ethics

A Quote by Joseph Fletcher on ethics and utilitarianism

If the end does not justify the means, what does? The answer is, obviously, Nothing!

Joseph Fletcher

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on religion, desire, civilization, ethics, progress, reason, and superego

Our knowledge of the historical worth of certain religious doctrines increases our respect for them, but does not invalidate our proposal that they should cease to be put forward as the reasons for the precepts of civilization. On the contrary! Those historical residues have helped us to view religious teachings, as it were, as neurotic relics, and we may now argue that the time has probably come, as it does in an analytic treatment, for replacing the effects of repression by the results of the rational operation of the intellect.

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

Source: The Future of an Illusion.

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A Quote by Karen Armstrong on religion, spirituality, and ethics

I say that religion isn't about believing things. It's ethical alchemy. It's about behaving in a way that changes you, that gives you intimations of holiness and sacredness.

Karen Armstrong

Source: www.ted.com

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A Quote by Earon on ego, special, belief, behavior, conduct, and ethics

We truly become special only when we believe, and act as if, we aren't!

Earon Davis

Source: Earon's writings

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A Quote by Albert Schweitzer on ethics, universe, consciousness, and life

Man's ethics must not end with man, but should extend to the universe. He must regain the consciousness of the great Chain of Life from which he cannot be separated.

-- Albert Schweitzer

Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965)

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A Quote by Albert Einstein on ease, happiness, ideals, kindness, beauty, truth, motivation, ethics, and want

I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves - the ethical basis I call the ideal of a pigsty.  The ideals that have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

Source: Ideas And Opinions, Pages: 9 (The World As I See It)

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A Quote by Earon on morality, ethics, life, living, religion, peace, maturity, and values

Morality is cast in stone, while ethics are cast in daily life.

Earon Davis

Source: Earon's writings

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A Quote by Kedar on ego, vital, noble, vice, virtue, ethics, morality, god, and uqv theory

Ego is vital but not noble.

Kedar Joshi

Source: Superultramodern Science and Philosophy

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A Quote by Kedar on angel, devil, self, man, ethics, and morality

The angel within me thrives on the devil within me.

Kedar Joshi

Source: Superultramodern Science and Philosophy

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A Quote by Stephen Batchelor on buddhism, ethics, acceptance, and delusion

One finds that no matter how sincere one's intention to be attentive and aware, the mind rebels against such instructions and races off to indulge in all manner of distractions, memories and fantasies....The comforting illusion of personal coherence and continuity is ripped away to expose only fragmentary islands of consciousness separated by yawning gulfs of unawareness....The first step in this practice of mindful awareness is radical self-acceptance.

Such self-acceptance, however, does not operate in an ethical vacuum, where no moral assessment is made of one's emotional states. The training in mindful awareness is part of a Buddhist path with values and goals. Emotional states are evaluated according to whether they increase or decrease the potential for suffering. If an emotion, such as hatred or envy, is judged to be destructive, then it is simply recognized as such. It is neither expressed through violent thoughts, words or deeds, nor is it suppressed or denied as incompatiable with a "spiritual"life. In seeing it for what it is - a transient emotional state - one mindfully observes it follow its own nature: to arise, abide for a while, and then pass away.

Stephen Batchelor

Source: The Awakening of the West

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