Once a nation turns its back on a resolute determination to cultivate moral deservedness, political and financial superintendency passes to those who gain power illegitimately--a fact described eloquently by President Theodore Roosevelt.
One of NFL Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcell's more oft-used quotes is: "You are what your record says you are." That doesn't just apply to sports teams. Team America's record of late has not been of the champion of the values we say define who we are and what we're about. Our record says more about our real identity more than the one we imagine.
Mr. Obama, in ruling out prosecution for torture, may have thought he spared us bother, but actually he did us harm. By casting accountability into limbo, he makes possible government-sponsored torture in the future and prevents America from recovering the thing most precious: our good name.
The imagery of the giant, brutish, King-Kong-like black man threatening our cities is far from new. Currently it seems to be intersecting dangerously with another popular rhetorical image: the obese person who is responsible for his own frail, unworthy body. This intersection was especially on display in Eric Garner's case.
Individuals often rush through the world to complete activities each day to get through their daily lives, many times running so fast that there isn't sufficient time to slow down and ask: Who am I? What am I doing? Am I really who I think I am?
More can and should be done to make naloxone widely available at an affordable price, and we must demand better from an industry that would seek to profit from both the poison and the antidote.
It is time for us to examine our fundamental views about animal ethics, to look at ourselves in the mirror and ask, "Are we really less barbaric than 'those people' who kill dolphins or eat dogs?"
Tis the season of giving. Right? From "Giving Tuesday" to Salvation Army bell ringers to frantic online donations or checks postmarked by Dec. 31, charitable giving spikes in December.
How should we rank order the following in terms of their importance in how we want our government to behave: morally; legally, constitutionally, effectively? Of course, we want all these things, but when push comes to shove, as it does for an individual government worker in the CIA, a government agency, and a nation, what matters most?
We can't pretend it wasn't torture anymore, because the facts weren't swept under a historical rug this time.
States should perform due diligence and delete from "Resource Directories" those agencies that mislead the public. The public deserves better.
What irony within a fortnight! Stephen Hawking rings alarms about the dangers of artificial intelligence (AI) with machines outsmarting humanity, co...
How can those of us who feel like global citizens already -- which is not everyone, granted -- begin to act like global citizens?
It is easy to teach a child that stealing other people's pencils, crayons -- "stuff" -- is unacceptable and, more importantly punishable. But in the online world, the idea of stealing becomes murky.
Do you see a problem here? Is something missing from the lesson taught? I think there is. And it is a common problem in the social studies -- in history, sociology, anthropology, even education. The issue, as is so often the case, is power.
Is meditation good for your career? According to a recent article in the NY Times, the answer is an unequivocal "Yes." But does this violate the sacredness of the practice?