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Ethics - a thought from the past?
Ethics in our world
Ethics in life
How a human brain can overpower
greed and immorality
Ethics Greek origin ēthikē = moral understanding|
A branch of philosophy explaining concepts of right and wrong doing
In Cicero's opinion ethics is the essence of "philosophia moralis"
to think about how moral behavior can be judged.
Who decides what is right and wrong?
Can ethical behavior change our world?
One can state that ethics is the answer to the question:|
"What is the highest good for mankind?"
Aristotle defines it as happiness, which consists of the highest and most permanent joy;
not, however, in the satisfaction of random wishes of the individual;
for man can only reach this goal when he brings it to the highest perfection to which his nature fits him!
What distinguishes man, however, is his reason, which is primarily direction of action and secondarily pure observation of reality for its own sake.
This second is the higher, because it raises mankind above the limitations and necessities of life, allows him to become spirit and thereby determines a simultaneous possibility of divine being.
The spectacle of reality is maximally gratifying.
However, man cannot exist solely a theoretician; he must put his insight into practice.
Man is a social being.
Ethics is instilled in the nature of human beings and out of which the 'positive law' must arise.
These thoughts were expressed in many writings by Cicero, Thomas Aquinas, John Adams, John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, Madison, Kant, Montesquieu
"Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution.|
Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages."
Thomas A. Edison
"Compassion, in which all ethics must take root,
can only attain its full breadth and depth if
it embraces all living creatures and
does not limit itself to mankind."
"The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings."
"Intelligence plus character--that is the goal of true education."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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without which neither freedom nor justice can be maintained."
James A. Garfield
BSB tries to give you a little glimpse of one of ideas that are as old as human civilization is.
During history people revived these ideas. The last time this had happened was during
the "Age of Enlightenment", when the American founding fathers believed in the Laws of Nature". At this time knowledge and understanding was highest priority!
You will find more thoughts about ethical behavior when you read about Aristotle
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