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"Everything has a moral, if only you can find it" - L.C.
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Perspectives » One Molecule for Love, Morality, and Prosperity?

Perspectives » One Molecule for Love, Morality, and Prosperity? | Moral Development | Scoop.it

"Imagine a molecule that underlies the virtues that glue societies together. Imagine that it brought out the better angels of our nature with just a sniff and could “rebond our troubled world.” Imagine that it was the “source of love and prosperity” and explained “what makes us good and evil.”

 

Well, carry on imagining."

 

It's a bit more complicated than that.  A more comprehensive perspective on the function and effects of oxytocin.  How can we elicit this balanced, "bigger picture", critical-thinking perspective among the narrowly focused?

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Perspectives » A Confucian Constitution in China

"The view that China should become more democratic is widely held in the West. But framing the debate in terms of democracy versus authoritarianism overlooks better possibilities."

 

How do political systems evolve morally?

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Perspectives » The Power of Empathy vs. The Power of Bullies

"How would you feel if that happened to you?” If bystanders can truly understand what it's like to be a victim of bullying, they are more likely to intervene, offer support, or seek help.

 

This question opens the door to teaching children about empathy. Empathy is recognizing, understanding and caring about how someone feels, or being able to “put yourself in someone’s shoes. “Treat others the way you want to be treated” is the modified golden rule that conveys empathy.

 

Empathy is a key ingredient in families, friendships and other relationships. How can empathy reduce teasing and bullying? How can empathy weaken the power of bullies?"

 


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Books » Conservatives have broader moral sense than liberals, says ‘Righteous Mind’ author

Books » Conservatives have broader moral sense than liberals, says ‘Righteous Mind’ author | Moral Development | Scoop.it

"Political ideology is an extension of morality — and morality, as Mr. Haidt is fond of saying in his new book, binds and blinds.  [...]  “The left and right in this country,” Mr. Haidt says in reference to his new book, “are two separate cultures.”"

 

How much of your moral palette are you utilizing?

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Perspectives » The Cure for Collective Self-Harm?

Perspectives » The Cure for Collective Self-Harm? | Moral Development | Scoop.it

A short synopsis of an even more fascinating entry from The Guardian.  Do your brain a favor and read both.

 

"'The City', suggests that the industry's true madness is that it's run by some  pathological individuals. Aside from them, everyone else is just a disillusioned  follower." - Business Insider

 

"In youth psychology there's a well-known phenomenon regarding collective self-harming. You have a shelter that's housing, say, 50 boys. All of a sudden and apparently out of nowhere, they all start mutilating themselves. A wave. It's only natural for outsiders to assume that something must be very wrong with that shelter. However, research and experience demonstrate that all you need to do is find the one person who started it. Isolate him from the group and lo and behold, the wave stops and everything goes back to normal." - The Guardian

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Perspectives » Legislating Morality

"As the election cycle heats up, it is interesting to see which social issues come to the fore. This election seems to be mainly about the economy (code language for high unemployment, depressed housing prices, loss of household overall wealth, and stagnant wages). This elephant in the room may be so big that social issues are crowded out and seen as irrelevant. But, I suspect that a few will make a reappearance before I enter a voting booth in November."

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Perspectives » Good News or Bad? Ethics Causing a Rise in CEO Exits

Perspectives » Good News or Bad?  Ethics Causing a Rise in CEO Exits | Moral Development | Scoop.it

Tough Love: We can do better.

 

What are the poignant childhood memories guiding your ethics?  Where have your choices led you?

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Perspectives » Philosophy in Film: Hollow Man

Perspectives » Philosophy in Film: Hollow Man | Moral Development | Scoop.it

"As a modern day nod to Plato’s Ring of Gyges, the film Hollow Man follows Sebastian Caine, a scientist who discovers a formula for invisibility. After testing the formula on himself, Caine seemingly begins to lose his moral responsibility, as he explores his newfound freedom."

 

"If you were able to act with impunity, would your moral character evaporate?"

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Perspectives » Do Animals Commit Suicide?

Perspectives » Do Animals Commit Suicide? | Moral Development | Scoop.it

""The questioning of animal suicide is essentially people looking at what it means to be human," says Duncan Wilson, a medical historian at the University of Manchester and co-author of a study in the March issue of the British journal Endeavour on the history of self-destructive animals. "The people talking about animal suicide today seem to be using it as a way to evoke sympathy for the plight of mistreated and captive animals."

 

Changes in how humans have interpreted animal suicide reflect shifting values about animals and our own self-destruction, the paper argues."

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Perspective » Unexpected Pregnancy, Morality, and the Law

Perspective » Unexpected Pregnancy, Morality, and the Law | Moral Development | Scoop.it

"Again, in a practical world how could we enforce the idea that a man who didn’t really want a child wasn’t responsible for the child? How many deadbeat dads would step forward with their reluctance, their ambivalence, as a way to worm their way out of responsibility? It is very hard to see how this could be written into law, the didn’t-want-him argument, without wide-scale abuse and harm to the children involved. On the other hand, it might be reasonable to recognize that there is a certain amount of unfairness at play. There is the possibility that a woman who has a baby against a man’s will should in some moral, if not legal universe, claim financial responsibility for that child."

 

Perhaps we need to consider for a moment that contraception methods are not a guarantee against conception.

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Perspectives » Walter Williams: We're immoral beyond redemption

Perspectives » Walter Williams: We're immoral beyond redemption | Moral Development | Scoop.it

"Benjamin Franklin, statesman and signer of our Declaration of Independence, said: 'Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.'"

 

Please consider the following:

 

What is freedom?  What are some possible reasons for the restriction of freedom?  In what ways are these reasons valid? 

 

What does virtuous mean?  Why would a virtous person not need restriction?  Why would the corrupt or vicious be more in need of masters?

What does moral mean?  If something is illegal does that mean it is immoral?  If something is clearly immoral when done by the minority, does it become moral when it is done by the majority?  If something is clearly immoral, does it become moral by legalizing it?

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An interesting response to this article: http://sas4liberty.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/does-legality-establish-morality/
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Perspectives » The Moral Diet

Perspectives » The Moral Diet | Moral Development | Scoop.it

"We all commit little indiscretions, just enough to keep from feeling too bad about it. Should we be active in curtailing this inevitability, and if so, how?"

 

"Next time you feel tempted by something, recite the Ten Commandments. A small triggering nudge at the moment of temptation, Ariely argues, is more effective than an epic sermon meant to permanently transform your whole soul.

 

I’d add that you really shouldn’t shoot for goodness, which is so vague and forgiving. You should shoot for rectitude. We’re mostly unqualified to judge our own moral performances, so attach yourself to some exterior or social standards."

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Perspectives » Why Theology Matters

"As i get further along in to my studies, i have realized this simple truth: Theology Matters. And this is a great, brief video summing up “Why Theology Matters” ... I love the last line: We are all theologians."

 

While I am by no means religious neither do I believe that one must be religious to be moral.  I find this clip particularly engaging and I'm moved by the earnest desire to study and find truth.  Is there any value system that aspires to know falsehood rather than truth?  Whatever system of values and beliefs we carry, if we seek at all we seek truth don't we?

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Perspectives » Disenfranchised Felons

"The number of Americans who cannot vote because they have been convicted of a felony continues to grow. The Sentencing Project reported Thursday that in 2010 5.5 million voting-age citizens were disenfranchised because of their criminal records, up by 9 percent from 2004.  About a quarter are in prison, but the rest have completed their sentences or are on probation or parole."

 

How can felons change, demonstrate change, and be accepted by society as citizens and not felons after incarceration?

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Perspectives » #362 Life After Hate is Possible

Perspectives » #362 Life After Hate is Possible | Moral Development | Scoop.it

On listening to the CBC broadcast of Arno Michael's poignant story, Life after Hate, you hear of a personal transformation from harbinger of violence to champion of dignity.  But beyond the skepticism of a human's capacity to change, beyond recognition of the call he has answered with action, you hear admonitions for failing to turn himself in for his admissions.

 

I can understand the cry for blood, of an-eye-for-an-eye but in light of his words coupled with his actions we must queston ourselves.  What purpose does punishment and incarceration serve?  Is it protection of the public?  Is it to reform a harmful individual?  Is it to appease someone's outrage?


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Perspectives » The Downside of Liberty

Perspectives » The Downside of Liberty | Moral Development | Scoop.it
For hippies and bohemians as for businesspeople and investors, the extreme individualism of the ’60s has been triumphant. Selfishness won.

 

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Perspectives » The Pros and Cons of Sacrificing for the Ones We Love

Perspectives » The Pros and Cons of Sacrificing for the Ones We Love | Moral Development | Scoop.it

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News » Moral Dystopia

News » Moral Dystopia | Moral Development | Scoop.it

"We hope we would be Sir Thomas More in “A Man for All Seasons,” who dismisses his daughter’s pleas to compromise his ideals and save his life, saying: “When a man takes an oath, Meg, he’s holding his own self in his own hands. Like water. And if he opens his fingers then, he needn’t hope to find himself again.”

 

But with formerly hallowed institutions and icons sinking into a moral dystopia all around us, has our sense of right and wrong grown more malleable? What if we’re not Thomas More but Mike McQueary?

 

As our institutions decay, is our sense of right and wrong crumbling as well?"

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Perspectives » What Makes a Moral Hero?

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"In a time obsessed with victims, moral heroes have never been more important: who exemplify how to live in the world instead of just existing in it, who remind us that life is larger than the dimensions we are urged to accept."

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Perspectives » When Judging Gets Us Into Trouble

"I’m judgmental. Really judgmental.

 

And so are you.

 

You are so judgmental.

 

You can’t not be. Making judgments about other people’s behavior comes naturally to human beings; it’s wired into the way we think."

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Perspective » Create a Life with Purpose

"Clay Christensen, Harvard Business School professor and best-selling author, discusses his new book and explains why it's essential to follow your commitments 100% of the time."

 

"I think we can say that at graduation time everyone plans to live a life that is honest and filled with integrity and then something happened and they decided 'just this once, in this extenuating circumstance, I can do it because this is unique... '  And they become what they become."

 

My question to everyone is this: Do you do what you do because someone told you to, are you rebelling, or do you have an internal set of guiding principles? 

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Perspectives » Taking Solitary Confinement to Court

An argument against the "unimaginable cruelty" of solitary confinement.

 

Regardless of which side of the argument you fall into this article can lead us to some very important questions:

If someone puts their life on the line is it wrong to deny their request? 

Is solitary confinement an unjust punishment?

Is grounding a child for misbehaving unimaginably cruel and unjust?

What is the purpose of judicial punishment? What are some other ways this can be achieved?

Are drug possession, burglary, and other crimes permissible so long as they are non-violent?

Is a "three strikes" policy for punishment unfair?

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Perspectives » Michael J. Sandel: When Markets Crowd Out Morals

Perspectives » Michael J. Sandel: When Markets Crowd Out Morals | Moral Development | Scoop.it

"We live in a time when almost anything can be bought and sold. Markets have come to govern our lives as never before. But are there some things that money should not be able to buy? Most people would say yes."

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Perspectives » Morals and the machine

Perspectives » Morals and the machine | Moral Development | Scoop.it

"IN THE classic science-fiction film “2001”, the ship’s computer, HAL, faces a dilemma. His instructions require him both to fulfil the ship’s mission (investigating an artefact near Jupiter) and to keep the mission’s true purpose secret from the ship’s crew. To resolve the contradiction, he tries to kill the crew.

 

As robots become more autonomous, the notion of computer-controlled machines facing ethical decisions is moving out of the realm of science fiction and into the real world. Society needs to find ways to ensure that they are better equipped to make moral judgments than HAL was."

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Perspectives » The Hearts and Minds of Animals: A Discussion with Dr. Marc Bekoff

Perspectives » The Hearts and Minds of Animals: A Discussion with Dr. Marc Bekoff | Moral Development | Scoop.it

"I like to stress to people, many of whom don’t even realize it, that how we treat other animals has direct effects on how we feel about ourselves. I argue in many places that compassion begets compassion and that there is an ever-growing compassion umbrella that encompasses or embraces many different species including humans. So, when we’re nice to other animals and empathize compassionately with their physical and mental health we’re also spreading compassion to other people."

 

"rapidly accumulating data are showing that both nonhuman and human animals are by nature compassionate, kind, and empathic and we’ve been radically mislead by misreadings of Charles Darwin’s ideas about the role of competition in the evolution of social behavior and by mass media for whom blood sells."

 

"People forget, too frequently, that they, we, all of us are animals."

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