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NY Times Columnist David Brooks Explores Sin, Virtue In New Book

Religion News Service | Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) New York Times columnist David Brooks is the most unconventional of conservatives — the kind of traditionalist who has crossover appe...

Programming Our Computer-like Brains With Greek Philosophy and Mathematics Leads to Virtue

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 05.24.2015 | Education
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Philosophy and science together give birth to environmental ethics. The sciences discover the laws of nature, and philosophy provides the reasoning for our respect for the natural world and, therefore, our respect for the integrity of life on Earth.

Ayn Rand Haters Will Hate

Madelynne Wager | Posted 05.12.2015 | Books
Madelynne Wager

After reading Rand's most famous work, Atlas Shrugged, I find my thoughts on politics and life profoundly inspired. Her characters and philosophical convictions are unapologetically pragmatic and simply refreshing. Rand's work reminds me of an important lesson: haters will hate.

Are Black Americans the Most Religious -- and Virtuous -- of All?

David Briggs | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

In a nation where rising numbers of people are dropping out of organized religion, one dynamic religious movement continues to display remarkable strength. The black church.

Why Sport Matters

Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr. | Posted 04.26.2015 | Sports
Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr.

There is far more to Dean Smith's legacy than 879 basketball victories, an Olympic gold medal victory in 1976, two Division I National Championships and an astonishing 11 Final Four appearances. There is the far-from-simple virtue of a life well lived.

I'll Vote for That

Katharine Rose | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Katharine Rose

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.

The Upsides Of Self-Pity

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 11.24.2014 | World

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon; you were nine years old. Your parents wouldn’t let you have any ice cream if you didn’t do your maths homework. I...

Traditional Virtues Trump Ethics Codes

Brad Reid | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
Brad Reid

So, are virtues a matter of genetics or environmental influences? I have no answer to this question except to say that it is the wrong question in this conversation.

Praise the Lord or Praise the Person?

Myisha Cherry | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion
Myisha Cherry

The next time you leave your door unlocked and no one breaks in, the next time someone buys you a gift, or the next time someone does something nice for you, I'm not telling you not to thank God (if thanking God is what you do), I'm simply suggesting that people are also worthy of praise.

Derek Jeter: Mr. Dependability

Clark Power | Posted 09.15.2014 | Sports
Clark Power

He consistently got on base and was a canny base runner. He was the teammate to be counted on. Plagued by nagging injuries, he showed up and played no matter how he felt. Although he was an All-Star, he did the little things day after day and challenged his teammates to do the same.

Moral Stories and the Media

Eldon Taylor | Posted 08.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Eldon Taylor

A recent study carried out by researchers, Victoria Talwar of McGill University and Kang Lee at the University of Toronto, demonstrated the value of p...

Talking About Character in an Age of Respectability Politics

Myisha Cherry | Posted 08.22.2014 | Black Voices
Myisha Cherry

The idea behind the respectability politics of our day is that in order to not be oppressed, discriminated against, victimized or treated harshly by others, it is the responsibility of the oppressed group to "act good."

Studies: It Is Most Blessed to Give and to Receive

David Briggs | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Congregants who only gave help to other members were twice as likely to fully trust their fellow worshipers as participants who neither gave nor received help. Members who only received help were nearly three times as likely to have the same high level of trust. But it was the combination of both that made the biggest difference.

Why Integrity Is So Vital to Our Fulfillment in Life

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 06.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Joseph W. Gauld

If we aren't fully satisfied with the life we are leading, maybe it's because our mind is not in sync with this deeper part of ourselves, and we are not on the path to achieve the needed integrity to make us whole.

From Entitled to Empowered: Building Four Virtues in Students to Combat Entitlement in the Classroom

Tim Elmore | Posted 04.21.2014 | Education
Tim Elmore

It may sound old fashioned, but the recipe for healthy students, who don't act "entitled," requires an environment that cultivates the following timeless virtues.

Maybe You're Not Failing Enough

Joe Boyd | Posted 03.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Joe Boyd

I've come to believe that failure is the currency used to purchase two of the most sought after human virtues. Here's my talk. Let me know if you agree.

America Isn't the Greatest Country on Earth -- And That's Just Fine

Matt Bieber | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Matt Bieber

Can we be honest for a second? It's an obnoxious thing to say. How would you respond to someone at a party who talked this way about himself? But more than that, it's confusing.

Being Kind is Underrated

Michael Shammas | Posted 02.25.2014 | Good News
Michael Shammas

The other day I was speaking with a friend who was depressed because of a perceived lack of virtues. According to her, she was less intelligent, less ...

The Need to Build Virtuous Organizations

Frank Islam | Posted 02.17.2014 | Business
Frank Islam

We don't know how many virtuous organizations there are in the United States today. We do know that we need more -- many more.

Valuable Life Lessons to Gain From Thanksgiving

Suna Senman | Posted 01.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Suna Senman

Thanksgiving offers opportunities to learn and bequeath meaningful life lessons for peace, joy and happiness. November can be a gray, cold and diffi...

5 Lessons Learned From A Very Unlikely Source

Dr. Carmen Harra | Posted 12.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Carmen Harra

Virtues are our moral duties to each other and to ourselves. And as with any other precious element of life, virtues must be shared to be felt. Extend your highest virtues, your greatest parts of your self, and gift them to the world to feel them grow in your heart.

Compassion as a Moral Force

David DeSteno | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living
David DeSteno

The more frequently any of us feels compassion in our daily lives, the more it prevents escalations of violence as a method to deal with the immoral actions of others. Of most import, it doesn't even matter toward whom we feel that compassion.

Combatting Wrath With Patience: 7 Virtues + 7 Vices For Our Vets

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 08.10.2013 | Impact
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

Faced with joblessness, homelessness and severe emotional scarring, many of our veterans are getting pretty angry -- and rightfully so. The problem is, this deadly sin has a track record for making problems worse, and the last thing our warriors deserve is more turmoil coloring their new post-war normal.

Combatting Pride With Humility: 7 Virtues + 7 Vices For Our Vets

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

When we hear the word "pride," our first reaction is probably pretty positive. Team pride, military pride, school pride: these all show we're willing ...

Mark Williams: Anyone Can Be Wise

Mark Williams | Posted 07.07.2013 | Women
Mark Williams

While wisdom is not the enemy of emotional commitment nor of cool rationality, neither strong emotion nor logic alone are the best route to the wise mind. While only few can be clever, anyone -- no matter what their job, age or status -- can be wise.