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    Christianity/the Bible, empathy and logic/utilitarianism.
    “There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”
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    Compassion... trying to take care of everyone and empower everyone to have a fulfilling life.

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    Mostly our ethics and morals are taken for granted because we are born into a particular civilization whether it is Indian, Chinese or Western.

    A good tertiary education will let us step outside our taken for granted civilized ethics and morals, and see what they are, where they came from. We will be able to analyse our taken for granted morals and ethics, compare them with other moral and ethical systems, we will be able to evaluate them, and integrate them into our world view.

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    Probably from watching Little House on the Prairie as a kid. It's a good thing Jersey Shore wasn't on TV back then. Oh, and my parents believed in corporal punishment; that probably had something to do with it. I should probably credit my awesome DNA because as far back as I can remember, I was a swell dude.
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    It's mostly cultural for everyone. People are less rational and deliberate than they like to assume.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasofy View Post
    It's mostly cultural for everyone. People are less rational and deliberate than they like to assume.
    Good point. I don't think people realize how much of our western morality is represented and/or based on thinkers such as John Stuart Mill; freedom, individualism, utilitarianism etc. As he's pretty much my idol I find plenty to have affinity with in western ethical thought. Apart from that we have the christian influence which i find...less fortunate.
    I hope I'm wrong, but I believe that he is a fraud, and I think despite all of his rhetoric about being a champion of the working class, it will turn out to be hollow -- Bernie Sanders on Trump

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    Now that is a difficult question. I'd say that my ethics and morals come from a sentence like this: "A healthy society breeds healthy individuals".

    In other words, I try to prioritize the needs of a society over the needs of an individual. I try to see myself and others just as a small piece of a greater machine.
    I might also say that the end justifies the means, although one really needs to very certain of the outcome he or she is looking for.
    "The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    Mostly our ethics and morals are taken for granted because we are born into a particular civilization whether it is Indian, Chinese or Western.

    A good tertiary education will let us step outside our taken for granted civilized ethics and morals, and see what they are, where they came from. We will be able to analyse our taken for granted morals and ethics, compare them with other moral and ethical systems, we will be able to evaluate them, and integrate them into our world view.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rasofy View Post
    It's mostly cultural for everyone. People are less rational and deliberate than they like to assume.

    'One of (Lucas) Cranach's masterpieces, discussed by (Joseph) Koerner, is in it's self-referentiality the perfect expression of left-hemisphere emptiness and a precursor of post-modernism. There is no longer anything to point to beyond, nothing Other, so it points pointlessly to itself.' - Iain McGilChrist

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    Quote Originally Posted by AffirmitiveAnxiety View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasofy View Post
    I smiled
    Its where my morals and ethics lie.
    'One of (Lucas) Cranach's masterpieces, discussed by (Joseph) Koerner, is in it's self-referentiality the perfect expression of left-hemisphere emptiness and a precursor of post-modernism. There is no longer anything to point to beyond, nothing Other, so it points pointlessly to itself.' - Iain McGilChrist

    Suppose a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?"
    "Suppose it didn't," said Pooh, after careful thought.
    Piglet was comforted by this.
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