Posted by: aboutalbion | June 12, 2012

Temple of Albion (6)

On an anthropological checklist, a sixth guideline for identifying a religion can be expressed as an ethical code endorsed by beliefs held on the basis of trust.

In this series of posts, I have instanced the belief and trust in ‘the economy’ and the banking system (with its practice of leverage) as having a central role in UK life – a role so central as to provide almost sacred duties in a citizen’s relationship with ‘the economy’.  Exhortations to make ‘the economy’ bigger imply increasing buying and selling activity.

So, at the micro level, the ethical code that I would put before an anthropologist under this head is an informal one.  It is the ethical code that a person should arrange for their life to have as much happiness as possible.  This belief that happiness can be acquired is stimulated by producers in ‘the economy’ who promote their products as containing a quantum of happiness.  So consumers in ‘the economy’ are seen purchasing material possessions and certain lifestyles in the expectation that they will confer identities that give them a competitive advantage in relation to happiness over others.  Some people may call this the ethics of individualism.

Just at present time, however, the UK economy (in the company of others) is reported as not growing because UK citizens are not buying and selling as much as they used to.  But the hope that normal economic times will return seems to be still alive and well, for the moment at least.

From another point of view, at the macro level, there is the formal code of ethical conduct implied in the UK being a ‘rule of law’ country.  I shall have more to write on this in a later post.

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