Precepts to use in everyday life

1. Think for yourself, 2. Be yourself, 3. Speak up, 4. Feel free to agree and disagree, 5. Be honest with yourself and others, 6. Be open-minded, 7. Avoid being judgmental and 8. Question everything - even your own thinking.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Examples

Ethics

Just a week ago, the government published the UK's 'least wanted' list which includes names of people who have been barred from these shores. How do we know who to ban? The criteria for deciding appear to be whether these people promote 'hatred', 'extremism', 'violence' and 'serious criminal activity'. According to an article published on the BBC website, since 2005, the government has had the legal right to ban anyone who they believe will propound their negativity in the UK.

What do you think? Where do we stop? Should we ban asylum seekers? What should we do with our own citizens who perpetrate their negative beliefs? Ship them off somewhere like our ancestors did? Perhaps they should regularly publish a list of MPs expense accounts...

The point is: to what extent is the assertion of the so-called 'right to know' simply an expression of paranoia? How far is it really an attempt to unveil corruption and evil at the root of people's beliefs and actions? Shouldn't we all be entitled to a private life?

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