TED Conversations

lukwago hilda

Visual artist, photographer

This conversation is closed.

How do you define your moral code? What influences moral codes and how do they affect our communities?

this questions require you to share how you define a moral code,what influences the different moral codes and how is our surrounding being affected both postively and negatively by the way we are choosing to '' live our lives'' .

Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • thumb
    Jul 8 2013: this time, let me use an animated video with some music arbitrarily tacked on for dramatic purposes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muHg86Mys7I
    • thumb
      Jul 9 2013: Very good video! It sums up a great deal of what U.S. Americans generally take for granted as the biggest part of what it means to live in a free society. The content is very basic. Nothing is 'cited' as to whose thought this is or where these ideas came from. But that's only my observations as an 'aspiring Academic.' Certainly in the U.S.A. & Canada, these ideas are generally, if not universally accepted as true. Furthermore, these ideas are codified into law in all civilized and/or developed nations.

      This video does have elements that the U.N. Human Right Commission or similar body might be willing to endorse. (Or already have endorsed.) The video is that simple, & that good!

      To say more about this video, I'd need to know more about where it came from and what kind of thought lies behind it. I once spent over an hour watching a 90+ minute Youtube video (via TEDster link - as here) & was disappointed later. I got a lot of good info on basic economics, but some stuff just did not fit @ the margins. So I did a series of Google searches on the author & organization(s) that sponsored/developed the video. The guy who founded the organization that paid for the video was in prison for tax evasion. The organization itself seemed to have 'issues' w/lawful taxation in general in nearly all instances of paying tax at all! Good facts are still good - no matter where you find them. But referencing a tainted source for good facts is never good at all.

      I visited http://www.jonathangullible.com & I was impressed w/the book "Jonathan Gullible" by Ken Schoolland; upon which the video is based. So, apparently, are a whole lot of other people. Check out the web site. It is worth your time. So is the video. Thanks Krisztian! THAT video was worth my time & then some!
      • Jul 9 2013: "Certainly in the U.S.A. & Canada, these ideas are generally, if not universally accepted as true. Furthermore, these ideas are codified into law in all civilized and/or developed nations."

        I live in the U.S.A, and, in my experience, these statements are simply false.

        The government, at all levels, routinely takes property from people without their individual consent. Taxes are the obvious example, but in my opinion the more important example is the exercise of eminent domain, which has recently been abused to assist big stores killing off small stores.

        There are many individuals who would prefer to exclude themselves from the taxes and benefits of government social programs like Social Security, the many welfare programs, and Workman's Compensation. The government takes their money without their consent, and that is called theft. So the idea presented in the video, that actually is codified into law, is theft.

        These government programs are supported by most voters in the U.S.A. This refutes your first statement, quoted above.

        A corporation claimed legal ownership of the human DNA it collected from people, and all rights connected with the use of that DNA, even when the collection was without the informed consent of the people to whom it originally belonged, some of them children. To my amazement, the Supreme Court upheld their claim. In the U.S.A, you do not legally own your own body, at least not one of the most significant parts of it.

        It is amazing to me how many people in the U.S.A. think that they support freedom and liberty, when they have no idea of the implications of those words.

        (In the interests of honesty, I now collect Social Security and would not vote against it. I was born into an imperfect world, as a member of a seriously flawed species, and into a culture that I consider insane. I just get by the best way I can. Perhaps I can help improve the situation by pointing out inconsistencies; I seem to have a talent for it.)
        • thumb
          Jul 9 2013: @Barry.Palmer
          Thank you for your response. My approach was based in academic discipline & University science. My assertions are consistent w/what is taught, today, in colleges & universities & is offered as fact.

          I appreciate the fact that 1) you have a unique viewpoint based upon your own evaluation of what you see, hear, & read every day. 2) Also, there are many people who do agree w/you. Your opinions are shared by a minority of people (I say: A 'minority' when compared to the Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, & even quite a few 'independents' who voted for either Obama or McCain or Romney in the last 2 elections.)

          As I see it, your opinions have value & are welcome here.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.