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The Lost Art of Being a Compassionate Person

Transforming Your Life Through Compassion and Empathy I've been thinking a lot lately about whether we are a compassionate society. There's no doubt we are following a horrific event like a school shooting or terrorist attack. But, are we compassionate on an everyday basis? Why is it important to be... Read more →


GoFundMe Campaigns Can Create Platforms For Fraudulent Behavior

How Can You Know Whether They Are Real or Contrived? Perhaps you heard about the GoFundMe scam in 2017 where Katelyn McClure and Mark D’Amico launched the online fundraiser for Johnny Bobbitt, a homeless veteran, after he gave his last $20 to McClure when she ran out of gas on... Read more →


Have We Regressed into Nietzsche’s “Moral Nihilism”?

Where's the Moral Outrage? The events of last week where at least 50 people were killed and 50 wounded in an attack targeting two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch was despicable. The admissions cheating scandal in the U.S. raises serious questions whether the large group of people... Read more →


Have You Had Transcendent Experiences in Life?

The Importance of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs The description of a hierarchy of needs is based on the work of Psychologist Abraham Maslow from 1943 through 1970. Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is a motivational theory in psychology originally consisting of a five-tier model of human needs, often depicted as hierarchical... Read more →


Is Free Speech in America 'Free'?

Civility, Civic Duty and Free Speech From time to time I post a guest blog on a topic of great interest. Given the length of this piece, I provide the following link to the full piece. It deals with the current state of free speech in America. I highly recommend... Read more →


Should Parents Monitor Teens’ Social Media Activities

Do You Know What Your Kid is Doing Online? This is a question every parent faces. There are a lot of factors to consider from an ethical perspective but before doing so let’s examine some of the facts and data. Most parents monitor their teens activities on social media A... Read more →


Is it Possible to Create a More Civil Society?

The Lost Art of Civility It seems today, more than ever before, we are witnessing uncivil behavior in a broad spectrum of society. We hear about basic rudeness; harsh words, expletives shouted at others, and seeking out others with whom we disagree to forcefully make our point or criticizing theirs.... Read more →


Has Ghosting Become an Acceptable Standard of Behavior?

Why Ghosting Can Be Harmful to Your Health I have previously blogged about the ethics of ghosting. I revisit the issue in this blog because I just read a piece about a college student who developed an “exit survey” for those who ghosted her online after dating. She asked questions... Read more →


Should U.S. Schoolchildren Be Assigned Homework?

Results of Studies Highlight Deficiencies in Learning Experiences I can’t say I was surprised to read last week in a Wall Street Journal article, also reported on Today.com, that grade school teachers have been experimenting with a no homework policy for schoolchildren. In the article, a second grade teacher is... Read more →


Are You Courageous and is it a Good Thing?

What is Moral Courage? Courage. What is it? Is it bravery? Is it the strength of one’s convictions? Is it the same as integrity? Is it an ethical value that we all should aspire to achieve? Ayn Rand said in her classic book The Fountainhead that “Integrity is the ability... Read more →