CS4100 #2

For those stumbling across this on accident, here's part two of my school-mandated blog. For those reading this for school, I continue to advise you not to click on anything not tagged CS4100 for your own mental health.

Make an entry in your blog reflecting on our discussion in class about personal ethics. You might elaborate on things you did not get to talk about in class, give your overall impression of the discussion, identify the highlights of the discussion, or whatever you think would be of interest to others concerning our discussion.

Labeling my own personal brand of ethics is complicated, mostly because it does not fall into a particular label. If pressed, I would say that it is a curious hybrid of traditional stoicisim and pragmatisim, with a touch of deontology sprinkled here and there.

What this basically means is: I, genuinely, don't care what people do so long as they are not hurting themselves or others. This can be a sticky point, because what I consider not hurting might be considered hurting by others, but mostly this means that I don't care what lifestyle choices, ethical systems, and moral structures that others subscribe to unless they encourage suicide, self-harm, or the death, injury, or emotional pain of others. I consider things such as racisim, homophobia, absurd medical bills resulting from a non-socialized healthcare system, and a prision system that is designed to encourage incarseration of minorities and the mentally ill as hurting others.

But, so long as someone isn't doing any of that, I'm genuinely okay with what someone choses to do. Granted, I would prefer that they behaved in a manner that improved society (my deontology showing through), but as long as they leave me to my own devices, I will leave them to their own devices as well.

That being said, I'm somewhat disturbed by the sheer number of classmates who have no idea what they beleive. While college is a time of self-exlporation and discovery, one should at least have a tenative framework from which to work from. This I blame largely on society, which has chosen to focus on test scores than true education. College Gen Ed, while nominally a good idea, fails to actually round many students educations, allowing them to avoid classes that might stimulate the development of their ethics - including many philosopies - in favour of largely pointless coursework that keeps their beliefs from being challenged.

Perhaps I've gotten off track. All I know is what I believe, which is that anyone is free to believe whatever they want so long as they don't hurt themselves or others. I would prefer a better educated and more self-aware society, but until a great deal of underlying problems can be addressed, I have little faith that either will occur anytime soon.