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All talk of ethics these days seems to me tangled to the point of stasis

Revaluing Values: What Is Revaluing Values?: "All talk of ethics these days seems to me tangled to the point of stasis. There may be schools of ethics but if there are they are hardly in the public realm. I hear the name of Rawls dropped here and there and I was at Union Seminary when Reinhold Niebuhr was there. Since then no major ethics figure has emerged from religious climes that I know of  and our public intellectuals such as they are appear to inhabit various sides of various issues, hardly a platform for the advancement of ethical principles."

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What Is Revaluing Values?

All talk of ethics these days seems to me tangled to the point of stasis. There may be schools of ethics but if there are they are hardly in the public realm. I hear the name of Rawls dropped here and there and I was at Union Seminary when Reinhold Niebuhr was there. Since then no major ethics figure has emerged from religious climes that I know of  and our public intellectuals such as they are appear to inhabit various sides of various issues, hardly a platform for the advancement of ethical principles.

If I think backward and come to Kierkegaard I note that he relegated ethics and aesthetics to a place less important than religion in his thinking. I am not aware that Nietzsche propounded an ethic though he did what seems to me the fundamental work needed to make such a project possible. If I go backward further I find ethics to be a province of philosophy with radically different positions depending on who is philosophizing.

These days I am partial to what I can understand in the wr…

Scene from Markman: A Film About Jesus

Markman: A Film About Jesus:

"INTERIOR. TIGER: WARD'S CAR. HOLLYWOOD AVENUE. DAY.

    Tiger, somber, is listening to a TAPE.

    TAPE (Voice Over) The Cold War never ended. It kept on right here in the good old USA. Marxist professors, Jewish media subversives, racial agitators, confused women and friends of Satan. Enemies of Jesus. Oh, people, beware of false Christs, humanist agents of the Devil. When Jesus comes it will be in power. The enemies of God will be judged and then consigned to the fires of damnation. It's all right here in the Bible. Tiger shouts out the window.

    TIGER: All right here in the Bible."

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Police cars were appearing on various side streets

Adam Panflick: The Boston Car Wars (1980s): "Police cars were appearing on various side streets, their renegade movements adding to the gridlock. A fight broke out between the crew-cut Irish limo driver and a portly Hispanic cabbie. But Adam was, by now, entering the Dunkin'Donuts on the next block. At the counter he purchased a baker's dozen of oat bran donuts and walked purposively to a rear table where he began to consume them, one per bite. He washed down his mammoth mouthfuls with gulps from a jumbo Classic Coke."

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Sam's Town is not your hot Strip casino

Monopololisto Man: Monopolisto Man Plays Oscar st Sam's Town: "Sam's Town is not your hot Strip casino. It attracts a regular local clientele and people on the way in or out of Vegas on the route that takes you south toward the Dam. Monopolisto Man looks like what he is. A nondescript, somewhat handsome preppie sort who has over the years shed most if not all affectation and accepted his lot in life, that of being an inveterate gambler who has never managed to go broke and whose losses are punctuated by extended periods of reasonable success."

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The seer saw beyond all sacred laws

The seer saw beyond all sacred laws And lifted high all simple human needs Like hunger and relief from fear and pain The keepers of the law were most displeased
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Paint-on solar cells snapped up by Saudis

UPDATED: 7/18/2012

Paint-on solar cells developed:

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Seems the Saudis want this technology.

That we need an alternative to oil is obvious. That we want the same interests that have given us oil to control the solar alternative is less obvious. The money is with the oil powers. But this time around we need to decentralize power in all ways, including the wealth that attaches to it. If these cells work, it is a potential blessing. If corporations get between us and the technology blessings can turn into curses.


Among first songs I ever wrote, I recall this lyric

Among first songs I ever wrote, I recall this lyric which I relate now to Peirce's connection of ethics to beauty - that is to aesthetics - that is as what creates the basis for ethics - that is as what makes us free and life admirable.

Why do they take something beautiful
And crush it before you can see it
Why do they take something beautiful
And tear it apart just for being

That is the way of the world my friend
That is the way of the world
Da da da da da da da da da
Da da da da da da da

He came down from the mountain top
And stretched out his hand in love
Why is it that some people can't stand
To be touched by a light from above

That is the way of the world my friend
That is the way of the world
Da da da da da da da da da
Da da da da da da da

You know how to rationalize
Keep your thing going while a good woman dies

Da da da da da da da da da
Da da da da da da da

Charles Sanders Peirce on The Ethical Imperative

"If I had a son, I should instill into him this view of morality (that is, that Ethics is the science of the method of bringing Self-Control to bear to gain satisfaction) and force him to see that there is but one thing that raises one individual animal above another,--Self-Mastery; and should teach him that the Will is free only in the sense that, by employing the proper appliances, he can make himself behave in the way he really desires to behave. As to what one ought to desire, it is, I should teach him, what he will desire if he sufficiently considers it, and that will be to make his life beautiful, admirable. Now the science of the Admirable is true Esthetics." (As quoted in Brent, Peirce: A Life, p49).

Cap tip Aaron.