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The Lost Art of Ethics and Civility on College Campuses

Where and When Do We Use Ethics? The Golden Rule is a common-sense principle of how we should behave. It can apply to all areas of our lives: How should we interact and communicate with others in our personal lives? How should we behave in the workplace? How should we... Read more →


The Search for a Common Set of Moral Values

May 31, 2017. Published by Steven Mintz, aka Ethics Sage Do all Religions and Cultures Believe in the Same Set of Values? The existence of a common set of values across religions would go far to explain why different cultures and societies believe that The Golden Rule is the basic... Read more →


What is the Value of Using the Greek Fable to Teach Ethics?

How Can We Live Our Lives in Accordance with Virtue? The Greek fable has been used to teach ethics for ages. They date back to the mid-6th century BCE. Aesop’s Fables are the world’s best known collection of morality tales. The fables, numbering 725, were originally told from person-to-person as... Read more →


Should Marijuana Be Permitted? An Ethical Analysis

Individual Rights versus a Communitarian Ethic There are many arguments that have been raised for and against legalizing marijuana as I addressed in my last blog. In this blog, I focus on the morality of marijuana use, rather than the law. Most of the arguments against marijuana are centered on... Read more →


The Ethics of Kindness

Pay it Forward Not everyone associates ethics with kindness. We think of it as part of good manners or civility. Yet, treating others with kindness evokes The Golden Rule – to treat others the way you want to be treated. One example of how we can take tangible actions to... Read more →


Can You Be Happy Without Being an Ethical Person?

Greek Virtue, Self-Actualization, and Happiness To the ancient Greeks, happiness is the end goal of life. Virtuous behavior contributes to moral excellence. Moral excellence can contribute to a happy life. Thus, being a moral person is essential to living a life of happiness. A person achieves happiness by possessing the... Read more →


Character and Free Speech Go Hand in Hand

What is Character? Character is the sum of qualities that define a person. These qualities include one’s intellect, thoughts, ideas, motives, intentions, temperament, judgment, behavior, imagination, perception, emotions, loves, and hates. Character manifests itself in the decisions we make. An honest person always tells the truth (or, at least, is... Read more →


Why Do We Need Ethics?

The Pathway to Principle-Based Decision Making I recently wrote a blog on my Workplace Ethics Advice site on Principle Centered Leadership. Basic principles of ethics can help us lead a more fulfilling life whether on a personal or professional level. However, our commitment to act in accordance with ethical principles... Read more →


What Ethics is and is Not

Misconceptions About Ethics There are many expressions of what ethics is. In a general sense, ethics (or moral philosophy) addresses fundamental questions such as: How should I live my life? What sort of person do I want to be? What are my responsibilities to others? It has been said that:... Read more →


You Are What You Tweet

Follow the Two-Hour Tweeting Rule I recently read a book titled You Are What You Tweet by Germany Kent that provides guidance on how to use Twitter to create a positive social media experience. I highly recommend the book to learn tips and advice on how Twitter can enhance your... Read more →