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, September 15, 2009

The Power of Civility

The Joe Wilson 'You Lie' controversy has generated a rash of responses. Shouting to interrupt a civil process is a form of values based bullying, because it is an attempt to break from an ethical framework for discourse into a free for all of values butting heads. The most common choice of words in admonishment has been 'civility', and this choice of words is a good measure of the choice of ethics over values when arbitrating differences in the public space. Manners at the dinner table and civility in a public forum are degrees of ethical behavior critical to sustainable multilateral coexistance of different values without unilateral escalation of incivility to the point of violence. Admonishing incivility is an appropriate multilateral process and ethical framework for arbitrating differences and defusing bullies.


At 10:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the Nazi's holding a peaceful march down the streets of Skokie should not be verbally admonished?


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