Person wrote:We're not religious, we're not specific enough about ethics, we're not going to give any kind of doctrine about what is right from wrong, and that is a big problem in this country! We've raised a couple of generations on principles of moral relativism and now we have people who think that no one has the right to tell them what to do.
What is relativism?
What is dogmatism?
What is a religion?
What is the value of religion?
Is there a better alternative?
What makes you think ethics is an issue in this country specifically?
Aren't ethics just as much of an issue worldwide as they are here?
What is an ethic?
What is morality?
Is there a difference?
now we have people who think that no one has the right to tell them what to do
Jennifer Richardson wrote:
The whole concept of authority is to me suspicious. It seems to imply that someone else's will or desire is more valid than mine, and that that somehow gives (or ought to give) them the right to control my behavior.....
But the idea that anyone has or should have "moral authority" to dictate behaviors that are not demonstrably harmful to someone else, I can't really agree with.....
But the idea of some external authority (whether divine or governmental or philosophical or filial or whatever) which dictates morality and which some people can appeal to in order to impose their will on others...that I don't buy.....
but I can't really see how my personal feelings & distaste are really a justification for imposing my moral judgments on others....
anonymous person wrote:
Why should I have a say how people should have sex you asked? Well, when we get rid of all welfare in this country then we can seriously have this discussion because in one way or another I as a tax payer will have to subsidize their mistakes because personal irresponsibility is subsidized here!
I think it evades an evident truth however that we are all interconnected. My individual actions affect the livelihood of others without choice. Not only is the action of imposing our beliefs controlling, it is also an action to protecting our immediate interests and we ALL do this.
For example, I don't think anyone here can truthfully say they don't impose their beliefs to others when they challenge people to recycle waste, conserve the forests, go vegan, build natural, etc....