Category Archives: Morality

THE CURRENT POLITICAL PREDICAMENT

It may be too simplistic, but it appears that voters are willing to overlook one form of moral indiscretion, adultery, but not another, sexual harassment. Does morality play a role in politics and governing? Should society hold its political leaders to a standard of moral integrity? Which standard?

John Adams believed that morality plays a vital role in the survival of a democratic society. In a speech to the military in 1798, he stated, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.… Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Continue reading

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A REALLY HAPPY LIFE

Many people interpret the Dalai Lama’s message as harmonious with Jesus’ teaching. … Although the two men call for the same behavior and agree on the virtues that constitute the good life, the similarities end there. The sources of these virtues differ in the two religious systems. Christian ethics grounds itself in the character of the personal and moral God. … Buddhism knows no such God. Continue reading

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THE LIFE OF JANE

Not yet 20, Jane is already divorced, a mother and a recovering drug addict. Her parents divorced when she was young, and her mother suffered a debilitating aneurism when Jane was only 12. She has had to serve as a part-time caregiver, not only to her mother, but also to her grandmother, who lives with them. Continue reading

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