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The Capacity to Recognize Unethical Acts

Only when we can distinguish sociocentric thinking from ethical thinking can we begin to develop a conscience that is not equivalent to those values into which we have been socially conditioned. Here are some categories of acts that are unethical in-and-of themselves:

  • SLAVERY: Enslaving people, whether individually or in groups;

  • GENOCIDE: Systematically killing large masses of people;

  • TORTURE: Using torture to obtain a "confession";

  • DENIAL OF DUE PROCESS: Putting persons in jail without telling them the charges against them or providing them with a reasonable opportunity to defend themselves;

  • POLITICALLY MOTIVATED IMPRISONMENT: Putting persons in jail, or otherwise punishing them, solely for their political or religious views;

  • SEXISM: Treating people unequally (and harmfully) in virtue of their gender;

  • RACISM: Treating people unequally (and harmfully) in virtue of their race or ethnicity;

  • MURDER: The pre-meditated killing of people for revenge, pleasure, or to gain advantage for oneself;

  • ASSAULT: Attacking an innocent person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm;

  • RAPE: Forcing an unwilling person to have intercourse;

  • FRAUD: Intentional deception to cause someone to give up property or some right;

  • DECEIT: Representing something as true which one knows to be false in order to gain a selfish end harmful to another;

  • INTIMIDATION: Forcing a person to act against his interest or deter from acting in his interest by threats or acts of violence.

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