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The Golden Rule: A Secret in Plain Sight

  The Golden Rule is a primary precept in nearly all major religions. It is also the foundational rule in both veganism and resourceism . by Michael Corthell The Golden Rule The Golden Rule is the principle or precept of treating others as one wants to be treated. It is a precept that is found in most religions and cultures. It can be considered an ethic of reciprocity in some religions, although different religions treat it differently. The maxim may appear in a positive or negative form governing conduct: Treat others as you would like others to treat you (positive or directive form) Do not treat others in ways that you would not like to be treated (negative or prohibitive form) What you wish upon others, you wish upon yourself (empathetic or responsive form) Moses and Aaron with the Ten Commandments (painting circa 1675 by Aron de Chavez) The Golden Rule Sums Up The Ten Commandments I Am the Lord your God. You shall not have strange gods before me. You shall not make to thyself any

ETHICS | The Power of Choice: Veganism or Carnism

by Michael Corthell The choices you will make today could alter the  course of your life  forever -- for both you and the lives around you. From an ethical standpoint, it is now commonly accepted that one individual's right to choose ends at the point where exercising that right does harm to another being (or shared asset such as nation or the Earth.) So, while it might be legal and customary to carelessly kill and eat animals(carnism), it is not ethical.  Being vegan is a choice, so is being a carnist. (See: BEYOND CARNISM ) Life is a series of choices I've put together the top 100 quotes on the subject of life choices, plus this excellent video that makes the argument that if we do not choose wisely, not only will we suffer, but others will suffer as well. “Some people are cowards… I think by and large a third of people are villains, a third are cowards, and a third are heroes. Now, a villain and a coward can choose to be a hero, but they’ve got to make tha

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“If you put good apples into a bad situation, you’ll get bad apples.” ― Philip G. Zimbardo The perception of what is good or evil can be manipulated, that is, it can be made a grey choice and almost every person can be pressured by external forces to be immoral in their actions.

The World Sustained

We can't escape the idea that, in general, people commonly use false moral standards judge their own behavior. Most people seek success and wealth for themselves and admire them in others, but at the same time,  to be wealthy and honored in an unjust society is a moral disgrace.

Regarding the False Equivalence Argument

False equivalence is a logical fallacy (a propaganda technique and a favorite of conmen/women) in which an equivalence is drawn between two subjects based on flawed or false reasoning. This fallacy is categorized as a fallacy of inconsistency. In common speak, a false equivalence is often called "comparing apples and oranges". Thomas Patterson of the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University wrote about the false equivalency used by the media during the 2016 United States presidential election : ''False equivalencies are developing on a grand scale as a result of relentlessly negative news. If everything and everyone is portrayed negatively, there’s a leveling effect that opens the door to charlatans. The press historically has helped citizens recognize the difference between the earnest politician and the pretender. Today’s news coverage blurs the distinction.''