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Moral Values

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.

When Do You Practice What You Preach?

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 06.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

When you say what you are going to do in a situation, you are making your best guess about it. However, it is hard for you to simulate all of the other factors that are going to influence your behavior.

Are You Decent?

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 05.26.2012 | Impact
Sarah O'Leary

I learned long ago not to use God to justify my actions, to act like I'm superior to anyone else, or to rationalize my false need to control the lives of my fellow man and woman. Instead, I try my level best to cultivate my decency, and pray for other Americans to do the same.

Voters on Tilt

Annie Duke | Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics
Annie Duke

Whenever a voter casts their vote for a candidate that will hurt their economic interests just because they are pro-life or anti-gay marriage they are on tilt -- just as if they lost some really ugly hand at the poker table.

Are Women Morally Different From Men?

Psychology Today | Posted 03.12.2012 | Women

With Barack Obama's nomination of Elena Kagan, the United States Supreme Court is likely to have more women than ever before. Some wonder whether the ...

Belief Alone Is No Basis for Public Policy

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

Conservatives have spent generations accusing liberals of moral relativism and "anything goes" indulgence in their feelings or whims. But is a belief any less arbitrary of a foundation for the giving or taking away of people's rights?

Santorum, Cardinal Dolan And The Tinfoil Hat: Who Gets Into The Public Square?

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 05.05.2012 | Religion
G. Elijah Dann

Santorum and Dolan are at least right on one point. No one should be saying that religious people can't participate in the public square. The reality is, however, the public square has a cacophony of voices.

Confronting Moral Beliefs

Aaron Anson | Posted 02.15.2012 | Politics
Aaron Anson

Government and religions are hell-bent on setting the barometer for society to live by. Coupled with our mob mentality to assimilate, this creates a false sense that their values are also our own.

The Education Gap: Lessons from Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth and Steve Jobs

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 12.12.2011 | Education
Rev. Romal J. Tune

Last week we lost two great visionary leaders whose impact on the world has forever changed our lives. Yet, sadly, I think we missed the opportunity to make their contributions to society a real teachable moment for our children.

Sexual Anarchy and Other Worries

W. Hunter Roberts | Posted 10.01.2011 | Religion
W. Hunter Roberts

We can stand for love and responsible relationships, in all its shapes and sizes, as a positive moral force, or risk losing the gains of the past half-century to fear and control.

The Tea Party's Sacred Cows and the Privilege of Absurdity

Scott Atran | Posted 09.30.2011 | Politics
Scott Atran

Because people hold sacred values to be absolute and inviolable, any symbolic "concession" must not appear to violate or weaken one's own sacred values. Doing so would likely be seen as forsaking core personal and social identity.

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.

Confronting An Immoral Budget

Rev. Jennifer Butler | Posted 08.07.2011 | Religion
Rev. Jennifer Butler

The message from the mainstream faith community is clear -- the economic agenda pushed by religious right political operatives is extreme, and it contradicts Christian moral values.

A New Values Debate For 2012

Rev. Jennifer Butler | Posted 06.13.2011 | Religion
Rev. Jennifer Butler

Conventional wisdom about faith and politics usually (and falsely) divides "values voters" opposed to abortion and gay marriage from those focused on kitchen-table issues like jobs and taxes.

Defining Our Democracy, One Budget at a Time

Harvard Kennedy School Democrats | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvard Kennedy School Democrats

"Budgets are moral documents." These words from the Rev. Jim Wallis reflect a simple yet powerful fact about our democratic process: where we put our money reveals how we define our values.

Budgets Are Still Moral Documents

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

We all need to be reminded in the midst of what can become budget-frenzy that budgets are moral documents, and that the love of money can cause people to do all sorts of evil things.

Why Integrity Is Never Easy

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Have you ever wondered why mission, vision, or value statements are needed in the first place? After all, nobody wants to get involved with a company that lies, cheats, and tricks its customers.

Meeting The Extremist Challenge By Obeying The Unenforceable

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

When the boundaries between helpful and harmful speech are unenforceable, what can we do, in church or state, to reinforce and protect those recognized boundaries?

Stuart Whatley

Sam Harris: How Science Can Determine Human Values (Review)

HuffingtonPost.com | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Why not let a science of morality prove or disprove itself as science has done for medicine? Fortunately, in our free and open society, people like Sam Harris have every opportunity to do just that.