Ethical Guidebook

A discussion of the difference between our personal values and our public ethics, how mature citizens can support both, and why our love for public ethics must trump our love for personal and group values when they conflict in the public space. Ethics offers a guidebook for evaluating public issues and finding multilateral solutions to endless cycles of values centric conflicts and unilateral violence.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

A Wish for Peace in 2008

Let us all support a World of Peace by listening to our cherished inborn sense of ethics that finds voice in universal principles of fairness and action in imperfect but powerful institutions of voting, democracy and multilateral collaboration, in order to help us accomodate our inevitable and never-fully-resolved differences both locally and globally, and to help us share both abundant and dwindling resources and sustain a healthy natural world, even when these ethical principles and fair means of resolution are at odds with or frustrating to our equally cherished born and chosen common sense values and the strongly held religions and beliefs that define our souls and the fabric of our personal and group lives, so that we can live and let live without unilaterally defined rules and externally enforced and violent solutions in the public space, and so that we can enjoy our differences and live happily with others by neither prosteletizing nor shunning those who did not grow up near us or necessarily share any of our values, yet somehow share the same inborn sense of ethics and desire for fairness. Anything beyond that is another level of Peace, and welcome to it.


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