Personal ethics Feed

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 →


College Sports Scandals: Who is to Blame?

Ethical Blindness Run Amok The recent ethical lapses at colleges and universities across the U.S. raise questions about their “Ethics GPS”. Do the ethical systems in place provide accurate data about where these institutions are and where they are going to ensure their operating systems are working as intended and... Read more →


Steven Mintz, aka Ethics Sage, Publishes 5th edition of his Accounting Ethics Textbook

Ethical Obligations and Decision Making in Accounting: Text and Cases I'm proud to announce that McGraw-Hill Education has just published the 5th edition of my Accounting Ethics textbook, Ethical Obligations and Decision Making in Accounting: Text and Cases. I'd like to thank two reviewers of the book and the the... Read more →


Fight or Flight Response

Dealing with an Abusive Relationship Have you ever been in an emotionally or physically abusive relationship? Did you agonize over whether to break away from it or stay and try to work it out? If you have been faced with such an ethical dilemma, then you were in the midst... 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 →


Personal Development and Ethical Behavior

What Makes it More Difficult to Act Ethically? Many behaviors make it difficult to act ethically including pursuing one’s own interests while harming others, narcissistic behavior, and a lack of compassion and empathy for others. I examine in this blog three challenges to ethical behavior in our personal relationships, workplace... 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 →


Do You Have Meaningful Relationships in Your Life?

C-A-T-E-R To Another Person’s Needs This blog extends the discussion in my previous blog on meaning in life to address developing meaningful relationships. Meaning in life refers to whether one’s actions are worthwhile and are accompanied by a sense of value in one’s accomplishments. Meaningful relationships can build self-esteem and... 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 →