The Bill Of Ethics
Organizations of all types can use it to amend or define their founding constitutions or by-laws.
We, the undersigned officers constituting a quorum of (Name of Organization)___________________________ do hereby adopt the following "Bill of Ethics" as the highest priority policy for governing all our future actions and procedures, both in our dealings with those outside our organization and in our relationships with members and/or employees within our ranks. Henceforth all other written and unwritten rules of conduct for persons associated with this organization shall be understood, reinterpreted, or if need be revised to conform to the definitions and principles stated in this Bill of Ethics.
ARTICLE 1: Philosophy & Rationale of This Bill of Ethics
1.1 WHEREAS this organization exists for the pursuit of ethical purposes by ethical means;
1.2 WHEREAS the charter of this organization establishes the right of its officers to alter and reform governing policies as they may think proper; and
1.3 WHEREAS the officers and members and of this organization have expressed their belief that the establishment of a Bill of Ethics would substantially promote the rights and well-being of all who come in contact with this organization;
1.4 THEREFORE the policy of this organization is hereby amended, this Bill of Ethics being appended thereto.
ARTICLE 2: Definitions
2.1 We believe it to be self evident that people are neither "good" nor "evil" except as their acts are "good" or "evil"
2.2 And that a person's actions are "good" (or equivalently "just" or "ethical") if they increase the creativity of at least one person, including the person acting, without limiting or diminishing the creativity of any person, including the person acting.
2.3 Since creativity is the product of ethical awareness and intelligence (as symbolized by the equation: C = EI) there are two ways an act may increase creativity.
2.3.1 An act may increase creativity by increasing someone's ethical awareness, degree of personal evolution, love, and/or growth, these creativity enhancers being logical equivalents of one another, in that any act which increases one of them must necessarily increase the others, and vice-versa;
2.3.2 An act may increase creativity by increasing the intelligence of any person who uses their intelligence creatively rather than destructively; where access to objective truth, access to energy, and freedom are enhancers of intelligence, since they increase one's ability to predict and control the environment or to initiate and maintain causal relationships between events in the observable world.
2.4 The lists of equivalent creativity enhancers given above are incomplete. There may in fact be an unlimited number of such equivalencies that apply. Hereinafter we shall use the words, "ethical awareness" to include all of its logical equivalents, and the word "intelligence" to similarly encompass all of its logical equivalents. The word "creativity" will be used to encompass both the preceding sets of resources, the distinctions between the two sets being duly noted.
2.5 From the preceding it follows logically that it is ethical to limit or reduce a person's intelligence in order to stop or prevent that person from acting destructively (unethically). This is generally accomplished ethically by limiting or reducing that individual's access to intelligence enhancers.
2.6 Where by "person" is meant any being having awareness of its own awareness... thus excluding those lower forms of life whose actions are merely "natural"; and to whom this Bill of Ethics does not apply.
2.7 And acts which limit or reduce another person's creativity (or any of the equivalent resources listed in Section 2.2 above) are - with the exception explained in Section 2.5 above - generally "bad", or equivalently "evil", "unethical", or "entropic"
2.8 And further, that good and evil acts by aware beings fall on an ethical continuum... where the best (most ethical)acts are those which contribute the most to the evolution of an individual or a group... and the worst (most unethical) are those which most increase the entropy (chaos or disorder) thereof;
2.9 And still further, that acts which are not "ethical" according to Section 2.2 above and which are not "unethical" according to Section 2.7 above may be said to be "ethically neutral", "innocent", "trivial", or merely "natural".
ARTICLE 3: Principles
3.01 From the foregoing self-evident truths we infer that to act ethically each person must do his/her utmost to maximize creativity and its equivalents;
3.02 That ethical actions always increase someone's creativity;
3.03 And that ethical actions never destroy, limit, or diminish anyone's creativity except as described in Section 2.5 above.
3.04 And from the foregoing we infer that unethical means can never achieve ethical ends... this principle rejecting the notion that we can ethically sacrifice the creativity of the individual for the "greater good" of society, the "many", and so forth; from which it follows that:
3.05 Unethical means always produce unethical results (ends); trivial means always produce trivial results at best; and similarly
3.06 Means which are not ethical ends in themselves are never ethical;
3.07 From the foregoing it is also apparent that inaction is unethical. Creativity cannot be passively expanded or increased... this must be done actively to overcome entropic destruction inherent in the Second Law of Thermodynamics. This principle is basically equivalent to the adage that, "For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing."
3.08 It also follows that it is unethical to tolerate unethical behavior. To do so is to violate Section 3.07 above. For this reason we are ethically bound to defend ourselves and others actively against injury or deceit when we or they are imminently imperiled by another's unethical behavior; from which:
3.08.1 It follows that it is unethical to augment the creativity of anyone whom one reasonably believes will use such augmented resources unethically... and it is therefore ethical to withhold the augmentation of creative resources from anyone whose ethical commitment one reasonably distrusts; and furthermore:
3.09 It is ethical to learn and unethical to be certain. When we close our minds on a subject we cease to learn... to increase our own awareness and creativity. Learning always increases creativity; and
3.10 It is ethical to doubt. Ceasing to have doubts about a subject we become certain about it and have ceased to learn. Doubts create new questions ...some of which yield new answers. Doubt is one of the cornerstones of creativity.
ARTICLE 4: Laws, Rules And Regulations
|The foregoing Bill of ethics is intended for the formal use of contracts, bylaws, and constitutions - legal purposes generally.|
© 1993 by Podolsky and Sulliger
Most Recent Revision: 8/13/2008