Monday, April 11, 2005

A Word on Jane Fonda

Is a moral person an ethical person? Not necessarily so, especially when, by definition, morality is a set of standards dtermined by what a society determines is right or wrong and ethics are a set of standards ingrained in a person by his/her upbringing, time and circumstances. The morals of society change with the tides and only your personal ethics will determine if what society and the government of that society is up to is right or wrong-- and your ethics will determine whether you will go along or you will let your personal ethical code steer your course of action.

Case in point: Jane Fonda. Her personal ethics were anti-war and she therefore took a stance against the Vietnam war (or what moralists called a 'police action'). Whatever it was called, it cost us a monumental loss of fathers, brothers, sisters and sons and daughters. Most women's ethical code is anti-war; most men, especially men in government, deem war as a necessity whether predicated on territorial acquistion, religious zeal or (the old standby) 'protecting our interests' which nowdays means 'oil' no matter how vehemently the far right decries that assertion. Sadly, most women, bowing to the power of politics and the 'Moral Majority', forsake their personal ethics and acquiesce to the majority. Jane Fonda took a stand on Vietnam based on her personal ethics and paid dearly for doing so...and now she's written a book which backs away from her stand, caving in to the societal moralists who (no matter how apologetic she is) still look down their pious nose's at her-- a habit moralists use with abject impunity. We are all aware we have a 'Moral Majority' in this country. How would we change with an 'Ethical Majority'? Personally, I wish Jane Fonda would have stood her ground. All she ever wanted was for us to get the hell out of there-- and she wasn't as alone as she thought. Just ask any Vet who managed to make it back what was all he wanted when he was there.

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