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Dignity

Why Does Racism Persist?

Robert Fuller | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Robert Fuller

Racism is proving as stubbornly hard to eradicate as the mythical Hydra which sprouted two new heads for every one that was cut off. Until, that is, Hercules found and severed the beast's immortal head. What is racism's immortal head?

Finishing Behind Lance Armstrong

Joe De Sena | Posted 03.09.2015 | Small Business
Joe De Sena

At what point is winning not worth it? This is a tale of dignity. I recently interviewed a nine-time Tour de France competitor who raced during th...

The Financial Truth That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Julie Gray | Posted 04.10.2015 | Impact
Julie Gray

Poverty. It's a word we associate with other people, who most likely live in huts and drink dirty water. Or we think of urban poverty, with crime and dirty streets and chain link fences. Poverty - being poor - is not something that we do. Until we do.

The Elephant Man; A Portrait of Dignity

Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW | Posted 04.01.2015 | Arts
Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW

Regardless of the isolation and outcasting that defines Merrick's life, The Elephant Man celebrates the triumph of dignity in the face of adversity.

A New Default Self

Robert Fuller | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

The first computers were free-standing machines. Later, we learned how to hook them up and the result was an enormous increase in computing power. A parallel shift in our notion of selfhood is called for. The current default self, subscribed to by most people most of the time, is a stand-alone model. The new default self, to be posited in this essay, is more like a computer network.

We Are Each Other's Destiny

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 03.21.2015 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

Dr. King's life is a reminder to seek light in darkness, to be the change itself. In this, I find much room for optimism around the world in young men and women equipped with both skills and moral courage, daring to do what is right, not easy.

6 Reasons You Can't Win (And 3 Reasons You Can Anyway)

Robert Fuller | Posted 03.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

6 Reasons You Can't Win Why are you unhappy? Because 99.9 percent Of everything you think, And of everything you do, Is for yourself -- And there i...

In Memory of Officer Liu: What Buddhism Offers to Police and Race Relations

Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D. | Posted 03.09.2015 | Religion
Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D.

Buddhism, one of the world's great religions, teaches respect for life and affirms the dignity of each human being. This core teaching can help daily police-community encounters, even when police must do the difficult job of apprehending criminals.

"Please Don't Feed the Homeless"

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 01.14.2015 | Impact
Tiziana Dearing

When a private citizen, church, nonprofit or citizens group offers public distribution of precious resources such as food, financial support or temporary shelter to people experiencing homelessness, those people congregate.

Dispatch From Ghana: The Promise of Dignity

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 12.14.2014 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

Dignity requires shifting from a worldview based on inevitability to one based on possibility. It requires bringing our best selves.

Practicing Mindful Acts of Kindness

Dr. Hyder Zahed | Posted 12.06.2014 | Good News
Dr. Hyder Zahed

Showing kindness to others is possible when we make a commitment to practice loving-kindness and well-wishing, regardless of the difficulty or disappointment of the situation.

Theological Reflections on "Gangnam Style"

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 09.06.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Western music comes with Western privilege and, like white privilege, this type of agency does not need to crossover to the margins because Western pop stars are already idolized the world over.

Reclaiming the Sacred: Five Uniting Religious Principles

Maha Elgenaidi | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Maha Elgenaidi

While we may never be able to stop violence in the name of religion, we can prevent it at home and in our lives by remembering and instilling in each other basic ethical principles that are held by all religious traditions.

The Culture of Obesity

Venetia Thompson | Posted 08.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Venetia Thompson

We cannot allow this madness to progress further than it already has. Having a functional, fit body cannot become the 'privilege' of the upper classes, or of celebrities who can afford personal trainers and daily deliveries of perfectly balanced healthy food.

What I Wear Is My Choice!

Bushra Alvi | Posted 06.14.2014 | Women
Bushra Alvi

Perhaps, like everything else, there is no single meaning of the abaya for Muslim women across the globe.

Knowing When to Ask For Help Is Key to Aging with Dignity and Independence

Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD | Posted 05.10.2014 | Impact
Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD

You never know when you or someone you love might need daily help, such as assistance getting groceries, help with transportation or round the clock care, all of which require planning and coordination.

Saying No to the Missionaries of Positive

Carol Smaldino | Posted 02.25.2014 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

Dignity and honesty are frequently part and parcel of integrity, a positive value to be almost sure. So here's to making a case that during cancer tre...

Leadership that Challenges Corruption

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 04.27.2014 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

Patient capital is vital for early-stage investing when the company must confront significant challenges to disrupt an industry. At this stage, few other than philanthropy-based patient capital will take the financial risk the company needs for experimentation.

How I Want to Be Treated If I Develop Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 04.23.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I want to be treated with respect, which means people should not talk about me negatively in my presence. If I am 'still there' I may understand every word even if I don't talk anymore. I will also want people to knock before entering my room and preserve my dignity.

Value of Dignity in Refugee Camps

Runa Khan | Posted 03.30.2014 | Impact
Runa Khan

In 2012 when the refugees from nearby Azad Kashmir entered Malakand, a city South of Peshawar in the northwest of Pakistan, the sight was totally hear...

No Sustainability Without Dignity

Runa Khan | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Runa Khan

Dignity cannot be given or taught. Dignity arises from a reciprocal action and emotion of giving and taking. It is one of the most needed elements of true and everlasting sustainability in development work.

The 3 Ways Martin Luther King Jr. Saved Your Soul

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

I would argue that in many ways, this is King's greatest legacy. His courage to proceed in a mission that, by any rational calculation would have been doomed to fail, is a lesson for all of us to learn. Without hope, without faith that there can be a better future, there will not be one.

Shabbat, a Cellphone, and Jewish Concern

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 03.09.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Shul is meant to be a sanctuary from judgment as much as it is meant to be a shield from the incessant buzzing of the world.

Nelson Mandela and the Triumph of the Impossible

Adam Moscoe | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Adam Moscoe

Now is the time for an honest, dignified, and multilateral dialogue on the international community's role in the pursuit of global justice, peace, and prosperity. Anything less would dishonor the great Madiba.

Remembering Nelson Mandela

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 02.05.2014 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

On this day following the great Madiba's passing, it is to all of us to recommit to furthering his legacy, to work to create a world that rests on the assumption that all human beings are born equal.