Will you be going back to worship? Places of worship can open again. People can get married again. One of saddest things for me has been couples having to postpone their wedding day. But marriage not seen as essential now to live together it was before but why not now? Values change. What values have changed in the pandemic? What ethical dilemmas have arisen in your life? Of course ethics is about choices and the way we make them. How do you make your ethical choices?
‘Healthy Scepticism’ is a trait I quite enjoy using! It can be hard not to sound too negative or cynical but scepticism can be a useful tool. I remember once hearing about a child watching a TV advert about peas. The advert said ‘We do Better Peas!’(No rude jokes please) to which the child responded ‘I don’t expect they are better peas they’re probably only saying that to make us buy them’. Healthy Scepticism! We need this when we hear people talking or setting out their position or is this just me?
Talking about peas the song ‘Where is the Love?’ was sung by the Black Eyed Peas. As a person of Faith (although I’m sure you don’t have to be to feel the same) I like to think that Love is the answer and looking for ‘Where is the love?’ helps me in decision making. That of course always sounds a bit twee but for me it helps. What is love? Well for me love is displayed in the life of Jesus but we all have some idea of what love looks like. We may have a set of examples or facets we think love is composed of. We might even come up with guideline/aims of what love should entail. I think love is a good theme to explore in ethical behaviour. Love is something which is freely given and never bought although you might try to. It can be painful and sacrificial but gives us contentment and true joy. How can love be factored into ethical decisions? Do you think it should be? Marriage may have a set of guidelines but it needs love to succeed.
We remember that the study of Ethics does indicate guidelines. Many problems arise from the lack of positive and inspiring aims. The finding of such aims can be a potent force for dropping harmful actions and integrating personalities and groups in pursuit of constructive actions. However that change is brought about by people and all social change is preceded by changed attitudes of people. Is this where love comes in? We hope at NIBE we can explore this with all our partners and of course YOU!
Canon Glyn Evans – Director of NIBE