Ethics and Virtues in Society - Daniel Murray. What causes problems in society and what moral shortcomings or vitues are missing to cause those problems.

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It seems like such a simple idea, the golden rule as it is commonly referred to, to treat people how you would like to be treated. Yet, in our society it seems to only be followed when it serves to benefit us in some way. For me this is the only rule, it is the law above laws, it is what should govern us all.

It doesn't take much to see this idea completely thrown out of our society, just walk down the street. This person is cutting off that person, that person laying on his horn so some old lady can move out of their way. All in the hopes that maybe we can make things easier or go a little faster. As one of my would-be wise friends once said, "Do unto others how they do to me". What does this solve though? How does this serve to make this world better? This simply truth is that it doesn't, it can never be "do to them how they do me, eye for an eye" it must be "do to them how I would have it done to me".

If this becomes our motivation we can begin to eliminate wrongdoing and injustice, we begin to stop the cycle of repetitive disrespect towards one another.

I suppose when it comes down to it, it is simply a matter of common love for one another that I see missing from our society. It is a failure for us to see each other as something that is the same and not different, brothers and sisters in a human family. In my opinion everyone wants to feel loved, respected, and important. The problem begins when we are not willing to give those things to others as much as we want them for...