Sportsmanship in its most pure form -- defined as "fair play, respect for opponents and polite behaviors by someone who is competing in a sport or other competition" -- can still be found.
However, my focus is not on any of these collections, but rather on three recent books by Bay Area Poets that not only deserve to be part of this larger literary conversation but are among the best books of 2014. If you missed them last year, I have good news--2015 is young.
Strangely, given the importance of public opinion to successful governing, there has been little work done on the impact of how leaders frame and justify their decisions. Two psychological scientists at Berkeley's Haas School of Business are trying to change that.
While it would be such a relief for schools if helping students become "good" was as simple as teaching them emotional skills, a recent study suggests that there's a lot more to acting morally than knowing how to manage your emotions.
The New England Patriots' postgame celebration started to deflate shortly after the AFC Championship Game concluded. This sudden release of tension occurred due to questions related to the Patriots' adherence to the NFL's game rules and ethical standards.
Some philosophers have argued that the desire to act in a way that is consistent with one's values and sense of self is linked to well-being. But others have argued that learning to express thoughts and feelings that obscure one's true inner state is an important adaptation for successful living. A team of psychological scientists has been working to resolve this issue empirically.
It's hard to trust the news overall when many major stories are ignored by news outlets. It's hard to trust the news when the press does so little fact-checking.
The mere idea that members of Congress should be required to take annual ethics training speaks volumes about how far we have strayed from our founders' values, but may be necessary as a first step toward restoring decency and respectability in our nation's capital.
This month, as we celebrate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., let us remember that optimism -- hope built on values and leavened by humility, hope based on conviction even when we cannot be sure of the outcome -- is an essential ingredient in the kind of leadership we admire in him.
To solve some of the world's most pressing issues, it's not enough to admonish consumers to adopt a more ethical identity. Davos leaders must actively enable it. Otherwise, the state of the world will not improve.
Education is central to economic growth, and reducing student debt, now estimated at $1.2 trillion nationally, is essential, lest we burden an entire generation with crushing financial responsibilities. But higher education ought to be about more than economics. It ought to be about not just learning to earn but learning to live a fulfilling life.
The Supreme Court is hearing a case tomorrow that threatens to further politicize the bench at a time of skyrocketing spending in judicial races.
I'm writing this to make a point that I feel can't ever become redundant. I seem to keep having to argue a very necessary objective regarding the PSU/Paterno scandal and the NCAA sanctions. I suppose I'll keep reiterating as often as possible until people who don't get it, do.
Whatever your practice might be, I hope that it involves training in compassion. Now, with all the challenges we face in the world, we can be confident that kindness and compassion are the bedrock of personal and social change.
Tolerating uncivil behavior, unfortunately, is the price we have to pay for virtual communication. I don't like reading hateful responses to the things I online, but the alternative -- a policy that stifles speech -- is a lot worse.
We live in a world of soaring inequality. It is our choice if we want to tell the same old stories, or if we want to create a vision of economic life that truly integrates competing value systems.