I have a personal code of ethics. I first attended an introduction to basic ethics in 1979, at university. Ethics was part of the curriculum of the final year for my bachelor degree of architecture. It was however, only three short lectures. I have studied it more since.
Ethics comes from the same root word as ethos. My 1982 Australian Oxford dictionary has the root of the word as Greek, meaning natural. I will take this to suggest that ethics is something that is native to one’s inner self.
Ethics cannot be imposed or regulated other that from one’s inner self.
I have read many great texts over the decades, by far greater minds than mine. But what I have done here is incorporate some of those great ideas as my own.
This coded summary is also a philosophy, meaning, a seeking of wisdom or knowledge. That word derives from philo (sophia wisdom, from sophos meaning wise.)
So, to live well, be healthy, and to live a good life, I have accumulated my own philosophy. This is the short version. Do not be too literal when reading these points. Also, it may not be possible to keep all these points perfectly. But one can at least try.
A Simple Code
1. Do not do or say anything to another that you would not be happy to have done or said to yourself. On the other hand, be sure you do and say to others what you would like another do and say to yourself. This point also applies to all the following points.
2. Do not lie. Lies create confusion. This includes white lies. It is better to not say anything than to state any kind of lie.
3. Follow the laws of where you live. Influence others to do the same.
4. Maintain your own personal integrity. Do what is right, do what is fair, and do good.
5. Be successful. Find out what your inner desire is to be most successful at. Follow that purpose while applying the other points on this page.
6. Understand that work is an opportunity to give back to society from which you have been drawing upon since birth. And for that, you get paid. Delight and indulge in work.
7. Money has an innate purpose. Follow that purpose. If you use something for other than its innate purpose, you can be unhappy. For example, if you try to drive your car across the surface of a lake, in all likelihood you will not be happy.
Money’s innate purpose is to help all life for the greater good. It is definitely there to help you. But it is also there to help your family, help society, and help the environment and all life within it.
Happiness is when you get the help you need. Joy is when you help others that need help.
So, make money and use it for its innate purpose.
What Success Comes From
8. There are three pillars for success. Firstly there is simply, hard work. So, the more hard work you do, the more success you will experience, all else being equal.
The second pillar is education, aptitude, and intelligence. This includes learning your trade and profession more. It includes increasing your knowledge, improving your IQ. It might also mean to learn about life, and understand why people are the way they are.
The third pillar is simply luck. You can both increase your luck, and lower it. If you get luck, and you will, and you use that luck to give other life luck, you will probably receive more luck again.
These three pillars are such that as one goes higher, so do the others. They are interlinked. And likewise, as one pillar collapses, so do the others.
A Life’s Path
9. Each life could be said to be on its own path. But travelling your path is not easy. Everyone has their own way. But there is an algorithm to the structure of that path.
Consider that path as being atop a high levee bank. It may not be on a straight and narrow course. It may also be difficult to see ahead. And it may also have a dark and occluded future. But it is your path. And the levee sides are often gently sloping, easy to descend down.
On one down side of the path is a vast swamp with crocodiles. If you do something you knew you should not have done, even in hindsight, you can find yourself deep in that swamp. You are then attacked by a forever feeling of guilt. Avoid that guilt.
On the other side of your levee is an ocean of surf and man eating sharks. This is the emotion of resentment. It tears at your flesh, chewing on you emotionally like a quiet unseen cancer within.
It is hard to get rid of resentment. And soon others might avoid you. You get lonely. It may even seem you might never be rid of it. But that is because its roots are not in what others have done to you. Rather, the roots are in what you have done to others.
For many experiences which you resent, that someone did to you, carefully analyze your past. You might find what you have done to someone else.
And lastly, the crocodile swamp of guilt always precedes the shark infested ocean of resentment.
So stay on the high path.
10. The cosmos and universe however have tools for life. Understand them and you could be happy again, even do great things.
One of the better tools may be the power of apology. It is like a big wand. You can wave it over those you have badly affected. Each time you sincerely apologize, you help that other person. And in so doing, you can also help yourself be free.
So apologize to others often when it is needed, and also be willing to accept the apologies of others. That then helps the person who hurt you.
If you live the above, or try to, you will to that degree, make a better world. And then you, as life, will be eligible to receive greater luck in return.