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The Ethical Matrix Revisited A Tract Book Essay By Anthony J. Fejfar

© Copyright 2006 by Anthony J. Fejfar

Previously, I have introduced the Ethical Matrix and the Ethical principles of Reciprocity, Utility, Proportionality, and Equity contained therein. Reciprocity is based upon the idea that one should treat another as one would wish him or herself to be treated in similar circumstances. Similarly, reciprocity states that as you judge, so you shall be judged. Put another way, reciprocity provides that as you treat others, so you shall be treated. After reciprocity, the next ethical principle is Utility. Utility, at it’s simplest, means, maxization of value. Put more linearly, utility requires

that one judge reality in light of a scale of values. I argue that the first, and for some, the only rational scale of values, involves Rational Self Interest. In this sense, one chooses to maximize one’s own Rational Self Interest as one‘s highest value. The Self is capitalized because one much choose to pursue the rational interest of the Self, that is the Jungian Self, or True Self.

This means that not only are sensate-sensory experiential values to be maximized, but also Mind values, and Wisdom or Spiritual values. One following Rational Self Interest will, all other things being equal, choose a Self-fulfilling job with good pay, rather than a non-fulfilling job with excellent pay. Self Interest provides for higher values and feelings, which

the lower, more mundane rational self, does not. Once again, proportionality is the Ethical Principle which promotes the idea of Equality and Equality before the law. Equity, on the other hand, favors the one in need. Equity makes an equitable exception from a general rule based upon need. This is the Ethical Matrix.