Here is another grouping
The following ethical principles should in general be promoted:
Abstaining from conduct injurious to life and the physical well-being of persons.
Abstaining from the theft of property of others
Abstaining from sexual violence and misconduct
Abstaining from falsehood, fraud and deception
Abstaining from drunkenness, narcotics and mind bending drugs
A basic set of eight such principles, together with brief annotations, has been suggested by Resnik:
Non-malificence: Do not harm yourself or other people.
Beneficence: Help yourself and other people.
Autonomy: Allow rational individuals to make free and informed choices.
Justice: Treat people fairly: treat equals equally, unequals unequally.
Utility: Maximize the ratio of benefits to harms for all people.
Fidelity: Keep your promises and agreements
Honesty: Do not lie, defraud, deceive or mislead.
Privacy: Respect personal privacy and confidentiality.
THE GOLDEN RULE from around the world
http://humanismforschools.org.uk/wp-con ... -Final.pdf
The Golden Rule has been part of the teachings of many societies and religions, as well as Humanism. There are different versions of it but they all mean the same thing. These are some of them:
· Do as you would be done by.
· Treat other people as you would like to be treated yourself.
· Don’t treat others as you wouldn’t like to be treated.
· You should always ask yourself what would happen if everyone did what you are doing.
Sexual relations should be based on mutual consent between adults.
“Do what you will, as long as it harms none/no one”.
"Hard ethical decisions are not about whether harm will happen, but about where it will fall."
From The Pagan Federation website
Finite resource => finite empathy
“Refusing to take unfair advantage”
Principles of Personal Ethics
Personal ethics might also be called morality, since they reflect general expectations of any person in any society, acting in any capacity. These are the principles we try to instill in our children, and expect of one another without needing to articulate the expectation or formalize it in any way.
Principles of Personal Ethics include:
Concern for the well-being of others
Respect for the autonomy of others
Trustworthiness & honesty
Willing compliance with the law (with the exception of civil disobedience)
Basic justice; being fair
Refusing to take unfair advantage
Benevolence: doing good
Principles of Professional Ethics
Individuals acting in a professional capacity take on an additional burden of ethical responsibility. For example, professional associations have codes of ethics that prescribe required behavior within the context of a professional practice such as medicine, law, accounting, or engineering. These written codes provide rules of conduct and standards of behavior based on the principles of Professional Ethics, which include:
Openness; full disclosure
Due diligence / duty of care
Fidelity to professional responsibilities
Avoiding potential or apparent conflict of interest
Even when not written into a code, principles of professional ethics are usually expected of people in business, employees, volunteers, elected representatives and so on.
Principles of Global Ethics
Global ethics are the most controversial of the three categories, and the least understood. Open to wide interpretation as to how or whether they should be applied, these principles can sometimes generate emotional response and heated debate.
Principles of Global Ethics include:
Global justice (as reflected in international laws)
Society before self / social responsibility
Interdependence & responsibility for the ‘whole’
Reverence for place
Each of us influences the world by simply existing; and it is always wise to ‘think globally’. An added measure of accountability is placed on globally influential enterprises such as governments and transnational corporations. (Responsibility comes with power whether we accept it or not.) One of the burdens of leadership is to influence society and world affairs in a positive way. Can a person, nation or company truly be ‘successful’ while causing human suffering or irreparable environmental damage? A more modern and complete model of success also considers impact on humanity and the earth’s ecology.
Action for happiness
A good life without religion
Check out this website you might like it
Derbyshire Atheists, Secularists and Humanists
About curiosity and how it could be cultivated
http://www.thersa.org/__data/assets/pdf ... iosity.pdf
Alternatives to the Ten Commandments
You may find some of these are useful
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Comman ... ternatives
Reasons to join humanist group
khan academy is a great website for learning
Free Online Courses
Values in Action Inventory of Strengths
Classification of Strengths1.Wisdom and Knowledge: creativity, curiosity, judgement, love of learning, perspective
2.Courage: bravery, perseverance, honesty, zest
3.Humanity: love, kindness, social intelligence
4.Justice: teamwork, fairness, leadership
5.Temperance: forgiveness, humility, prudence, self-regulation
6.Transcendence: appreciation of beauty and excellence, gratitude, hope, humor, spirituality
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Values_in_ ... _Strengths
Quote of the Week “A humanist is someone who does the right thing even though she knows that no one is watching.” – Dick McMahan, New York humanist, 2004
That’s Humanism: Four animated videos about Humanism narrated by Stephen Fry
Unmet Emotional Needs
Human Emotional Needs