The Moral Divide
Nov16

The Moral Divide

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere. — Gilbert Chesterton As the U.S. media proclaims these days, “we are a country divided.”  From nationwide protests on the election outcome to voting differences unsettling marriages, it seems these days that donkeys and elephants couldn’t be more distinct species. But for as different as we seem, there is a surprising commonality to our conflict: we’re all...

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The Pose of Moral Leaders
Feb17

The Pose of Moral Leaders

Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles; cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances. — Martin Luther King Jr. Ah, the timeless and heavily influential question: Which picture should you select for your facebook profile? I mean, this is the photo with the best chance at garnering your greatest number of “likes” so you really don’t want to blow it. But as farcical as I may have been there, actually,...

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Morally Disgusting
Jul15

Morally Disgusting

Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what’s right. — Isaac Asimov I have a confession to make: For the first time in almost 20 years, I killed a spider. And the guilt is tearing me apart. Now, for most of you, your first assumption was probably that I’m crazy—but that assumption probably came a long time ago. The truth is, that since I read a book about how spiders save this planet (without them, the...

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Becoming More Moral
May06

Becoming More Moral

It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance. – Thomas Huxley I have been going around citing a quotation recently (no, not that one above), that may in fact be made-up. Although devising things to impress others is not new to me (in the form of short stories, mind you, not outright deception), I really want this quote to be real. Or maybe I don’t so that I can copyright it and put it on t-shirts and bed sheets. So...

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Got Gratitude?
Nov26

Got Gratitude?

We are better pleased to see those on whom we confer benefits than those from whom we receive them. — La Rochefoucauld, Maxims So you’re probably wondering why this blog was a little tardier than usual, but that’s because I wanted to remind you how grateful you should be to get it. And because I completely forgot about it until my mother texted me. As an excuse, or rather an explanation, a good friend of mine invited...

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