I think that when it comes to delineating what is ethics and values, people worry needlessly about codifying a set of rules or dogma. I believe that Druidry has ethics and values, based on a way of seeing the world.
Let me explain. Here is an example.
One aspect of this is if we are connected to the fabric of life. That would suggest that since we are all a part of it, we would need to acknowledge it, and that it has value based on its connection to us. From this would be the value...of human life, of plant and animal life, of the idea that life seems organized, therefore structured, which could create a value of structuring, etc.
The problem is for some people, the decisions life presents us does not allow this to be tidy. We struggle with sorting out what is important, valued, right, for self and others in the community, or the world for that matter. So, we try to decide what is the "right thing to do", or what is more ethical, based on what we say or believe is valuable. That then starts into the development of rules, codes, laws, anything to make this simpler and easier. There are always going to be people who do not or will not want to think through this stuff, to sort out dilemmas, to process the decisions they look at. And, we try to balance out what seems to be conflicting ideas and conflicting support of individual and community, in that things are not always neat....some selfish decisions are necessary for personal survival, yet when the others, or the planet is affected.....
There was a Canadian scholar who suggested that pagans "in general" (ha! like there is a general), use a form of situational ethics. Basically, in practise, we face each situation, and make decisions of right and wrong based on a couple of principles and the situation that we are in.
More so called witches or wiccans formed that sensibility, and thus makes up this so called pagan ethos, but do we in Druids have ethics and values? Where do we find them? Brehon Laws, within the context of the history and culture that existed, examining this, will give us some sense of this. So too will any other teaching or triad, if we examine it. I think that the work of Dr. Myers and athelia143 is necessary. They have both outlined some of the past antecedants, and hopefully, will inspire the rest of us to think about it. Also note that both are Canadian, which does not surprise me. Ethics is important.
I just hope we don't get to the pissing contest of some witch wars, where what is more druid, and who is acting more druid, is more important than addressing a situation. One of the sad things I saw recently was that someone's participation in a venue that some found not appropriate to a standard of wicca or witch was the justification to not intervene and help in a situation where a person's rights were violated. In other words, being involved in a beauty pageant made someone less of a witch, so therefore, when the pageant disinvited this lady from being a judge for her interest in tarot and reiki, some wiccans felt that supporting her rights was less important because she was not a "proper wiccan" as defined by not being involved in a beauty pageant because that would be demeaning to woman. It would be like saying a person who works for a lumber company in BC is less of a druid (incidentally, I meet a lot of people who are foresters, who call themselves druid), and therefore they are not good druids based on their choice of career. But, that is the inherent thing about situational ethics....we need to sort out and decide what is the issue.
This is a good thread.