While I admittedly deplore Kantian ethics and definitely do not recommend ascribing to them, there are two concepts contained within Kant’s systematized ethics that’re worth salvaging in some form as well as vital to engaging a processes of self-becoming without appealing to default, culturally reinforced concepts/constructs.
1. Hypothetical Imperative- We are only ever free when we live by an ethical code that we subjectively create for ourselves.
2. The most ethical acts we do, are done for no other reason then a sense of duty or responsibility.
While I too value honesty, and the emphasis Kant’s Categorical Imperative gives it, universalizing honesty’s practices and rhythms isn’t as simple as simply claiming that to be how we should conduct ourselves.
Total honesty within the context of society’s control or Marxist sciences gets sticky in a variety of ways that are prone to disabling positive historical progress, and therefore those maxims themselves fail to conform to Kant’s categorical maxim on honesty.
I’m optimistic tho, that we can together create an organic and authentic form of morality, applicable for the world we’d together create, however we can’t let that goal cause us to ignore that genuine morality is wholly absent in the world we have today, to any meaningful degree or scale.
Ethics can be a somewhat loaded term, so allow me to clarify to conclude.
What I mean when I say something is ethical is simply that the evidence or experience I’ve come across suggests that X idea or course of action will lead to the outcomes most conducive to our continued collective flourishing on this planet altogether.
However, the various lenses I use to evaluate that evidential and experiential terrain cannot be properly quantified in a single school of thought I can instruct you to reference, nor should they be, nor should they for any of the intellectual, productive, or moral forms we’d together can create.
Another world is possible.