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.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

SUVS - An example of Values based cheating

The unregulated roots of the current economic crisis coincides not remarkably with the unregulated advent of the SUV. This is a case study in the unsustainability of putting personal values above public ethics. Folks may think a SUV represents family values and safety, but the true hallmark of the SUV that differentiates it from a car is cheating, plain and simple. SUVS cheat on fuel efficiency and emissions standards, often burning twice as much oil and creating twice as much global warming as a car, to go the same distance with the same number of occupants. SUVS cheat on safety standards with high-set bumpers, oversized tires, and overweight mass that cause SUV's to gain safety at the expense of cars in SUV-car collisions. SUVS look 'good' only if one is willing to put self-centered values above shared safety and shared interests in keeping oil consumption, global warming, and costs down.

So the perfect storm of economic crisis and oil crisis is no coincidence, and in fact the SUV is a major contributor to both. The most important thing an SUV owner can do is fess up to the fact that no good comes from cheating on everyone else in the name of family values, and then to do something about it. A good start would be to vote for fair public leaders and programs that implement fair shared regulations on safety, emissions, and mileage, not just self-serving (and unsustainable) values.


At 7:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have a problem with people driving safe vehicles? What do you drive? I'll bet it isn't a little Smart car or even a hybrid. How big is your family? When you travel do you travel alone or do you maximize fuel efficency by filling your car with occupants? How about your home? I'll bet your small family occupies a house that is much larger than the one you grew up in! So when you turn on the furnace you are using a large multiple of the fuel your parents used. Is that not cheating also? Check your electrical consumption. How much "stuff" do you own that constantly burns electricity? Do you have a windmill or solar panels? I suggest that YOU are a HYPOCRITE. Why single out SUV owners when YOU are a values based cheater YOURSELF!


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