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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: do to and for others as you would like others to do to and for you, because AS you do to and for others, it will be done to/for you, and AS you treat yourself, you will treat others. So if you want to be scorned, look down on the moral inferiority of others. If you want to be respected, respect others. Try it. It works already.

    Is it wrong to disparage yourself - thus causing you to disparage and mistreat others? It is certainly self-destructive, but if your goal is to become the best YOU that you can be, your "mistakes" (rather than wrongs or sins) will be translated into a step on the way to your successful accomplishment of your goal. If you redefine time, there is no "sin". There is only learning.

    I could take this farther, but to do so, one would have to redefine the God that is contrary to scientific evidence.

    The God that you refer to is not the only way to arrive at a viable and rewarding moral code. In fact, IF your God is a figment of your imagination, then your claim that you can only find morality through God is also a figment of your imagination. Thus, to be fair, you must prove that your God exists so that we may find a way to know "Him" in order to understand "Him".

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