Promiscuous Ethics

The ethical code which consists of getting into bed with any point of view that confirms your opinion about what a beautifully ethical person you are.

As culture declines, ethics are reduced to the values which are easiest to defend, so that it becomes hard to support any values other than the value of there being no values: being real, spontaneous and true to your feelings is all you need. If the presumption that ethics consist of ideas that are self-evident were to become a habit, it would be hard to distinguish an ethical judgment from whatever impulsive responses happen to come along. They may not be ethical.

 

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Narcissism, Diplomatic Lie, Calibration, Identity.

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David Fleming
Dr David Fleming (2 January 1940 – 29 November 2010) was an economist, historian and writer, based in London. He was among the first to reveal the possibility of peak oil's approach and invented the influential TEQs scheme, designed to address this and climate change. He was also a significant figure in the development of the UK Green Party, the Transition Towns movement and the New Economics Foundation, as well as a Chairman of the Soil Association. His wide-ranging independent analysis culminated in two critically acclaimed books, Lean Logic and Surviving the Future. A film about his perspective and legacy - The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilisation? - was released in 2019, directed by BAFTA-winning director Peter Armstrong. For more information, including on Lean Logic, click the little globe below!

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