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I Believe: A Code Of Ethics

1831 words - 7 pages

I Believe: A Code of Ethics

by
PHIL 301

Fall Semester, 1996
I believe in the power of Mind...
I believe pitchers should bat...
I believe Oswald was a patsy...
I believe everything is a conspiracy...
I believe that people are responsible for their own actions...
I believe that The Who is the greatest rock band of all time...
I believe in tolerance...
I believe in capitalism...
I believe we are who we want to be...
I believe in choice...
I believe in love...
I believe that Bert and Ernie are televisions first gay couple...
I believe that the 1979 Orioles were robbed...
I believe that people who say they like Indian food are just trying
to be cool...
I believe that people get the kind of government they deserve...
I believe in the power of having no god...
I believe I can fly...
I believe that Barney is the purple Messiah...
I believe that the bible was a novel, written for profit...
I believe in the mother ship...
I believe the Mona Lisa was framed...
I believe in Pez...
I believe Darwin...
I believe in beauty...
I believe we have the worst justice system in the world with the
exception of every other system...
I believe in Wally and the Beaver...
I believe I didn't learn anything in kindergarten...
I believe we are all in this together...
I believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day...
I believe the ozone layer is just fine...
I believe in dedication...
I believe my daughter is a prodigy...
I believe that Kathy Lee is the Anti-Christ...
I believe my dad can still beat me at arm wrestling...
I believe I wouldn't want to beat him...
I believe you shouldn't believe everything you breath...
I believe in the power of love to warp mens minds and make men
great...
I believe in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the seventh inning
stretch...
I believe in me...

I believe I'm done now...

     Developing a code of ethics is the most important thing a person can do.
Such a code is necessary for humans because of our capacity to reason. Our
ability to apply rational thought to the conduct of our lives is what makes
mankind more than just an animal with an interesting thumb. These rational
thoughts could very easily lead us to terrible acts, for what is in our best
interest is often harmful to others. However there is another ability, peculiar
to humans alone, that keeps most of us on the right path. Our ability to know
what is right and what is wrong. It is our beliefs on this subject that make
up our ethics. And the best way to know what those beliefs are is to develop a
personal code of ethics.
     My own code is one that defies definition by the standards of most of
the well known ethical theories. It consists of four simple and straight
forward rules, rules that do not alter or change with the shift of societies
values or the passing of time. The four rules are easy to remember but may need
a bit of explanation.

     1) Mine first....

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