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Moral Compass

Our Complicity in the Somaly Mam Scandal

Cindy Brandt | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

It is time we inspect the basic motives to why we engage in this fight against injustice. Whether it is on grounds of human decency and equality, or because we are compelled by our faith; let's recalibrate our moral compass so it is not led astray by our tendency to strive for the sensational stories.

When Our Children Bring Mistakes To Us

Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis | Posted 06.26.2014 | Parents
Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis

Our children are going to make mistakes; whether or not we're part of the solution depends on the relationships we build today.

Why Pres. Obama Should Have Prosecuted the Bush Administration for War Crimes -- and Still Can (By Other Means)

Carla Seaquist | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Engaging in counterfactual, what-if history can be uselessly speculative, but here are three demonstrable ways the Obama administration -- and America too -- have been hurt by not prosecuting Bush officials for the crimes of torture and fraudulent war.

Presidents Day, 2014

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Nigel Hamilton

Traditionally Presidents Day was Washington's birthday. It was celebrated as a public holiday on February 22 each year, in peace or in war. Seventy years ago it was FDR's task to remember his great predecessor.

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...

Books for Our Times: Capital by John Lanchester (a Novel)

Carla Seaquist | Posted 10.19.2013 | Books
Carla Seaquist

To understand the motivation of the financial types who brought down the economy in 2008, where better to go than the novel? Nonfiction gives us facts and their fallout, but novels (and plays) probe motivation.

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.

Society Instructs Hollywood on 'Moral Ambiguity' of Torture: Or, What the Zero Dark Thirty Controversy Means

Carla Seaquist | Posted 06.07.2013 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Film, whether big-screen or TV, is a powerful medium of representation; it has the power to define. And with this controversy, Society pushed back and said we do not like how this film represents or defines us.

Matthew Crawley of Downton Abbey: Moral Hero

Carla Seaquist | Posted 04.23.2013 | TV
Carla Seaquist

Invariably, if a matter of moral import were at issue, Matthew could be counted on to do the right thing, put it right. In a word, Matthew was a mensch.

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 ...

'Banned for Life'

Felice Shapiro | Posted 12.24.2012 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

How much are we willing to risk to win?

Do You Measure Up?

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 12.23.2012 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

I made a mental list of some of the ways I have failed: I believe in recycling, but every once in a while I throw paper in the blue trash bin instead of the green. I believe in returning the shopping cart to its metal cage in the lot, except when I am in a really, really, big hurry.

God Loves David Brooks

Marty Kaplan | Posted 08.04.2012 | Religion
Marty Kaplan

David Brooks writes that, "Many people today have not been given vocabularies to talk about what virtue is..." The trouble isn't that we lack a moral vocabulary; it's that that language has long been a mask for wielding power.

Valuable Lessons of 2011

Amy Chan | Posted 02.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy Chan

You will lose your job. You will have your heart broken. The person you admired will disappoint you. You will make mistakes that you'll regret. You will fall. And you will get up. Life's curveballs are inevitable, therefore position yourself so that the "getting up" part is not so crippling.

Casey Anthony, The Jury's Decision And The Neuroscience Of Morality

Michael Graziano | Posted 09.10.2011 | Religion
Michael Graziano

As I saw outrage ripple through the media and the public, I realized that we were witnessing a textbook example of the two different kinds of morality.

Thinking About Integrity

Laura Mola | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Laura Mola

We can all be fair, especially when it suits us. We can all have ethics when we have nothing to lose. We can all be moral when it serves our interest.

A Letter To Young Egyptian Protesters, From A Veteran U.S. Activist

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

The Egyptian people have won the hearts of the world. They represent a new generation, a new leadership, and a new hope for the future. It is their time to lead.

My Church Has No Doors

Laura Mola | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Laura Mola

It and whatever you want to call "it": a higher power, the universe, God, my moral center, Spirit, conscience, compass, heart, the better part of me, -- is inside of me.

President Obama Should Have Fought This One

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Obama has again bent to the economic philosophy that rewards the casino gamblers on Wall Street and leaves the majority of the country standing outside the casino with a tin cup -- hoping that the gamblers are at least big tippers.

It Takes A Movement: The Next Steps

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Neither the left nor the right has the answers to our most pressing problems, though each will continue to say that it does. So we have to focus on the spiritual and moral values that bring us together.

It Takes A Movement: Why Politics Is Frozen Solid -- Part 2

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

What has still not been really understood by Obam's White House, by most of his supporters and by a media that mostly focuses on who's up and who's down in Washington during any given week is this: It takes a movement.

Seven Steps to Civility This Election Season

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

This week, a group of more than 130 former legislators, both Republicans and Democrats, released a letter urging for civility and encouraging candidates, once elected, to focus on cooperation to face our country's greatest challenges.

An Open Letter to Glenn Beck

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Before, I thought you were just another cable news talk show host. Now, you are using the language of a spiritual and even a religious leader. But to invoke the name of God and the vocation of a spiritual leader has consequences.

Who are YOU grateful to? Book Review: "Still Surprised" by Warren Bennis: Book Review

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Having a mentor like Warren Bennis not only makes you want to do a better job, it makes you want to be a better person.

Who Wins When the U.S. Restricts Religious Freedom?

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

If terrorists are able to not only attack us physically but get us to judge our neighbors by labels rather than the content of their character, turn our back on the Constitution and then restrict the religious freedom of other Americans, we all lose.