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A unified moral code

OK, so on my other discussion "Do right and wrong exist?" there's a rather hefty debate raging on the existence of objective moral truths vs. subjective morality. I still hold that the only way to know any kind of objective morality is through personal communication with God. (If you'd like to dispute that with me, go to the "Do right and wrong exist?" discussion please.) I made the point that with subjective morality, nobody can agree with each other and any discussion of "what's the right thing to do about this issue?" breaks down into squabbling and nobody gets anywhere. Several of you on that other discussion claimed that by using reason and science, a unified moral code could be developed that the majority of mankind could agree with, a la Sam Harris. I disagree, I don't think it can be done.
So prove me wrong! Right here on TED, I want the TED community to hammer out a moral code. It needs to be applicable to daily life and issues of our time like illegal immigration, abortion, animal rights, environmentalism, government spending, business ethics, and income inequality. Don't worry about all the objective vs. subjective stuff, as long as it works. Go ahead. Define right and wrong in the way that will most benefit society. Be specific and measurable, and collaborate with everyone else. Once some kind of accord has been achieved, I'll try to put it to the test by suggesting a variety of moral dilemmas and we'll see if it holds. I doubt that we'll even get to that point, but go on, defy me!

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  • Feb 28 2013: Scot,

    No. I didn't mean that. They exist of course. But only in the "subject" The first thing one must understand is this "subject" / "object" relationship. Things are absolutely just as real. But the point is they only exist in the subject side of the relationship that our own thinking creates. Because it is thinking itself that sets up this dualism.
    Think a bit over this relationship. It's the main cause to a lot of misunderstanding in the world of moral philosophy today. I am just a layman . I haven't studied much philosophy. But I have read a book called "Philosophy of Freedom" written by Rudolf Steiner (1921)
    Check it out if you like

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophy_of_Freedom

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