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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 →


What is Office Politics?

Ethical Considerations This is the first of a two part blog on office politics. In this blog I examine what it is, how it manifests itself, and the ethics of office politics. My workplace ethics advice blog tomorrow will look at the effects of office politics in the workplace. Definition... 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 →


Actions Speak Louder Than Words  

On Being an Ethical Person “Actions speak louder than words.” – It has been reported that this phrase dates back as far as the 1550s, when the French writer Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) said, “Saying is one thing and doing is another.” There are a variety of definitions of actions... Read more →


Ethics in Personal Life

Lessons Learned or Mistakes Not Corrected? I receive lots of emails from readers of my ethics blogs who look for advice on personal issues. They tell me that someone said something insulting or offended them in some way. They’re looking for guidance on how best to respond. Sometimes, I get... Read more →


Have You Ever Gone ‘Cat-fishing'?

“The Only Thing You Can Do to Make Catfish Edible is Fry Them” You’re probably wondering why I used this quote by Blake Shelton, an American country-western singer and song writer. Shelton obviously was thinking about eating catfish not engaging in it as online behavior. Still, the saying seems to... Read more →


The Ethics of ‘Ghosting’  

“If there’s something weird and it don’t look good, who you gonna call…?” Ghosting on the internet occurs when someone with whom you have established a relationship disappears from contact without any explanation at all. Perhaps it’s someone you just met on social media, communicated with several times, and then,... Read more →