I am so proud of you all, and Ethics Alarms, today. The quality of discussion on multiple posts and threads is outstanding, as varied, eloquent and and thoughtful as I have ever seen it. I offer my sincere thanks and appreciation to all participants.
And since I’m here, I might as well note that July 16 is Ethics Ambivalence Day, or perhaps Watch Out For Moral Luck Day. Which of these events that occured on July 16th can be confidently and uncontroversially designated in retrospect as “good”?
- In 1790, Congress declared Washington, D.C. the new capital.
The new Congress chose a swampy, humid, muddy and mosquito-infested site on the Potomac River between Maryland and Virginia to be the nation’s permanent capital. Brilliant!
- In 1918, the Romanov family was executed.
This ended a 300-year imperial dynasty, and sent Russia down the road of Communism. But they got rid of those damn Czars!
- In 1935, the world’s first parking meter was installed.
The world’s first parking meter, known as Park-O-Meter No. 1, was installed on the southeast corner of what was then First Street and Robinson Avenue in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, eventually helping municipalities to balance their budgets nation wide.
- In 1951, “Catcher in the Rye” was published.
J.D. Salinger’s only full-length novel, about a confused and nihilistic teenager would be taught in high schools for half a century. Why, I will never know.
- In 1995, Amazon opened for business.
- In 1945, at 5:29:45 a.m., the Manhattan Project resulted in the first atom bomb successfully exploding in Alamogordo, New Mexico.