Re: Ethics

Scott Badger (
Tue, 30 Jun 1998 23:19:20 -0500

>>I know how much you all hate discussing the
>>basics, but what exactly makes something unethical
>>and why should I care?
> What exactly makes something unethical is *your* opinion of the act,
>even tho
>I may feel it to be an ethical act.
> Ethics and morals are totally subjective.
> Why should you care? I don't know WHY you should care, but I'm pretty
>damn sure you make ethical judgements every day, so they must be
>important for some reason.
>Dave L.

Ethics is not my field but I was never of the opinion that something is
unethical because *you* perceive it to be. I always thought the acid test
boiled down to whether you were doing harm to another person or not. And
not harm as you may narrowly interpret it, but harm as perceived by the
victim of your actions (or inactions). "Do unto others as you would have
them do unto you" just doesn't hold water anymore. The new Golden Rule is,
"Do unto others as they would have you do unto them."