LIVING THE GOOD LIFE
The world today is like a person with one foot on a moving rocket andthe other foot on a mule. The “rocket” symbolizes our advances intechnology and in physical science; the “mule” symbolizes the state of ethics today.We are very unclear in our values. We don’t know ‘which way is up.’There is such value confusion that we go to war with each other; weseek vengeance; we belittle and smear one another with ridicule andname-calling. We permit in certain parts of today’s world the existenceof bullying in schools, and such abuses as child labor, mistreatment of women, spousal and child abuse, even slavery.
This is a new class of slaves which don’t even have to behoused and fed, as the earlier ones were We advertise for them to come here,facilitate it, and then we brand them with the epithet “illegals.”
In brief, the world is in a mess!
How fix this? What does it take? Picture this: Ethics has become alegitimate science and has taken its place alongside Physics, Biology, andGeology as an established and respected discipline. When an ethicistspeaks, people listen because Ethics is now as respectable as Medicine or Musicology. Would the ethicist tell us how to live? No, not at all. What he or she would do is tell us the moral facts, as a result of accuratemeasurements: we would learn how much various life-styles are worth.Then we would “pay our money,” and take our choice -- just as if we wereshopping for apparel or groceries….only in the case of ethics money wouldnot be involved; rather it would be
our choices -
based upon new knowledge- that really mattered. The new science would clearly show the paths tohappiness and success. Whether we go down those roads is entirely up tous. We would be free to accept or reject. That is the vision we offer you.What the world needs now is a Science of Ethics. Let’s get started and laythe groundwork for it. If we had Ethics – the science - we could all live thegood life.