVENTURES.pdf

When you search Bing for the following pdf selection you may wish to start with page 20 in order to skip the technicalities:
Marvin C. Katz - ETHICS: A College Course
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Re: Ethics in a Nutshell

Postby thinkdr » Thu Mar 18, 2021 1:07 am

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Learn to rely on your Ethics


even more than you rely


on your smartphone!



{To understand what is meant by "Ethics," read the literature cited below.}
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:idea: For further reading and insight into the topics of Ethics check out these links, and thereby add to your reading enjoyment

THE STRUCTURE OF ETHICS
[NEW] :!:
http://www.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/TH ... ETHICS.pdf


THE BREAKTHROUGH - We Can Get Along After All (2018)
http://myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/BREAKT ... %20all.pdf

LIVING WELL: how ethics helps us flourish
http://www.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/LI ... ourish.pdf


BASIC ETHICS: a systematic approach
http://www.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/BASIC%20ETHICS.pdf


ETHICAL ADVENTURES http://wadeharvey.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/ETHICAL%20ADVENTURES.pdf

When you search Bing for the following pdf selection you may wish to start with page 20 in order to skip the technicalities:
Marvin C. Katz - ETHICS: A College Course
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Re: Ethics in a Nutshell

Postby thinkdr » Fri Mar 19, 2021 3:00 am

What do you believe is basic to ethics that I omitted to mention in my original post above? I would like to consider adding it to the list of essentials.''

For example, I did not mention: Make things better.
Nor did I mention: Don't be a martyr. [It's very okay, though, to be a "hero" in CNN's sense of the word, as seen at their website. We note there the sort of people they nominate to receive their "Hero of the Year" award.]
Nor did I write (but could have): Encourage policies that strengthen the safety-net for the extremely-poor. One such policy might be direct cash payments to those able-bodied who show a willingness to work, instead of the humiliating and bureaucratic steps we submit them to now.
I did not bring up: Write into law that in a democracy we all have the right to vote, to exercise our franchise. Is this not also essential?


So I ask of you: When you think of "ethics" what comes to mind that should have been listed as basic?
:idea: For further reading and insight into the topics of Ethics check out these links, and thereby add to your reading enjoyment

THE STRUCTURE OF ETHICS
[NEW] :!:
http://www.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/TH ... ETHICS.pdf


THE BREAKTHROUGH - We Can Get Along After All (2018)
http://myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/BREAKT ... %20all.pdf

LIVING WELL: how ethics helps us flourish
http://www.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/LI ... ourish.pdf


BASIC ETHICS: a systematic approach
http://www.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/BASIC%20ETHICS.pdf


ETHICAL ADVENTURES http://wadeharvey.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/ETHICAL%20ADVENTURES.pdf

When you search Bing for the following pdf selection you may wish to start with page 20 in order to skip the technicalities:
Marvin C. Katz - ETHICS: A College Course
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Re: Ethics in a Nutshell

Postby Ben JS » Fri Mar 19, 2021 3:48 am

A lovely list, friend.

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Possible things that occur to me:

a) Make time for self reflection. Contemplate your actions after the fact, and consider whether in retrospect there may have been a better approach.

b) Seek to learn from not only yourself, but from others - everyone holds truth, regardless of whether they're aware of it or not. With gentle, compassionate regard for the other... we may draw lessons, information and truth from them [or even the environment at large] - regardless of whether they sought to teach us or not.

c) [this may tie into 'Don't be a martyr'.] Treat not only others ethically, but yourself too. We are all worthy of consideration and compassion. Seek not to neglect or undermine your own needs without just cause - factor your own well-being into decisions.

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Perhaps there are more, but again, these are my initial thoughts.
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Re: Ethics in a Nutshell

Postby thinkdr » Wed Mar 24, 2021 2:44 am

Greetings, Ben

You and Dan inspire me. I am comforted by the thought that even when I am ashes and dust you younger guys will carry on the work. The result will be that human beings will get closer to living in an ethical world.

When people are clear about their values they likely will choose to live ethically rather than to cut corners, to be malicious, to deceive, or to"put people on" (for a little sadistic fun.) They won't be as likely to worship money for it s own sake [to indulge in Greed.] They will be fussy about the means they use to get to their ends-in-view. Those means (steps to reach the goal) will have to qualify as "ethical."

They will not want to do any damage, to needlessly destroy, or to confuse, or to initiate chaos. They will have a constructive attitude. They will be cosmic optimists. They will be devoted to goodness.
When somebody writes something, and shows it to them, they will say to themselves: "How can I glean something from this that can be used to build a better world?" rather than saying: "How can I cleverly criticize this?" [and thereby score a few points. ...and maybe get a laugh at the writer's expense.]
Those who know their Ethics will not harbor grievances, nor be smart-alecs. They will minimize their hypocricy, will avoid selfishness; and they worn't corrupt themselves by committing one of the Ethical Fallacies.

Ancient Shinto Philosophy teaches individuals to be mentally and physically strong (healthy) in order better to be more-helpful to others. To be of service to others is the point. Yes, we are prewired to seek our own personal benefit; what we need to be reminded is to assume some responsibility, and to be willing to be held accountable for our performance.

Today, Ethics theory teaches us to be value-creators; to innovate, to figure out how everybody can be 'a winner.'

I thank you for responding and providing feedback. I am grateful!
:idea: For further reading and insight into the topics of Ethics check out these links, and thereby add to your reading enjoyment

THE STRUCTURE OF ETHICS
[NEW] :!:
http://www.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/TH ... ETHICS.pdf


THE BREAKTHROUGH - We Can Get Along After All (2018)
http://myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/BREAKT ... %20all.pdf

LIVING WELL: how ethics helps us flourish
http://www.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/LI ... ourish.pdf


BASIC ETHICS: a systematic approach
http://www.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/BASIC%20ETHICS.pdf


ETHICAL ADVENTURES http://wadeharvey.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/ETHICAL%20ADVENTURES.pdf

When you search Bing for the following pdf selection you may wish to start with page 20 in order to skip the technicalities:
Marvin C. Katz - ETHICS: A College Course
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Re: Ethics in a Nutshell

Postby thinkdr » Sun Mar 28, 2021 9:47 pm

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Readers:

My question for you is: What did I miss (in my effort to sum up the basics of ethics)?
Is there something essential, or highly relevant, that you feel I omitted?


And can you provide me with some pressing moral dilemma - to which I will apply the new paradigm in order to resolve that dilemma ...or at least show how it may be resolved. If you have more than one to present that would be fine also.


Thank you in advance for contributing!
:idea: For further reading and insight into the topics of Ethics check out these links, and thereby add to your reading enjoyment

THE STRUCTURE OF ETHICS
[NEW] :!:
http://www.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/TH ... ETHICS.pdf


THE BREAKTHROUGH - We Can Get Along After All (2018)
http://myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/BREAKT ... %20all.pdf

LIVING WELL: how ethics helps us flourish
http://www.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/LI ... ourish.pdf


BASIC ETHICS: a systematic approach
http://www.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/BASIC%20ETHICS.pdf


ETHICAL ADVENTURES http://wadeharvey.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/ETHICAL%20ADVENTURES.pdf

When you search Bing for the following pdf selection you may wish to start with page 20 in order to skip the technicalities:
Marvin C. Katz - ETHICS: A College Course
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