Basic Ethical Culture Identity

In saying that we are founded on “deed beyond creed,” we acknowledge that there are a number of belief systems which may effectively ground the sorts of “deed” that Ethical Culture makes central.

Although we need not have one creedal philosophy or metaphysics, I also believe that some belief systems and philosophies are more friendly to Ethical Culture and some are less friendly.

The following concepts, I would content, are ones that any philosophy (or belief system or metaphysics) compatible with Ethical Culture must be able to ground, or at least not contradict:

  1. The individual – a human person — has worth
  2. ALL individuals,  not just each “me” – have worth – and are as real as the “I” or “me”
  3. Individuals are both discrete from and interconnected with each other – human existence is social
  4. Human individuals are discrete parts of the universe, interconnected with the rest of the universe – all existence is social
  5. Our choices and actions in the world make a difference – thus, there must be limited determinism and not complete (unlimited) free will nor complete (fatalistic) determinism
  6. Learning, development, evolution must be possible, including in a human’s lifetime and in the long view of humanity’s existence and the existence of the universe of which humans are a part
  7. Some actions are better and some are worse than others, in their impact on the development of the human personality
  8. The universe’s effects and acts on human persons must be predictable (miracles that neutralize ethical consequences are difficult to integrate with ethical responsibility

Have I got them all?  Is it possible to have an Ethical Culture continuous in an evolutionary sense that gives up any of these?

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