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Hong-Min Yoon

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Is there an exact, definite criteria or standard on ethics?

Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill and many other philosophers have spent their lifetimes trying to find ways to find the absolute answer to this question; "Is that right to do?" However, no one could come up with a perfect idea that everybody can agree to. I'm sure that our society can be improved if we find such answer, but does it even exist? Taking one step further, does ethics exist or is it something that human beings made in order to reform the society? (After all, I am just a curious 8th grader)

Topics: ethics philosophy

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    Aug 18 2012: The problem with ethics is that it tries to solve multifaceted problems with linear thinking about what is right or wrong.

    I believe a solution is to view ethics as a perceptual rather than a conceptual issue - how we see things versus how we think about them.

    We make ethical decision to the extent that we perceive a situation through compassion, hope, personal responsibility and humility. To the extent that we perceive situations through the opposite perceptions of defensiveness, fear, blame and self-centeredness, we are more likely to act in ways that are unethical.

    Ethics becomes clearer when we start from a sense of the interconnectedness of all human beings and all of nature. Seeing our world through eyes of compassion, hope, personal responsibility, and humility allows us to recognize that.

    Ethics is simply a matter of seeing clearly.

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