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A man that puts himself on the ground of moral principle, if the whole world be against him, is mightier than all of them.

Plato's Myth of the Ring of Gyges is outlined and discussed

disturbing about this myth is the morality related to ..

The more famous version of the Pandora myth comes from another of Hesiod's poems, Works and Days
The social arrangements that produce responsibility arearrangements that create coercion, of some sort. Consider bankrobbing. The man who takes money from a bank acts as if the bankwere a commons. How do we prevent such action? Certainly not bytrying to control his behavior solely by a verbal appeal to hissense of responsibility. Rather than rely on propaganda we followFrankel's lead and insist that a bank is not a commons; we seekthe definite social arrangements that will keep it from becominga commons. That we thereby infringe on the freedom of would-berobbers we neither deny nor regret.

The Christian myth is just another one of many ..

Morality is the theory that every human act must be either right or wrong, and that 99% of them are wrong.
Coercion is a dirty word to most liberals now, but it need notforever be so. As with the four-letter words, its dirtiness canbe cleansed away by exposure to the light, by saying it over andover without apology or embarrassment. To many, the word coercionimplies arbitrary decisions of distant and irresponsiblebureaucrats; but this is not a necessary part of its meaning. Theonly kind of coercion I recommend is mutual coercion, mutuallyagreed upon by the majority of the people affected.

 

Lewis argued for objective truth and morality against the ..

And will you take it upon yourself to define with perfect accuracy in what the advantage of a man consists?
These myths are told to the neophytes during their initiation. Or rather, they are "performed," that is, re-enacted. "When the youths go through the various initiation ceremonies [their instructors] perform a series of ceremonies before them; these, though carried out exactly like those of the cult proper—except for certain characteristic particulars—do not aim at the multiplication and growth of the totem in question but are simply intended to show those who are to be raised, or have just been raised, to the rank of men the way to perform these cult rituals." ()

More precisely, ethical relativism denies that there is a single moral standard, which applies to all people, all times, and all places.
Every man then is caught in what Bateson has called a"double bind." Bateson and his co-workers have made aplausible case for viewing the double bind as an importantcausative factor in the genesis of schizophrenia. The double bind may not always be so damaging, but it alwaysendangers the mental health of anyone to whom it is applied."A bad conscience," said Nietzsche, "is a kind ofillness."


How "The Self-Made Man" Myth Feeds the American Dream

The long-term disadvantage of an appeal to conscience shouldbe enough to condemn it; but it has serious short-termdisadvantages as well. If we ask a man who is exploiting acommons to desist "in the name of conscience," what arewe saying to him? What does he hear? -- not only at the momentbut also in the wee small hours of the night when, half asleep,he remembers not merely the words we used but also the nonverbalcommunication cues we gave him unawares? Sooner or later,consciously or subconsciously, he senses that he has received twocommunications, and that they are contradictory: 1. (intendedcommunication) "If you don't do as we ask, we will openlycondemn you for not acting like a responsible citizen"; 2.(the unintended communication) "If you behave aswe ask, we will secretly condemn you for a simpleton who can beshamed into standing aside while the rest of us exploit thecommons."

Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth by Audrey Truschke

It is a mistake to think that we can control the breeding ofmankind in the long run by an appeal to conscience. CharlesGalton Darwin made this point when he spoke on the centennial ofthe publication of his grandfather's great book. The argument isstraightforward and Darwinian.

Thomas Jefferson: the Man, the Myth, and the Morality

Unfortunately this is just the course of action that is beingpursued by the United Nations. In late 1967, some thirty nationsagreed to the following: "The Universal Declaration of HumanRights describes the family as the natural and fundamental unitof society. It follows that any choice and decision with regardto the size of the family must irrevocably rest with the familyitself, and cannot be made by anyone else.''