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 a cultural historian and economist, based in London, England. 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 pioneer of post-growth economics, and 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', published posthumously in 2016. These in turn inspired the 2020 launches of both BAFTA-winning director Peter Armstrong's feature film about Fleming's perspective and legacy - 'The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilisation?' - and Sterling College's unique 'Surviving the Future: Conversations for Our Time' online courses. For more information on all of the above, including Lean Logic, click the little globe below!

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