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Reflections on Ethics 104
Morality comes from looking outwards, not inwards.

by: John Tyrrell

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Recently, a US Senator changed his position on same sex marriage, largely because his son outed himself to his parents as gay and changed his father's mind.

Other Senators on record as opposing gay marriage were questioned as to whether they would change their minds. One of them replied:

“I’m not gay. So I’m not going to marry one.”

One Senator takes a stand based on what he sees as best for his immediate family; another based on what he sees as best for himself.

Is this any way to legislate on moral issues? Should a own personal situation be the deciding factor? Should a family situation?

As far as I'm concerned this should not be the way to decide what is right and wrong, and most certainly should not be the way to decide which issues should be legislated as right or wrong.

There has to be a recognition of the situation of others - indeed empathy with others - if we are going to make moral decisions. It's not necessarily going to give us the right answer every time, but it's bound to be better than making such decisions solely on our own self interest.

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