Personal ethics Feed

What are Behavioral Triggers and Why Do They Matter?

Coping Skills We hear a lot about behavioral triggers these days but what are these triggers? How do they affect individuals? How should they react to them? and What can they do about them? These are questions that help to understand what emotional triggers are. I explore these issues in... Read more →


Sanctions Imposed On Draymond Green Miss the Mark

What Message Does it Send? Under California Penal Code § 240 PC--California Assault Law-- an assault is the unlawful attempt, along with the present ability to cause violent injury to another person. Simple assault is a [standard] misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in jail and fines of up... Read more →


Can America Ever Regain Its Civility?

Why We Have Lost Our Way as a Moral Society I've never seen the level of divisiveness in America as I have for the past decade. While I have blogged about the decline of civility in America before, nothing has changed, and it has gotten much worse, so I decided... Read more →


Can We Teach Someone to Be Ethical?

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” (Aristotle) Can we teach students to be ethical? This is something I’ve thought about a lot during my 30+ years teaching ethics at the university level. On the one hand, I know that I can teach it. I... Read more →


Dangers of Cyberbullying

Talk to Your Child About the Dangers of Social Networking The term “social network” is how we connect to other people using a platform that supports online communication, such as Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Video sharing services such as Snapchat and TikTok are popular among millennials and the Generation Zeers.... Read more →


“Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.”

Is it a Truth or Fallacy? It has been said that “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.” This was said by George Bernard Shaw in his 1905 stage play Man and Superman. Over a century later, and the derogatory phrase often thrown at educators in a disparaging way... Read more →


What Does Morality Mean to You?

The Divide Between Older and Younger Americans is Widening From time to time, I come across a survey that leads me to wonder why Americans have different views about morality. Isn’t it a matter of right versus wrong? Doesn’t The Golden Rule explain it best? According to a survey by... Read more →


Using A CURE Approach to Enhance Ethical Behavior

The Keys to Building Emotional Intelligence I previously blogged about how and why empathy and compassion are critical components of ethical leadership. However, this is only one-half of the story about how approaching ethics from an emotional level can enhance ethical leadership. Ethical leaders also need cognitive skills to make... Read more →


Gratitude is the Key to Wellness

Ways to Express Gratitude to Others Ralph Waldo Emerson said about gratitude: “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” This is... Read more →


Virtues and Values Enhance Ethical Behavior

A Framework for Judging Right from Wrong I am a big supporter of teaching virtues and values to both college students and professionals. The reason is they lay a foundation for ethical behavior. In this blog I will explain why. Moral Values Values are basic and fundamental beliefs that govern... Read more →


Does 'Yes Means Yes' Establish An Effective Standard to Support Victims of Sexual Assault and Rape on College Campuses?

Problems Persist Even Though Colleges Claim to Be Sensitized to the Issues Sexual assaults on college campuses persist and create problems that has been dealt with in varying degrees of success. It seems the problem is two-fold: (1) an environment on campus that does not treat sexual assessment and rape... Read more →