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I was once asked if I knew the difference between an ethical man and a moral man. I was unsure of the answer, which is: An ethical man knows that it is wrong to cheat on his wife; a moral man would not cheat on his wife. It is unfortunate that we have such problems with ethics, morals and values in the United States.

So few understand the philosophical underpinnings of ethics and morality. For example, why is cheating on a spouse immoral? Cheating makes a lie out of the vow to love, honor and cherish. Cheating destroys the trust upon which the family, the basic unit of any society, is based.

This prompts the question of how well any religion has worked. Evidently, many people pay lip service to the moral concepts taught by religions, but do not practice them. Otherwise, there would not be as much cheating and broken promises that have led to the destruction of the nuclear family.

It’s no wonder that the fabric of American society is ripping apart, and we Americans are held in such disrespect and contempt among foreign countries. Many foreign nationals view Americans as hypocritical liars. One sees the hypocrisy raised to a new level by the politicians, especially in Washington, D.C., and this includes the White House.

In The Divine Comedy, Dante assigns Odysseus to the level in the Inferno reserved for liars and dissemblers.

Victoria E. Antonacci

North Augusta, S.C.

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Granddaddy John
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Granddaddy John 05/08/12 - 05:45 am
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WELL SAID,AMEN
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WELL SAID,AMEN

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/08/12 - 06:17 am
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BIGGER PROBLEMS

I think bigger problems come from those who refuse to marry but bring children into the world......they walk away from the responsibilty of raising that child ........& we all suffer from that decision.

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JRC2024 05/08/12 - 06:59 am
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Cheating has always been a

Cheating has always been a way of life in most European countries and from what I understand expected in Italy. Try to do business with the chinese. They tell you one thing and do another from what I have been told and just look at the products they produce with lead and dangerous chemicals-is that ethical ?
As seen it says bigger problems are poor couples that churn out children and have no means to support them.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/08/12 - 07:22 am
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Progressivism and

Progressivism and universalism has made the words "moral" and "ethics" obsolete. Anything moral or ethical is a personal rational choice not an outside standard. So it is moral and ethical for me to fool around on the ball and chain because I've reasoned it out and its Ok with me so it's just gotta be moral. After all the premise of progessives and universalist is we are all basically moral and good. Anything a progressive Dem politician does is moral, ethical and good. Anything a conservative Rep politician does is immoral and unethical because their religion makes them hypocrites.

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Jane18 05/08/12 - 07:37 am
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Most of us do have ethics,

Most of us do have ethics, but, a moral person actually lives his life by those ethics.Talk is cheap, you know the saying, "you can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk"? Well, a moral person walks that walk. To add to seenitB4, and the children of these people suffer most, in so many ways.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/08/12 - 01:34 pm
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Funny all those crazy years

Funny all those crazy years we had the Ten Commandments, Nativity Scenes, Religious symbols, and a majority of Americans claimed Christ and we prospered and have been number one in about everything for decades-Now we reject any mention of God and note the decay-perhaps God is no longer blessing our country since we no longer bless him or ask him to bless us.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 05/08/12 - 03:30 pm
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Biz, I have thought that very

Biz, I have thought that very same thing for years now. But, just try to even suggest that and you will be drawn and quartered by the high and mighty liberals / atheists who will not even give that idea the remotest consideration. How dare you suggest something like that?

But, facts are facts. Funny how this nation started to slide down the tubes when the hippie, free-love, drug-using, hate-America generation came of age and came to power. The ACLU gained more political influence that Christianity, and nothing has been the same since. It will be worse when the children of this generation takes over, I'm afraid.

When God is removed, a vacuum is created. Unfortunately, what we have used to fill that vacuum is not a solution, but is instead digging us a bigger whole that we may never be able to climb out of.

Liberty wins
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Liberty wins 05/08/12 - 04:21 pm
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The good news is that we have

The good news is that we have hope for a change back to what made us strong morally and ethically. We also have a millennium generation preparing to take the helm who I believe, as a majority, recognized the evil unfolding before their eyes and sought the right path. This old guy is very encouraged by them and I believe they will restore this Nation.
I would only hope they would never perceive a religious hypocrite, sadly with misdirected faith. Man will always fail you but God never will. That is the promise.

my.voice
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my.voice 05/08/12 - 08:49 pm
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Grammar check, HAS crumbled.

Grammar check, HAS crumbled.

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