On the Ethics of Defense

In Hellenic Polytheist Reconstructionism, one follows the Delphic Maxims, which include:

Help your friends ( Φιλοις βοηθει )
Guard friendship ( Φιλιαν φυλαττε )
Watch out for your enemies ( Εχθρους αμυνου )

With the above three joined, that means: Treat your friends as friends and treat your enemies as enemies. If you don’t defend your friends against your enemies and theirs, then you have compromised your ethics.

Detail from Archaeological Site of Delphi, Greece

Delphi Image via Wikipedia

Also:
Despise evil ( Κακιαν μισει )
Pursue honor ( Δοξαν διωκε )
Guard what is yours ( Ιδια φυλαττε )
Despise insolence ( Υβριν μισει )
Die for your country ( Θνησκε υπερ πατριδος )

However, violence is restrained by:
Shun murder ( Φονου απεχου )
Control yourself ( Αρχε σεαυτου )
Be overcome by justice ( Ηττω υπο δικαιου )
Gain possessions justly ( Δικαιως κτω )
Venture into danger prudently ( Κινδυνευε φρονιμως )
Control anger ( Θυμου κρατει )
Be jealous of no one ( Φθονει μηδενι )

See More Maxims Here.

Discussion of this topic continues in Ethics: Delphi, Solon, and Pythagoras – Discuss!

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3 comments on “On the Ethics of Defense

  1. annyikha says:

    Just as a heads up, I’ve linked to you on my blog (http://kallisti.writingkaye.com, not the one associated with my wordpress account).

    What do you think of the Delphic Maxims in comparison with things like Solon’s “Commandments” or the Golden Sayings of Pythagoras?

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