- Because we are now a global species though still with tribal instincts and multiple moralities.
- Because our diverse culturally-based religions are sanctifying destructive behaviors.
- Because we face enormous challenges to and opportunities for the future of our species.
- Because we need a foundation for international as well as local politics, law, and civilization.
How can we develop an ethic that is acceptable to everyone?
- By creating a theory or model for moral reality that connects to the theory of all reality.
- By using a foundation for this theory that is accessible to all.
- By testing this theory for accuracy and continued refinement.
- By offering this theory in diverse, culturally appropriate symbolic expressions.
What is the structure for a universal ethic and how is it discovered?
- The foundation for this ethic is humanity itself.
- The structure is human being as it is aware of itself in action, not as it is expressed.
- Ethics is critical reflection on and interpretation of the symbolic expressions of humanity towards understanding the foundation and structure of a universal ethic.
- Ethics as a branch of philosophy, using the method and findings of science, aims for the unity of physical and moral reality, i.e. truth and value, and presents its theory for a universal ethic to the human community for continuing reflection, critique, and interpretation.
How does such an ethics proceed?
- Ethics starts by reflecting on itself and articulating its mission and method including a faith in the unity of truth and value in the universe.
- Ethics reviews the work of others who have developed ethical theories.
- Ethics studies the latest findings of science in regards human behavior.
- Ethics immerses itself in diverse cultures and their literary and other symbolic expressions.
- Ethics imagines a model by which human behavior and being can be understood in all its forms and contribute to the understanding of the unity of truth and value in all reality.
- Ethics articulates the model and presents it to the community for critique.
- Ethics explains and refines the model in the light of experience.
What are consequences of ethics?
- More thoughtful political discourse.
- Basis for policy and legal interpretation.
- Commitment to living well by doing good. i.e. personal happiness through social service.
- Principles and rules for community building.
- Critique of culture, including history, religion, art and other symbolic expressions.
- Faith and optimism in the human enterprise towards truth beyond superstition, universal love beyond tribal narrowness.
- Standards for dealing with crises (choices) in the human enterprise.
- Honing of the human ability to interpret respectfully, think freely, speak openly, and act in concert.
- Respect for past learning and openness to future progress.