This is a letter to the editor I submitted to our local paper (Mattoon, IL). I submitted it yesterday and was surprised to see it in today’s paper.
Letter to editor,
I have often remarked that Illinois is known for two things: taxes and corruption. Some would say the two are intertwined! Perhaps so, but we now have a report that speaks of Illinois, Chicago especially, as the most corrupt in the country; Illinois ranks third in the United States as corrupt. “When it comes to corruption, no state has made quite [the] headlines of Illinois in recent years” (JG-TC, 2/16/2012, pp. 1-2).
How does Illinois or Chicago overcome this vice? One suggestion was to “extend ethic rules” and adopt ethic reforms. This is all well and good, but what is the foundation for these ethics? I have paid particular attention to the many who make use of this word but articulate no foundation upon which the ethics is based.
Many liberals and progressives ask the same question that Pilate asked a great many years ago: “What is truth?” This question will never be answered by them. It’s not that they do not know what truth is – because many do. It’s just that they do not want truth that is objective and transcendent of man. With such an “ethic” before man he will be called to account, and that is more than they want to give thought to. This implies a greater being before whom we must stand and be judged.
No, they want hedonism – where everyone makes their own rules as they go along! Hedonism is a teaching that promotes one’s personal happiness and/or pleasure. A hedonistic ethic can be based on economics and sometimes it is based on choices of another sort: “Does anyone have the right to criticize the parents that choose to abort or those that choose not to abort?”
Since ethics deals with what is good and bad, moral or immoral it’s always proper to ask upon what foundation will one’s ethical code be based. Evidently Chicago and Illinois base their ethics on their own happiness and pleasure!