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 moral conduct.
"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
"The capacity for a noble, even a holy life, is born within us. It's part of
human nature, not something put in from
elsewhere. That's shown by the fact that we know the difference between good
and evil, kindness and cruelty,
truth and pretense, and we are, at our best, drawn to the better options." - ew
Social Ethic is replacing our traditional ethical system - the system in which
the individual is primary. The key words in this Social Ethic are "adjustment,"
"adaptation," "socially orientated behavior," "belongingness," "acquisition of
social skills," "team work," "group living," "group loyalty," "group dynamics,"
"group thinking," "group creativity." Its basic assumption is that the social
whole has greater worth and significance than its individual parts, that inborn
biological differences should be sacrificed to cultural uniformity, that the
rights of the collectivity take precedence over what the eighteenth century
called the Rights of Man." - Aldous Huxley,
Brave New World Revisited
Ethics is defined
A set of principles defining correct
behavior and duty within the social group.
philosophical study of the cultural sets of
principles, values and rules that define correct behavior and duty within the
Fundamental moral issues, such as
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
"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
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.
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
Yes, but there are
exceptions, say you. We cannot always be strictly guided by
Prudential considerations must have some weight. It is necessary to use a
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.
If 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 burdens!
What an astounding illustration of the defeat of dishonesty by
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 monopolized
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 right to pursue the politic will uniformly be found to end thus.
Men who are insane enough to think that they may
safely violate the 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.
Yet 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
eventsthose 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
ethical law? The very question is absurd.
For what does a man really mean by saying of a
thing that it is "theoretically just," or "true in
principle," or "abstractedly
right"? Simply that it accords with what he, in some
way or other, perceives to be the
established arrangements of natural
moral order. When he admits that an act is "theoretically just," he admits it to be that which, in
strict duty, should be done.
By "true in principle," he means in
harmony with the conduct
decreed for us. The course which he
calls "abstractedly right,"
he believes to be the appointed way to human
There is no escape.The expressions mean this, or they
Though told that such and such are the true
roads to happiness, he opines that
he desire shorter ones! 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
atheism: to doubt the foresight and
efficiency of natural moral
order , and with infinite
presumption to suppose a human judgement less
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." -
there are two
principles of moral action:
A moral action reduces suffering of
An immoral action causes
Life to suffer.
A moral gift creates a moral
a return of that gift under the
"It is time to separate unchangeable morals
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 accesses
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
Two features of reality point any
rational, self-preserving social agent in a moral direction. Both based on the
prevalence of nonzero-sum games.
Firstly two 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
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 carnality.
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 being.
First formulation of the categorical
"Act only according to that maxim whereby you can at the
same time will that it should become a universal law." -
Second formulation of
the categorical imperative:
"Act 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." -
Third formulation of the
"Therefore, every rational being must so act as
if he were through his maxim always a legislating member in the universal
kingdom of ends." - Immanuel Kant
of actions that can not become universal if a civilization is to continue to
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.
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 naturally fulfilled.
moral sense is as vulnerable to illusions as the other senses.
corrupt moral sense confuses morality per se with purity, status and
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 corruption.
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
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
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 God's will. 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, for the good
things the Creator and Sustainer has given you and for the opportunity to grow
a little more each day. Consider 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 everyone.
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.
moderation and balance in all things.
Treat every person from the
tiniest child to the oldest elder with respect at all times.
respect should be given to Elders, Parents, Teachers, and Community
Avoid hurting another's heart as you would avoid a deadly
Do not speak unless invited to do so at gatherings where Elders
Never speak about others in a negative way, whether they
are present or not.
Never interrupt or walk between people who are
Touch nothing that belongs to someone else (especially
Sacred Objects) without permission.
Respect the privacy of every person,
never intrude on a person's quiet moment or personal space.
Speak in a
soft voice, especially when you are in the presence of Elders, strangers or
others to whom proper respect is due.
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.
Show deep respect for the beliefs and religion of
Do nothing to pollute our Mother, rise up with wisdom to defend
Show deep respect for the mineral world, the plant world, and the
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 Truth.
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 time.
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 respected.
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 created. 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. Expect
guidance to come in many forms; in prayer, in dreams, in times of quiet
solitude, and in the words and deeds of wise Elders and friends.
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