Many cultures have tried to describe what love is but there is no one definition for love. Instead what we have are volumes that attempt to describe it, but no concrete definition; the same goes with ethics…at least up until this blog. Love is not a tangible thing, so its hard to empirically prove it exists; it only exists in one’s head. Love is so repeatable throughout cultures, so consistent throughout time, that one has to acknowledge that it exists. It can be fleeting or stand the test of time. It does appear to be inherent to the human condition.
The same holds true for ethics within societies. Societies adherence to ethics can be fleeting or long lasting. Just like love can turn into hate, ethics when gone wrong (poor ethical climates – the lack of adherence to ethics) can turn into sheer terror. If the principles that enable a society to live in relative ethical harmony become perverted, they can lead to the unwinding of the society. When love turns to hate love is not converted, it is dissolved. Love can be defined broadly as an immense respect for another person; hate being the opposite. When ethics goes bad it is a loss of ethics that is the problem; ethics never gets converted into a different form.