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Dignity

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.

The Invisible 'Help'

Dyala Badran | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Dyala Badran

When we talk about labor rights, and complain about being underpaid and overworked, we come right home to someone who is feeling the exact same way -- except they don't get to go home. For the housekeepers, home is work and work is home. Round the clock.

Respect: The Cardinal Virtue For a Campus Community

Grant Cornwell | Posted 11.30.2013 | College
Grant Cornwell

What does it mean to treat other persons as ends-in-themselves and never merely as means? Well, the central idea is that every human being deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, that in all of our interactions, even with those with whom we disagree, or whom we don't like, or who may even disgust us in some way, we must engage them in ways that recognize their humanity.

Mishpat Ve-Hesed: Love and Justice

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

What is Judaism's bottom line? In a world in which everything changes, in which marketing often dictates the spin we give to whatever it is we are about to do, what in Judaism isn't negotiable? What in Judaism remains so crucial that if you got rid of that heart, there would be no Judaism left alive?

Family Members: Don't Sweat the Small Stuff at the Nursing Home

Marie Marley | Posted 11.16.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Sometimes, there's friction between family members and nursing home staff. Sometimes, complaints are warranted and must be registered. But other times, as long as no harm is being done and the resident isn't complaining, it's best for the family to avoid protesting.

Quite a Life

Mike Farrell | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
Mike Farrell

It took over 60 years for the Japanese Government to at last acknowledge their "inhuman treatment" and apologize. How many must die before we do the same?

Curing the Poison of 'Rankism'

Robert Fuller | Posted 10.13.2013 | Impact
Robert Fuller

In a dignitarian society, no one is taken for a nobody. Acting superior -- putting others down -- is regarded as pompous and self-aggrandizing. Rankism, in all its guises, is uncool.

The Self Is Dead -- Long Live the Superself

Robert Fuller | Posted 09.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

This is the sixth and final post in the series "Why Everything You Know about Your 'Self' Is Wrong." The series explores how our understanding of self...

What Is Man?

Robert Fuller | Posted 09.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

This is the fifth post in the series "Why Everything You Know about Your 'Self' Is Wrong." The series explores how our understanding of selfhood affec...

Dignity and Respect in Development: Reflections on Mandela's Birthday

Chad W. Bissonnette | Posted 07.18.2013 | Impact
Chad W. Bissonnette

Happy Birthday President Mandela, and thank you for giving me the opportunity to once again reflect on the significance of dignity.

The Myth of Funemployment

Chet Jechura | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
Chet Jechura

To the countless Americans who are unemployed, I have this to say to you. Do not lose hope. You are our hope. In you lies the promise of our future. And as long as your gifts and talents are not being employed for the betterment of our civil society then the promise of our future is lost.

The Superself: Genome, Menome, and Wenome

Robert Fuller | Posted 09.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

In this view, our selves are far more extensive than we've been led to believe. They extend beyond our own bodies to include what we think of as other selves and the world. We live in the minds of others, and they in ours.

What Was the Most Important Thing People Learned in the 20th Century?

Robert Fuller | Posted 09.09.2013 | World
Robert Fuller

Because untold suffering has been licensed by presumed superiority, my nominee for the most important takeaway from the 20th century is the hard-won realization that applying the superior/inferior distinction to persons or peoples is specious.

'Self' Is a Misnomer

Robert Fuller | Posted 09.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

The word "self" carries strong connotations of autonomy, individuality, and self-sufficiency. It's as if it were chosen to mask our interdependence. It's hardly an exaggeration to say that in buying into this notion of selfhood, humankind got off on the wrong foot.

The Brotherhood Of Man And The Politics Of Dignity

Robert Fuller | Posted 07.31.2013 | Religion
Robert Fuller

If science and religion cooperate to uphold and extend dignity, and left and right remove the inequities that thwart fair competition, we can build a global society that's as close to heaven as we need.

Margot Franssen: We Need to Reframe Success -- Here's How

Margot Franssen | Posted 07.17.2013 | Women
Margot Franssen

Women and men can redefine what it means to be successful, but first they need to be honest with themselves.

Health Care for 1972?

Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD | Posted 07.14.2013 | Fifty
Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD

Our challenge is to get out of the 1972 mindset, and create a system of care for the present and beyond that offers a range of financial options to protect individuals and families from having to spend all of their assets to pay for long-term care needs.

'If I Am Here, All Is Here': A Rabbinic Ordination Address

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 07.14.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Bring your entire being to the service of God and your fellow creatures. Leave no part of yourself outside. Leave no piece of yourself invisible. Be passionate in the service you offer as rabbis.

Rankism vs. The Golden Rule

Robert Fuller | Posted 07.08.2013 | Religion
Robert Fuller

Many insist that man's predatory practices are undiminished and ineradicable. But an opposing trend is becoming visible. While admitting that "the arc of the moral universe is long," Martin Luther King Jr. believed that "it bends toward justice."

The Source of Indignity

Robert Fuller | Posted 06.12.2013 | Religion
Robert Fuller

What people really want in relationships is dignity, not domination. While it's not hard to understand why people who have suffered oppression might fantasize taking a turn at domination, to actually do so is to over-reach.

Fear Kills

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

We see fear's face everywhere, whether in a Congress debating assault weapons or in schools introducing lock-down drills. And for most species fear i...

Two Tails on the Road to Redemption

Rob White | Posted 04.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob White

I thought about how crazy off-based I was about Joe. And then I began to wonder: How many other people had I misjudged because of my preconceptions based on their outward image and demeanor?

'I Decided Not to Die'

Rob White | Posted 03.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob White

The potential for making lasting New Year's resolutions was driven home to me during a recent walk around the pond, near my house.