Category Archives: Ethics

Fear of Trash Removal Services?

As Republicans are deciding whether to hold their noses or turn the other cheek to make a contribution, as the stench from years of garbage dumping in public places starts to invade their suburban churches, one may wonder why the … Continue reading

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Lying to Liars

We grow up being taught that if lying is the lesser of two evils, then lies should become part of our faith, as we rally around the flag. A Washington Post article, today (“Trump’s week reveals bleak view, dubious statements … Continue reading

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To Whom it May Concern

Finland, sporting one of the most frequently admired education systems in the world, is planning to abolish the teaching of handwriting in schools. “Fluent typing skills are an important national competence,” Minna Harmanen, from the Finish National Board of Education, is quoted … Continue reading

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Ethics of DNR

Much has been made of the ethics of “Do Not Resuscitate” or “Do not Respond, when you see no life signs.”  It is an admonition to a person capable of relevant action. Important as such decisions may be, now and … Continue reading

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ISIS: Hollywood Extras Dying to Be in The Movies

While the international press and whole flocks of politicians are competing over who can roar the loudest against the blood and gore perpetrated by ISIS, while right now these blood thirsty fanatics are decimating towns and villages in Syria and Iraq, … Continue reading

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Interference

All interferers are created equal and should be treated as such. It does not matter who interferes with whom and for what purpose: they are all the Devil’s creatures. The only exception, complicated as it may be at times, are … Continue reading

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Transients

More revelations about the astonishing suggestion that the government is actually interested in what its citizens think. Now they are said to save images of what  citizens look like when they communicate with each other (see today’s  news reports about … Continue reading

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Pleasure: The Target of All Organized Evil

The apple was good. What the god did was evil. And therein lies the difference of good and evil. Try to think of an organized religion that does not gain its strength by sucking on the blood of human pleasure … Continue reading

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Houses of Gossip

“And do you know what He said then…?” I have heard it said that people on Wall Street are ten times more likely to tell ruthless lies than the general population. According to these reports, 11% percent of them are … Continue reading

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The Multiverse and the Ideal Me

Sometimes we can forget that much of our best efforts have been about trying to find ideal attitudes within ourselves, toward fellow human beings. A case could be made, that we can be surprised by our own inner potential, but … Continue reading

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Unwanted

Among Plato’s collection of somewhat adolescent pronouncements is his famous “to know the good is to do the good.” In a recent interview with Spiegel magazine, the well-experienced actress Senta Berger remarked that, while she sees theater as a moral … Continue reading

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Of Ultimate Worth?

In a recent interview with “Die Zeit,” the Israeli sociologist Eva Illouz is quoted as saying that “we love according to the rules of the market.” When I asked a renowned economist if economics knows anything about the Kantian concept … Continue reading

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