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THE SOUL OF LIBERTY: “The Universal Ethic of Freedom and Human Rights” By Fred E. Foldvary

THE SOUL OF LIBERTY The Universal Ethic of Freedom and Human Rights. By Fred E. Foldvary Fred Foldvary‘s publications, papers, manuscripts Below are excerpts from the book THE SOUL OF LIBERTY with some words to a few sentences added or altered by me not to vandalize his book’s writing, rather to offer what I liked presented by me kind of in my way so enjoy and please by his bok I loved it. For freedom and human rights to mean anything, they must be specific principles founded on the bedrock of a fixed ethic. “Harm” should not be whatever the authorities don’t happen to like, but must be defined by the ethics in a manner that can be applied to all moral issues. Ethics is to human relations what health is to live. The rules of health tell us how to avoid sickness and death, and the rules of ethics tell us how to be free from social illness, injustice, exploitation, and crime. We must start with dignity and self-ownership for all in this endeavor. Our political, economic, and social problems are ultimately moral questions. Consider these examples: Do people have a right to food, shelter, and health services? Is abortion moral? Do parents have the right to raise their children as they wish? Should couples be allowed to marry and divorce at will? How should scarce resources be distributed? Should writing or art ever be censored? Should prostitution be prohibited or restricted? Should there be any laws at all concerning sex? Should people be allowed to ingest any drug they wish? Do animals have any rights? Are extremes of...

How Do I Gain a Morality Persuasion or Make a Change to it?

How Do I Gain a Morality Persuasion or Make a Change to it?   First, I have heard it stated that Morality does not really exist. True, it does not exist in the way that it’s not a thing, so it does not in some tangible way exist any more than the feeling of fear or love exist, it’s an emotional intelligence awareness of the sensitivity to the appropriateness of actions and their potential outcomes. To better grasp, a naturalistic morality one should see the perspective of how there is a self-regulatory effect on the self-evaluative moral emotions, such as shame and guilt. Broadly conceived, self-regulation distinguishes between two types of motivation: approach/activation and avoidance/inhibition. one should conceptually understand the socialization dimensions (parental restrictiveness versus nurturance), associated emotions (anxiety versus empathy), and forms of morality (proscriptive versus prescriptive) that serve as precursors to each self-evaluative moral emotion. “Moral frameworks rely on what is “right” and “makes sense.” Some blatantly protective examples are “it is wrong to murder” or “it is wrong to steal.” These statements, however, stand in contrast to statements such as “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” where the moral sensibility is obvious but the actual follow-through rate is very low indeed. Why is the follow-through rate so low in certain cases and what are the implications of this? Brain imaging studies do in fact show that morality may be built into the nature of who we are – at a biological level. The studies show that the “accountant” of the brain that weighs risks and benefits is a central part of a network...

Folk Logic: YOU CAN’T PROVE A NEGATIVE because you can PROVE A NEGATIVE

[Antireligionist] My blogs that address Religion: Archaeology, Anthropology, Philosophy and History “The A Priori Argument Fallacy (also, Rationalization; Dogmatism, Proof Texting.): A corrupt argument from logos, starting with a given, pre-set belief, dogma, doctrine, scripture verse, “fact” or conclusion and then searching for any reasonable or reasonable-sounding argument to rationalize, defend or justify it. Certain ideologues and religious fundamentalists are proud to use this fallacy as their primary method of “reasoning” and some are even honest enough to say so.”  http://utminers.utep.edu/omwilliamson/engl1311/fallacies.htm Religion vs. Science, Don’t Confuse Beliefs  THINKING TOOLS: YOU CAN PROVE A NEGATIVE By Steven D. Hales It is widely believed that you can’t prove a negative. Some people even think that it is a law of logic—you can’t prove that Santa Claus, unicorns, the Loch Ness Monster, God, pink elephants, WMD in Iraq and Bigfoot don’t exist. This widespread belief is flatly, 100% wrong. In this little essay, I show precisely how one can prove a negative, to the same extent that one can prove anything at all. Ref Thinking Tools is a regular feature that introduces tips and pointers on thinking clearly and rigorously. A principle of folk logic is that one can’t prove a negative. Dr. Nelson L. Price, a Georgia minister, writes on his website that ‘one of the laws of logic is that you can’t prove a negative.’ Julian Noble, a physicist at the University of Virginia, agrees, writing in his ‘Electric Blanket of Doom’ talk that ‘we can’t prove a negative proposition.’ University of California at Berkeley Professor of Epidemiology Patricia Buffler asserts that ‘The reality is that we can never prove the negative, we can never prove the lack of effect,...

Yes, Karma is the Same Old Nonsense

Yes, Karma is the same old nonsense… kar·ma: Sanskrit meaning fate, work Just-World phenomenon is like Karma From the definition of karma, the ‘amounts’ of goodwill/actions and badwill/actions which are reportedly stored in some way to somewhere to be carried over to a next life or are carried on to a next life. Consider what would need to exist in order for the good/badwill/actions to actually work, now how is this not some unjustified blind faith without any valid and/or reliable reason and evidence? “YOUR KARMA IS YOUR OWN DOING (like sin)” “Every person is responsible for his or her acts and thoughts, so each person’s karma is entirely his or her own. Occidentals see the operation of karma as fatalistic. But that is far from true since it is in the hands of an individual to shape his own future by schooling his present. Hindu philosophy, which believes in life after death, holds the doctrine that if the karma of an individual is good enough, the next birth will be rewarding, and if not, the person may actually devolve and degenerate into a lower life form. In order to achieve good karma, it is important to live life according to dharma or what is right. THREE KINDS OF KARMA: According to the ways of life chosen by a person, his karma can be classified into three kinds. The satvik karma, which is without attachment, selfless and for the benefit of others; the rajasik karma, which is selfish where the focus is on gains for oneself; and the tamasik karma, which is undertaken without heed to consequences, and is supremely selfish and savage. In this context, Dr. D N Singh in...

New Testament: bigotry, cruelty, sexism, slavery, racism, etc.

New Testament: bigotry “But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.” – 1 John 2:11 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters–yes, even their own life–such a person cannot be my disciple (jesus talking).” – Luke 14:26 “Identifying logical weaknesses in an argument can serve as an effective way of analyzing its ideas.” Master List of Logical Fallacies Is the Christian God Evil? Evidence from Scripture and Nature By Vexen Crabtree The Old Testament God is Evil God Creates Evil Regardless of Human Free Will Satan and God are Interchangeable Fear God Adam and Eve and Original Sin: The Immoral Schemes of God Violence and Murder Endorsed in the Old Testament The New Testament Tells us that the Old Testament God is Evil The New Testament God is Also Evil: More Genocides and Divine Incitements of Murder God Destroys Families Rebellious and Stubborn Sons Jesus and the New Testament Jesus and the Crucifixion – A Trick No Free Will in the New Testament Sowing Seeds of Confusion – Not the Antics of a Good God The Problem of Evil Links   No Free Will in the New Testament “The Bible teaches that there is no free will. Examining Exodus, Ecclesiastes 7, Ephesians 1, Ephesians 2, Matthew 5:45, Acts 13, Romans 8, Roman 9, 2 Timothy, 2 Thessalonians, Titus 3:4-5and Revelations, we see that God’s plan overrides our free will; those that do good do the specific good that God predestined them to do, and all others are ruled by Satan because God...

[Antireligionist] My blogs that address Religion: Archaeology, Anthropology, Philosophy and History

I am an antireligionist & I Believe Archaeology not Myths The value (axiology) of archaeology (empirical evidence) is knowledge (epistemology) of the past adding to our intellectual (rational) reality of actual events. On the other hand, myths (collection of stories) inaccurate accounts of the past or tails to establish thinking or behaviors, supporting faith (nonrationality) in some unreal belief, behavior or creative fiction of non-events or actual events. I can’t stand when people try to say that atheism and religion use faith. We atheists, have archaeology that proves religion is a lie, so no faith is needed. Moreover, We atheists, have science which shows that every mystery has ever turned out to be nature and not magic. There is nothing that the only explanation is magic or supernatural anything, so for religion, it has no evidence at all. All religion has is faith without any proof and do not try to say that atheism is anything like that. I was once asked what do you think about religion in schools? To me, I would first like to ask, “Why would you teach traditional conspiracy theories of reality, such as religion, when you are at a facility like a school for the learning of truth?” I do not want any religion in schools but if religion is going to be taught in school, I think it should be taught as historical mythology. Religion is not about truth, it’s about indoctrinated faith. Do you really believe that even if clear documents demonstrate that Jesus had said he was not god, that they would stop all Belief, not hardly as it’s not about truth?...