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The Astronist ethical system is based on a principle called eleuthonism (also called eleuthesis, or the eleuthonic principle). Eleuthonism equates the outcome of freedom with what is ethically right and therefore, whatever provides greater freedom is the most moral decision to make. As such, any decision that knowingly leads to the depletion of another being's (personal or animal) freedom is considered morally wrong, even at the expense of one's own personal freedom.
For example, the Astronism is opposed to abortion for a variety of reasons, chief amongst which is that the act of abortion takes away the right to freedom for the unborn child. A similar example is seen in the context of homosexuality, towards which Astronism is accepting. This acceptance is based on the principle that as long as one's engagement in such acts is not inhibiting the freedoms of others (e.g. in the case of adultery), then they cannot be seen as immoral.
There are types of freedom in Astronist ethics, mental and physical freedom and there are two forms of freedom in Astronist ethics, autothonic and empothonic, the former of which pertains to one’s own freedom while the latter pertains to another person’s freedom. The freedom of humanity, or collective freedom, is known as cothonic.
Astronists consider all choices to be at the price of freedom with some choices costing greater extents of freedom than others. Astronist ethics therefore states that if choices are made to the depletion of one’s own freedom or to the freedom of others then the consequences of those choices in the depletion of freedom must be accepted. Astronist ethics does not deny the importance or the benefits of traditionally depletative actions such as marriage or having children, and neither does it discouraged going ahead with such actions, but it stresses the consideration of the limitations to one’s freedom as a direct result of such actions and the emphasis that one must consider the consequences to their freedom as a result and whether they are truly ready to commit to those actions.
The instance in which an ethical system or approach is based on eleuthonism is called eleuthication or eleuthification. To eleuthify is to make something about freedom.
Naming and designation
The Astronist ethical system was originally referred to as Millettarian ethics in the earliest years of the Founding era. This was because Astronism itself used to be known as Millettism, but this was changed by Cometan during the Founding era as part of the astronomisation of his whole philosophical and religious system.
Astronist ethics is often synonymous with the inclusive discipline of contology, although contology differs in that it also encompasses the Astronist approach to epistemology, the study of knowledge, hence it covers a wider area than Astronist ethics itself.
The Astronist ethical system is entirely oriented towards the achievement of freedom in every scenario on small and large scales, known as microleu and macroleu respectively. Astronist ethics essentially states that any decision would inhibit or otherwise decrease the extent of one’s freedom or the ability of one to be or to feel free is ethically wrong, hence we should only take decisions and actions that we are somewhat sure of their eleuthicality (their adherence to eleuthesis).
One of the essential issues with the Astronist ethical system based on eleuthonism is that actions of progression and responsibility are often cause the debilitation of freedoms. Therefore, decisions must be made so as to preserve one’s freedom, in essence spending one’s freedom as and when the circumstances demand it. To be a practitioner of eleuthonism is to find one’s unique balance between giving up or spending one’s freedom and having responsibilities or conducting certain actions that one seems desirable to their ambitions.
With Astronist ethics being themed on freedom as the central element, the discipline is prerologised and is intrinsically associated with the specific discipline dealing with freedom, eleuthonology. The Astronist ethical system can be considered eleucentric, meaning that freedom, its consideration, its attainment and its preservation are provided with the greatest level of importance.
Hypereleuthonism - a form of eleuthonism stating that anything which depletes one’s own freedom or the freedom of humanity (depending on its application) are to be entirely avoided.
Hypoeleuthonism - a form of eleuthonism stating that anything which depletes freedom can be conducted as long as it progresses either oneself, someone else, a particular cause, or all of humanity.
-thonic - suffix relating to freedom.
The influence of the uniquitarian ontological outlook is seen throughout Astronist ethics. Astronist ethics is essentially predicated upon the notion that all people are provided with unique extents of freedom and it is this freedom which should be preserved as one's ethical mandate. Therefore, the most ethical of all decisions is that which either increases one's freedom, or at least preserves it from being depleted. Astronist ethics, due to the beliefs held within wider Astronism, considers freedom to be the ultimate existential goal and the ideal state of being for all humans.
Astronist ethical principles state that freedom should be the primary attainable goal for all humans individually as well as humanity collectively. However, the ambiguity of the term freedom is duly noted and to which a uniquitarian understanding can be ascribed in the sense that each person’s consideration of what freedom is remains unique to them.
Extents of freedom
Extents of freedom - the uniquitarian ethical concept stating that each person has their own unique extent to which they are able to be free, either physically or mentally. This is ascribed to them as part of their unique existential path.