My personal ethics are both simple to describe and also simple to
apply. They are not laws or rules; they are principles and statements to
guide me in my ethical decisions. My ethics are situational. They force
me to consider each situation on its own merits. I recognize that rules
and laws are imperfect distillations of principles, and may lead one to
decisions which are possibly unethical for that specific situation. I
use certain general statements about life as guides and reminders for
good ethical decisions. My guiding principles and reminders:
- Do no harm.
- Love others; they are yourself.
- Find the truth and follow it.
- Know yourself; Love yourself, Be true to yourself.
- You can only have as much regard for others as you have for
- Life is learning and daring and attempting.
- Life is good. The world is good.
- Our feelings, thoughts, and desires can be trusted as guides to
action, if considered in their totality.
- Our body, mind, and spirit are all valid expressions of the
- We are all part of the divine.
- No one is perfect, nor should they be so, or even try to be so.
- Everyone is a work in progress.
- There is no script for life to hold one another to.
- History is a guide; so is the present and the future.
- Try to remain in harmony with your environment. When it is hurt,
we are hurt.
- Today each one of us begins anew. No one is experienced in the
present or in the future, regardless of age.
- There are many paths to the top of the mountain.