Everyday ethics (1906) by Ella Lyman Cabot

Everyday ethics (1906) by  Ella Lyman Cabot

Everyday ethics (1906) by  Ella Lyman Cabot

Ella Lyman Cabot was an educator, author and lecturer. She was born into a prominent Unitarian family in Boston and was the fourth of seven children
A successful book on methods of teaching ethics will improve in the schoolroom the art of instruction in the most difficult province of study and practice. Ethics relates to all manner of deeds and habits of doing which concern one's fellow men, either as private individuals or as members of institutions — members of the social whole. 

One may conduct himself in such a manner as to obstruct the actions of his fellow men and thereby re- duce their labours and strivings to a nullity, more or less, according to his power and skill. Or, on the other hand, he may act in such a manner as to reinforce their labours and strivings and increase the net product of human endeavour. 

The fact that there are rational objects to be achieved by humanity — name them collectively as the conquest of nature for man's use and the peaceful combination of man with men to the end that each in- dividual may share in the experience of all individuals • — these objects ought to be the common aim of all rational beings: this fact furnishes the basis and norm of ethics. It makes evident the Source of Power.

 The individual who promotes the twofold end of civilisation increases the aggregate power of mankind and at the same time shares in that power. His own help vi Preface of others is reflected back upon him. He gets in exchange for the mite that he contributes, the right to participate in the positive outcome of the labours of all.

 This is a true source of power and it can be approached in only one sure way — ^by the adoption of ethical action as a habit, and by continuous growth in ethical insight. Human power consists of the control of nature and the ability to effect combinations with one's fellow men. Ethics is in the first place a matter of the will; it concerns the form of doing.
quotes from the book

Since time is the raw material of life, we must, in order to make our lives worthwhile, know how to handle and mould our hours in accordance with our ends. These ends are different for each, but there are certain means to success that are common to all ends. We need to know:
1. How to begin.
2. How to keep on.
3. When to end.
- Ella Lyman Cabot - Everyday ethics


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