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Should there be such a thing as global ethics?

Should there be a moral system on which all human beings agree independent of cultural characteristics of the community they come from? Is morality defined absolutely or does its definition change from community to community?


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  • Jun 25 2011: we can start with " 10 commandments " , This is the first blue print of Global ethics , No one will disagree with this , or , atleast majority will agree
    The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2-17 NKJV)
    1 “I am the Lord your God. You shall have no other gods before Me.
    2 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.
    3 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
    4 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
    5 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
    6 “You shall not murder.
    7 “You shall not commit adultery.
    8 “You shall not steal.
    9 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
    10 “You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.”
    ----------------------------------------I think this the best and most comprehensive foundation for Global ethics
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      Jun 26 2011: I would disagree with 1, 2, 3, 4
      The others are ok.
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      Jun 27 2011: Agree with Christophe 1, 2, 3 and 4 don't consitute ethics.
      Also the rest hardly define a faultless moral code. For example, slavery and torture would be perfectly allowed under these rules.

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