this thread was inspired by craig's why be ethical? question. i was asked to contribute to it and i did as best as i could, but imho, it is not a proper question because it is not operational in concept. in other words, it can be answered in so many meaningless ways, that it becomes impractical to bother with it.
the question, should we behave ethically?, however, is more operational in that you can actually say something that can lead to practical action.
in this thread, any well-thought out contribution will have its link placed in this opening post with a very brief synopsis of its content. please provide rational arguments, deductive or inductive, based on religious teachings or otherwise.
please do not just spew out stuff that has no substance full of faith-based foolishness.
- jacob's article negative preference morality argues that The Golden Rule provides a constructive, objective basis for moral behavior. link
- jelle provides some good college material on ethics. link
- ethical behavior can spawn ethical behavior (and visa versa). link
- sangeeta provides a powerful post on the importance of action. link