Saturday, October 11th, 2014
This will be the first in a series of posts regarding Morality. Some time ago I read Henry Sedgwick’s The Method of Ethics. I found this to be a quite intriguing read that resulted in numerous reflective moments. I begin in chapter one…
“…moral action is often the Rightuess of the action itself and not any ulterior consequences, and that this is known intuitively in each case or class of cases;” as he continues and frames mans pursuit of morality he “…prefer[s] to consider Ethics as the science or study of what ought to be, so far as this depends upon the voluntary action of individuals.”
This initial distinction reconciles with my personal thoughts in that, morality is the concept and ethics is its application in practice. As a moralist one has a practical aim: they desire knowledge of right conduct in order to act on it. Derived from reflection one can seek unity of principle and work to find a consistency of methods at the risk of uncovering a paradox. Whereas, the dogmatic is apt to hold different principles at once, in a more or less confused combination.
“…hold that men, in so far as they attempt to make their conduct rational, do so, naturally and habitually, upon different principles and by different methods. I admit, of course, as a fundamental postulate of Ethics, that either these methods must be reconciled and harmonized, or all but one of them rejected.” The act of justification is heavy in man’s logic. With each subsequent re-framing of act, to align with ones narrative, portions of reality trickle away from the onslaught of reconciled time.
“At the same time I am not without hope of affording aid towards the construction of such a system; because it seems easier to judge of the conflicting claims of different modes of thought, after an impartial and rigorous investigation of the conclusions to which they logically lead.” As this will aid us as we embark to devise a method of which to apply the ethics of morality.
Part two to follow shortly…
Monday, August 11th, 2014
Today is a dedication of recording thought. Often I find my mind drifting among philosophical chatter. I try to reflect back on those thoughts and wonder if there is any actual clarity to the presence of narrative as it generates. Also, in my efforts I want to explore any bias that is present that would influence the framing, adoption, or rejection of thoughts as they pertain to the establishment of larger concept adoption.
My plan is to start a thought reflection piece and see if the application of these philosophical thoughts have any true ramifications on my actions within the relationships I have.
As I listen to lectures, read books or listen to material I want to record the thoughts generated from these concepts and track their progression as they pertain to the larger concepts of life.
I invite you to join me in conversation, in addition, in response to, reply to, or to add on to any thoughts shared and lessons learned.
Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
Newly switched into a rigorous electives program and my old hallway connections now severed I found myself amidst a new crew of soon to be cohorts. Being one guy in a group of six women was an interesting mix however to my surprise being Canadian, liking musicals and being willing to sit and listen softened my entry into the well established group dynamic. The 20 or so minutes the lunch crew shared each day was time too short in the moment to realize the breadth of impact the smattering of conversations had on viewpoints. Sometimes the conversation was quite focused as all waited patiently to share and balance out the content so to not fall victims of confirmation bias and group think, as other times lunch was a blurred crossfire of a multitude of topics some of which cannot be repeated in fear of HR and other times we solved the worlds problems.
The lunch crew congealed into a cohesive ingroup layered with inside jokes, group secrets, nicknames and shared understandings of varying contexts respected by all participants. At times more serious tones of support through life’s trials led our dialogue and no matter how varied the advice one would always feel listened to and accepted.
As a newly married man I paid special attention to the “husband talk” to see how wives viewed their significant others actions, sorry no secrets revealed here as this is not a gossip column, and how situations were worked out. I may not know or understand all the inner workings of the “wife perspective” nor should one man ever attempt this type of mental gymnastics but the lunch crew did provide new elements of perspective, appreciation and moments of reflection of my own input into my marriage. As an individual not directly involved in the situations discussed this enabled me to hear how situations emerged, were dealt with and the subsequent thoughts derived from the event impacted the relationship. It is this newly gained “wife perspective” more than anything I cherish from my time with the lunch crew.
As this year reaches its end the lunch crew is hit with a double whammy. One member is leaving the workplace for a better opportunity and the schedules of the remaining lunch crew no longer match. It is a solemn time for the crew but the time shared and gains in perspective will never be lost. A life lesson learned: be open as no matter what your thoughts or perspectives may be, listen, speak gently and accept those around you for who they are… a great lunch crew.