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  • Thinking Ethics was a project launched in Geneva to foster the debate about ethics. A few friends, fed up with only reading about abuses in the media, decided to hold a forward-looking seminar on five subjects: ethics and performance, ethics and knowledge, ethics and consciousness, ethics and disobedience and ethics in real time. If moral has to do with right and wrong, then ethics is its application in society. We believe that people need to talk about the subject to determine the level of ethics they want. The book Thinking Ethics, a result of the seminar, is to start the discussion. This blog is a contribution to the conversation.


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January 20, 2008


George E. Scheller

I am not against consumption, but I believe a certain relationship should be built up between a person and article acquired. I love my tea pot and was most irritable when the handle was knicked and I had to get a new one. A relationship of over 20 years went to tatters, will this one last? My sugar pot was bought 35 years ago in a Nagoya porcelaine shop.

It reminds me of my broken tea pot.

Respect for a utensil brings about a way of handling the utensil. The lack of such care brings about "over consumption".

regards George


This is a great concept! I'd like to try it, though maybe start out small and try not to buy anything new for a month and then set my goals higher after I'd accomplished this. I fell this would definitely be a good way to become free from shopping and find some other more interesting and enriching things to do with my time. Plus who doesn't want to save some money??

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