The Importance Of Ethical Traditions

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Natessia Leverington
Essay # 5

Peter Singer makes the claim that, "The major ethical traditions all accept, in some for or other, a version of the golden rule that encourages equal consideration of interest. 'Love your neighbor as yourself, ' said Jesus. 'What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor, ' said Rabi Hillel. Confuicious summed up his teaching in very similar terms: 'What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others. ' The Mahabarata Indian epic, says: 'Let no man do to another that which would be repugnent to himself. '" Singer goes on to say, "The parallels are stirking." Which is an agreeable statement, however if we only probe deeply enough, we will find that self interest lurks somewhere beneath the surface of every so called "ethical" action to protect the common good of a stable community. Also, that the idea of this "common good" not only doesn 't exist but, if it did would be inherently flawed in practice. As a general principle, individuals have an obligation to value their own interests above the common good. To start, the flaws in the "common
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People join in these and all sorts of special interest groups not because they reflect a common good but because they are a means by which the individual 's interests can be advanced. In a society of free individuals there will be a multitude of organizations many of which have conflicting goals. They reflect the diversity and pluralism which characterize a society in which people pursue their own interests. Some individuals may join groups which work for the preservation of wilderness areas. Others may join groups which seek to open wilderness areas for recreations. People change their participation in groups as their interests change. The important thing is that communities of various kinds exists only because they are percieved by individuals as a means for satisfying their

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