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.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Measuring Ethics

The measure of ethics is the extent to which people believe in externally enforced fairness.

The measure of externally enforced fairness is the extent of instruments of civility in the public space, as defined by providing relatively unbiased means and admittedly less than perfect multilateral institutions for the fair arbitration of differences, the provision and allocation of shared insurance frameworks to deal with disasters and scarcity, a range of opportunities to enjoy plenty, and timely escalation of arbitration and enforcement that mitigates the impact of unavoidable infractions.

The measure of civic maturity is the extent to which people are willing to help support those civil means and institutions in the public space.


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