Ethical Principles And Guidelines for the "Upright" person
A global ethic and consistent formula for use in social enquiry and ethical decision-making.
Wisdom – We should be sensible and consider the consequences of our actions.
Checks and balances –
This simple consistent formula can be broadened to suit different levels
and situations relevant to different age groups.
WISDOM – Is this reasonable? Will it work in practice? What are the long-term consequences likely to be? Will it maximise the good and minimise the harm?
JUSTICE - Is any person or group being treated any worse or any better than any other? Yourself? Your family? Your ethnic group? Your religion? Can you justify any reason why allowances should be made?
TRUTH - Do we have all the evidence? Is it factual or is it interpretation or opinion? Is it myth or based on recorded history? Is anyone trying to deceive anyone? If so for what ends? Who benefits if we go down that track? Is anyone using power for their own ends? Have you examined your own motives?
LOVE – (aroha) Is every one being treated with respect? Is anyone using anyone else for their own ends? Does any person or group deserve special treatment?
THE GOLDEN RULE - (He tangata, he tangata, he tangata) How do you think other people are going to be affected? How would you feel if you were on the receiving end of this action? How do you think other people feel?
THE GOAL-A BETTER WORLD – Is this action going to contribute to a better world – at home, at school, in the community, in the environment, nationally, globally?
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