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Old July 14th, 2017, 10:19 AM   #1
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Situational Ethics

There's a new buzz phrase in town or at least on the media.

Situational ethics.

So, if you look it up, it is defined as this:
the doctrine of flexibility in the application of moral laws according to circumstances.

Seems pretty straight forward, BUT, it cuts to the bone, particularly in Washington in recent days. There seems to be a pervading philosophy that takes into account the particular context of an act when evaluating it ethically, rather than judging it according to absolute moral standards. Wiki

In other words, our ethics or moral principals can vary depending on the situation--the event--the politics--the impact. There is no universal law that should be followed. Example: For Christians that law would be 'love above all'.
The 10 Commandments. The teachings of Christ. No strings attached and seeking nothing in return.

In politics (don't laugh!) situational ethics should include responsibility, honor, justice, honesty and people before laws/money.

Digging deeper I found references to our military code. I was surprised to find the West Point Honor Code on line. One of the bullet points in the code was this: *The West Point Honor Code is not a situational system of ethics.*

So maybe those of you who have been in the military could speak to this....and I invite all posters to answer these questions:

Have we the people entered into an era of situational ethics and if so, how did we get here? Can we reverse this or should we?
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Situational ethics strikes me as being an attempt to make "the end justifies the means" sound nice.

Fail.
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Situational ethics is simply trying to make logical excuses for inexcusable acts and activities and statements.
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moral relativism

Situational ethics is the younger sibling of moral relativism.
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There's a new buzz phrase in town or at least on the media.

Situational ethics.

So, if you look it up, it is defined as this:
the doctrine of flexibility in the application of moral laws according to circumstances.

Seems pretty straight forward, BUT, it cuts to the bone, particularly in Washington in recent days. There seems to be a pervading philosophy that takes into account the particular context of an act when evaluating it ethically, rather than judging it according to absolute moral standards. Wiki

In other words, our ethics or moral principals can vary depending on the situation--the event--the politics--the impact. There is no universal law that should be followed. Example: For Christians that law would be 'love above all'.
The 10 Commandments. The teachings of Christ. No strings attached and seeking nothing in return.

In politics (don't laugh!) situational ethics should include responsibility, honor, justice, honesty and people before laws/money.

Digging deeper I found references to our military code. I was surprised to find the West Point Honor Code on line. One of the bullet points in the code was this: *The West Point Honor Code is not a situational system of ethics.*

So maybe those of you who have been in the military could speak to this....and I invite all posters to answer these questions:

Have we the people entered into an era of situational ethics and if so, how did we get here? Can we reverse this or should we?
I equate situational ethics with moral compass in times of despair. To kill or not to kill is the question.
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