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Morality in a Nutshell
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3/23/2014 1:53:33 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
I have refined my ethical principles and I am prepared to field any hypothetical example to test them. I believe these five to be the most comprehensive and succinct ethical standards in existence, and the best basis to make any moral judgment or decision.
1) Pride: Self-superiority/preferment; vanity. Opposite: Humility
2) Lust: Craving (i.e., wealth, power, sex, drugs, gluttony). Opposite: Temperance (Moderation)
3) Wrath: Desire to hurt others; anger. Opposite: Fortitude (Patience)
4) Envy: Sorrow for the successes of others. Opposite: Justice (Kindness)
5) Sloth: Failure to utilize one's talents and gifts; hopelessness; inaction. Opposite: Diligence (contrast with Ambition)
Kant's Categorical Imperative is a good tool to test these with and they stand up quite well.
Beliefs in a nutshell:
- The Ends never justify the Means.
- Objectivity is secondary to subjectivity.
- The War on Drugs is the worst policy in the U.S.
- Most people worship technology as a religion.
- Computers will never become sentient.