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Moral Values

What if Mary Did Not Have a Choice?

Gabriella Lettini, Ph.D. | Posted 02.13.2014 | Religion
Gabriella Lettini, Ph.D.

Advent is about the choice to nurture a world reflective of divine justice and individual choice. To participate in a challenge to oppressive powers. Mary chose to participate, to nurture a force pushing against her experience of an occupying empire and furthering equality among peoples.

Deeper Heart Connections or Deeper Shopping Discounts -- What Will You Choose?

HeartMath LLC | Posted 01.26.2014 | Healthy Living
HeartMath LLC

Retailers would rather we open our wallets before our hearts. One motivating factor is the fact that there are less shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, as well as retailers being nervous about consumer spending and overall concern about the economy.

The Moral Core of the Current Health Care Debate

Jonathan Wolfman | Posted 12.30.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Wolfman

Do we regard and are we better off regarding affordable health care, and particularly for the least among us, as a fundamental moral right?

The Financial Crisis Could Be Impacting Our Morality

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 10.22.2013 | Business

The financial crisis didn't just hurt the economy. It also may have done major damage to our collective moral standards, a new study suggests. Afte...

Moral Persuasion on Abortion

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Joseph B. Kadane

The choice to insult and legislate against abortion is a choice to feel self-righteous rather than to be effective in protecting the unborn. Are you OK with that?

The Significance of the Pope's Interview: Christianity Doesn't Compel Homophobia

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 11.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Nathaniel Frank

What's critical to realize -- lest we believe that Christian doctrine actually compels its adherents to condemn gay people -- is that anti-gay religious sentiment has always been a matter of tone and focus, so a change here is both the best we're likely to get and possibly all that's really needed.

Does the Free Market Corrode Moral Character?

Victor Udoewa | Posted 11.03.2013 | Business
Victor Udoewa

I actually do not know what system would be better, though I am willing to work with others to create one. Perhaps, a possible solution is more subtle than a change of systems. One of the communal moral corrosions that I see all around will help explain this -- a lack of satisfaction.

Leadership, Ego, Delusion -- and Trust: L'affaire Weiner

John Tarnoff | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
John Tarnoff

An elected official, or any leader, whether of families, small teams or large organizations, has signed up for more than just being an effective manager. We have to believe in them based on our experience of them, not on what they say to us.

No High Road in this Parking Lot! What Would You Have Done?

Monique Honaman | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Monique Honaman

My mantra is all about taking the high road, although I usually write about taking the high road as it relates to love, marriage, divorce and everything in between.

Is Mediation About Reaching the Same Result in a More Efficient and Economical Manner?

Mark Baer | Posted 08.31.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

My last article on mediation, titled "Should Divorcing Couples Who Mediate Be Talking Through Counsel?," was the first of a series of articles on medi...

The Missing Moral Dimension In The Health Care Debate

Frank G. Kirkpatrick | Posted 08.04.2013 | Religion
Frank G. Kirkpatrick

To treat health care as an optional commodity, which should compete in the market place alongside the option of choosing a large flat-screen TV, fundamentally misunderstands what health care is and why its provision is a moral imperative in a society that claims to be a moral one.

Don't Blame Empathy

Jodi Halpern | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Jodi Halpern

People care about more than numbers. They care so much about subjective well-being that they are willing to trade years of life for improved quality of life. Cold reason is really not sufficient to assess anyone's quality of life. That evaluation requires a robust application of empathy.

Origins And Questions Of Character Education

KidSpirit | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion

There are now a multitude of character education programs being implemented in schools all across the United States. While in principle it might be important to teach character, one might ask, "Is it effective? What is it good for? Does it ultimately help academic performance?"

The Role of Values in Eating Disorders Treatment

Kenneth L. Weiner, M.D., FAED, CEDS | Posted 04.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Kenneth L. Weiner, M.D., FAED, CEDS

Eating disorders are phobic disorders; therefore, we have to challenge the phobia and support patients in confronting their fears. To do so, we must find something they value more than their eating disorder, something that's so important to them that it overrides this anxiety.

Wake Up America: We Are Losing the Moral Ground

Georges Ugeux | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics
Georges Ugeux

For those of us who travel around the world, there is no doubt that, while admired for many other reasons, the United States of America is increasingly losing the moral ground that it not only was proud of, but is trying to preach to the rest of the world.

Integrity Trumps Homelessness

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 02.11.2013 | Good News
Peter A. Georgescu

Do you have stories of people, like Tally, who have turned their lives around by doing something good that might not at first seem to be in their own interest?

Fear Of The Fiscal Cliff

Rev. Peter Morales | Posted 02.02.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peter Morales

Fear of plummeting over the "fiscal cliff" is driving the political discourse in Washington right now. The conversation, however, needs to be framed not as a political or economic issue, but as a moral issue.

The Tragedy of Mitt Romney

Carla Seaquist | Posted 01.18.2013 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Oh, what might have been..... Consider what Mitt Romney might have been---as candidate, as president..... While I am very pleased Barack Obama was ...

The Shifting Morass of Morals

Garry Gilfoy | Posted 12.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Garry Gilfoy

Morals arise from our values. They are personal, having to do with the people and environment in which we were raised and the experiences that shaped our growing up. As adults, our morals are still shifting and changing.

Women and Morality: What Has Changed?

Kristen Houghton | Posted 10.02.2012 | Women
Kristen Houghton

Morality changes as society changes, and many things once seen as immoral are now accepted as moral.

Which Would You Smack With a Shovel?

Waldo Mellon | Posted 09.11.2012 | Comedy
Waldo Mellon

I'm inviting you to play a fabulous game I've devised. The rules are simple. I'm going to give you an imaginary shovel. And then I am going to present to you an imaginary table, upon which I'm going to place different sets of imaginary things, one of which you must smash with said shovel.

A Great Speech About Why America Isn't Great Anymore (But Can Be Again)

Carla Seaquist | Posted 09.09.2012 | TV
Carla Seaquist

For those of us heartsick over the moral state of things in this country, this is pure catnip.

Obama vs. Romney: The Framing Matchup, Round One

George Lakoff | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics
George Lakoff

Where Romney talks morality (conservative style), Obama mainly talks policy. Where Romney reframes Obama, Obama does not reframe Romney. In fact, he reinforces Romney's frames by repeating Romney's language word for word -- without spelling out his own values explicitly.

Economics and Morality: Paul Krugman's Framing

George Lakoff | Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics
George Lakoff

Historically, American democracy is premised on the moral principle that citizens care about each other and that a robust Public is the way to act on that care. Who is the market economy for? All of us. Equally.

America's 'Crazed Egalitarian Slide'

Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.10.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

There used to be a time when we reached for the moon -- in our nation, in ourselves, and in our expectations of others. Then something happened along the way.