Civility Feed

Nursing Home Deaths and COVID-19: A National Disgrace

Our Throwaway Society At the Hubert Humphrey Building dedication, Nov. 1, 1977, in Washington, D.C., former vice president Humphrey spoke about the treatment of the weakest members of society as a reflection of a government: “The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the... Read more →


Cyberbullying and COVID-19

Advice For Parents We all know that K-12 students are using digital platforms much more for personal and educational purposes during the COVID-19 pandemic. This opens the possibility that cyberbullying will occur online. Parents and kids need to know how to protect themselves during these trying times. With so many... Read more →


Presidential Politics: With Whom Would You Like to Have a Beer?

Thoughts on Picking a Democratic Candidate for President I’ve decided the best way to chose a candidate for President from the field of Democratic candidates is to ask with whom I would like to have a beer. The reason is we should take everything they say with ‘a grain of... Read more →


Ethics in the Era of Trump

Ethics vs Values Has the Trump presidency been marked by ethical behavior? How would we know? Why should we care? Ethical behavior is important in all aspects of life because it reflects our character: who we are and what we stand for. Ethical values, such as honesty and kindness, inform... Read more →


How to Be a Better Person

Ethical Principles to Live By Most people go about their daily lives without paying much attention to ethics. They may be good people and ethics may be embedded in their character. Even so, it’s a good idea to think about what you are doing (or about to do) and why.... Read more →


What's Wrong with Society?

Incivility and Self-Absorbed Behaviors Run Amok I've thought a lot about where we're headed as a society. It seems things are getting worse in so many areas that I wonder whether civility can ever be regained. I'm using the word "civility" in a broad sense, not only to mean good... Read more →


What does America Have in Common With the Roman Empire?

The Lost Art of Civility It’s the time of the year when I reflect on both personal matters and those related to the cause I represent – bringing ethics and civility back to society. There’s a lot to think of with respect to the latter. This is especially true with... Read more →


Ethics and the Cancel Culture

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly I have previously blogged about the cancel culture. In today’s blog I look at the ethical issues of the cancel culture. Is it right to target a person with whom you disagree and use the Internet to express your outrage, get people fired,... Read more →


We All Need to Change Our Behavior to Regain Civility in Society

The Lost Art of Civic Discourse Parts of today's blog was published on an online opinion site, Fulcrum. I revisit some of the points made in light of what happened last week when Melania Trump was booed by a roomful of students in Baltimore when she took the stage to... Read more →


What Are You Thankful For?

Let’s Make 2020 a Qualitatively Better Year I’m reminded of a quote by former President John F. Kennedy. JFK said: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” Such a true statement. We are judged... Read more →