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We are making a big video upgrade. The new videos will be designed for mass appeal. This is a thumbnail of the next video on Ethical Individualism. The thumbnail is what you click on to watch the video. It is very important that the title and thumbnail raise interest. Before I would just do a video about what Ethical Individualism is, but nobody cares. People want to know "How To Make Better Decisions". So it will explain Ethical Individualism within the context of making better decisions.

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    Society seems to be plagued with those who are always making bad decisions that are uninformed, biased, lack creativity and do more harm than good.
    No other skill has such a dramatic impact on the quality of our life than decision making!
    Make better decisions with these 4 steps: scientific inquiry, free thinking, creative imagination and successful implementation.
    We call this Ethical Individualism.

    The first step is obvious: A decision is better if it is an informed decision.
    Many who wish to persuade us twist facts, make false claims and appeal to our lowest nature.
    It takes the inquiring mind of a Scientist to make sense of the mass of information available to us.
    This is Scientific Inquiry.

    The Scientist relies on attentive observation and critical thinking skills to understand an event.
    An informed decision needs accurate information, an understanding of the facts and asking the right questions.

    Step 2: A decision is better if it is inspired by your ideals.
    A lack of motivation and enthusiasm is often the main reason for failure and living a mediocre life.
    Successful people are self-motivated by reaching upward to be inspired by their ideals.
    To reach the highest level of ideals, we have to free our thinking of the bias and outside authority that is distorting our decisions.
    Overcoming bias is possible by rigorously pursuing Truth like Philosophers, with the use of universal thinking.
    Unbiased universal thinking is also used in Mathematics.
    To think universally, we think in universal concepts.
    The universal concept “tree” includes all trees but is free of specific details.
    By universalizing a situation we overcome inconsistencies, unfairness and emotional reactions.
    For example, rather than referring to a specific ethnic group, the group members can be universalized as human beings who each have worth.
    How do we use universal thinking to select the right ethical ideal to apply in our specific case?
    The knowledge we gained of our situation in step 1 with scientific inquiry can be put in the form of universal concepts.
    Our ethical ideals are usually already in conceptual form like “Do to others what you would have them do to you” or “Live and let Live”.
    With our life situation and our ideals in conceptual form we begin reasoned reflection.
    Pure conceptual reasoning is free, guided purely and simply by the conceptual content.
    By means of reason, intuition selects the ethical ideal to be applied in our particular case.
    We call this Moral Intuition.

    Even though the decision has universal characteristics, it remains an individual decision because our life situations are different, and the depth of each ones thinking is different.
    In this way our ethical decision is not predetermined by our set character, or controlled by an outside authority.
    The decision does not express a stereotype, nor is it an automatic reaction to an outside event.
    Instead, it is a free decision.
    A free decision inspired by our ideals is the greatest motivator.

    Step 3: A decision is better if it has a clear goal.
    The ideal we selected in the previous step is in a universal form, such as “Live in ways that ensure good health.”
    Before the ideal can be acted upon, it first needs to be imaginatively translated into a very specific idea of action.
    This requires the creative imagination of an Artist to envision a detailed goal to strive for.
    We call this Moral Imagination.

    We need creativity to find unique ways to overcome great odds.
    But Creativity seems mysterious,
    and a lack of creative consistency can be stifling.
    By having a central ideal to focus upon creativity is sparked.
    It is hard to hold a pure ideal in the mind before our imagination springs with ideas to cloth it in details.
    With a clearly pictured goal in mind, we are ready to change our life or even the whole world.
    From this point on we are driven by love, our love for the objective.

    We conclude with step 4: A decision is better if it is successfully implemented.
    To successfully achieve our goal, we will need a plan for how to skillfully implement it.
    To do this we become a skilled Technician.
    To bring change one must first understand how things have worked until now.
    Violating the laws of nature or the existing social customs that hold things together may cause unnecessary disruptions.
    To avoid disruption, Technicians study the general scientific knowledge available in their field of work.
    With proper technique, our goals can be skillfully implemented without doing harm.
    We call this Moral Technique.

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