MY LIFETIME FOCUS REMAINS THE HUMANITIES. AFTER MANY YEARS OF ACADEMIC WRITING AND A TWO-YEAR LAYOFF FROM BLOGGING, I HAVE RE-KINDLED MY INTEREST IN THE NONFICTION GENRE. I ENJOY POSTING A GREAT DEAL ABOUT THE HUMAN CONDITION FROM MY PERSPECTIVE AND WELCOME ALL COMMENTS FROM READERS.
Here is a not-so-novel idea for helping to cure what appears to be the rapid decline of general morality on the planet we share.
The Greek philosopher, Socrates (469-399 BC), is a household
name, but few people outside of academia seem to appreciate his greatest
contributions to the Western world.
Philosophy is generally divided into Metaphysics, the study
of the nature of reality, Epistemology, the study of knowledge, and Ethics, the
study of morality. Notice I wrote morality, not religion.
Morality is all about how I should treat you and how I ought
to be treated by you in a civilized society. While the Greek father of Western
philosophy never wrote anything, this concept from his teachings shaped the
attitudes of Europe and beyond for thousands of years.
Recently, I have felt that this simple ancient idea of doing
unto others is Greek to our society. The simple idea of studying how we should
treat one another is the cement that has held us together for centuries.