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Emphasizing the Common Good During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Ethics and the Coronavirus As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow and the death toll mounts, it’s useful, from an ethics perspective, to use our experiences to date to evaluate our personal responsibilities to each other in this crisis. Why does this matter? Our society depends on communal... 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 →


Writing Motivation and Writing Advice

Pursuing Happiness and Meaning in Life Through Writing Having recently completed a book on happiness and meaning and how it links to ethical behavior, I want to share some of my insights about how writing can qualitatively enhance wellness. We pursue happiness and meaning in life through actions we take... 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 →


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 →


Is President Trump’s Discourse the Cause of our Uncivil Society?

Whatever Happened to Moral Virtue? Only President Trump’s most ardent supporters would deny that his way of conversing and twitter postings has created an aura of incivility that has spilled over to virtually all aspects of society. He tends to be disrespectful of others especially those that disagree with him.... Read more →


Try Mindfulness to be a More Compassionate Person

How to Practice Practical Compassion I wrote a blog this past April on compassion and empathy. Lately, I’ve been reading a lot about mindfulness. Today I explain the link between these two qualitative characteristics of behavior and mindfulness. What is Compassion? Compassion has been defined in many ways. Merriam-Webster’s online... Read more →