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PostEthics in History...and my Memoirs (Robert Whealey, USA, 08/31/17 4:16 am)
Carmen Negrín (August 30th) raised an important question: "How does one define ethics in history?"
As one who sympathizes with Spanish democracy, I define this in my draft memoir in the Table of Contents below.
There are Jewish ethics and Christian ethics. See especially the Section on Civilizations.
Returning to my manuscript, I invite questions or suggestions for improving the style.
Democracy requires a continual debate within each nation-state in the EU and within each of the 50 states in the US.
The Constitution of the US guarantees the free exercise of individuals to a free religion. This includes
Atheists. Like Voltaire, I am a skeptic about life after death. Carl Sagan, an astronomer, was a rationalist
and an atheist. My ethics are limited to Newton's solar system.
JE comments: Thanks, Robert! At 420 pages, this is a most impressive book-in-the-making. Is the draft complete?
The Table of Contents lists treatises on politics, philosophy of history, comparative civilizations, and religion. Where is the part about you, Robert? Shouldn't you rethink the title "Memoirs" and go with something more accurate, such as "Keep Thinking: A Historian's 80 Years of Reflection"?
Finally, how do you address the often non-democratic nature of political Christianity, which in the US is monopolized by the Evangelical Right?
Finishing One's Memoirs
(Robert Whealey, USA
09/01/17 4:48 AM)
No, to answer John E, the draft of my memoirs will never be complete.
But the Sections from FDR to Reagan are reasonably complete. I am working on Section 11 on Governor Dukakis right now, since I know him personally. Part II on Religions and Civilizations is reasonably complete. I may live 1, 2, 5 even 10 more years. When I die, I hope my daughter Alice will find an editor.
Trump is in an Epilogue.
I make no predictions about his future and the fate of the Constitution.
JE comments: Hang in there, Robert! As our Illustrious Founder Ronald Hilton often said, WAIS needs you. (I'm going to append the 1915 Kitchener poster. It's a classic. Just replace "your country" with WAIS. As a matter of fact, can anyone do this for us with Photoshop or equivalent? Kitchener would be the perfect poster child for WAISdom's next fundraiser--he's stern, authoritarian, and motivational.)
And yes: Trump is an epilogue...but to what?