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How to live ethically
Arthur Dobrin D.S.W.
So much bad news makes wears on our capacity for empathy.
Since being happy is the goal of rational people, why do so many of us do things that are guaranteed to make us miserable?
Racism of white nationalists is obvious; the racism of well-intentioned whites is mostly obscure, at least to white people.
Getting married in a religious ceremony when couples don't really believe can create serious problems, for the couple and the religion.
Public condolences may actually be harmful.
It's time to think about what we celebrate and why.
Controversy around sports figures kneeling during the national anthem raises the question: What do the anthem and flag really stand for?
Schools stigmatize children to get them to pay for school meals. It's psychologically damaging and morally wrong.
The inner and the outer selves are separated at our own peril.
Is it better to rage, rage against death or to go gently into the night?
There is a reason why some blame the victim: it is a matter of their moral system.
You know when you're not treated fairly; it's built into your biology.
I'm frustrated by my students' inability to put away their electronic devices. One country responds to the growing addiction.
You've been hurt—maybe you shouldn't forgive.
The balance between too much fear and not enough of it is the proper place to be, most of the time.
Have you ever wondered why smart people do irrational things?
To reject the findings of science is to choose stupidity; to reject the liberal arts is to choose an immature heart.
Can the website communtiesandpolicetalk.org help make for better policing?
Will driverless cars use logic or empathy?
Martin Luther King, Jr. begged for the day when a person would be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. But can we really be color blind?
Short sayings, along with poetry, are an important avenue of approaching morality, which is as much about the human spirit as it is about human nature.
How colleges should choose an incoming class is as complex as higher education itself.
Huge sums of charitable giving don’t merely supplement public spending; they subvert it.
Children may suffer in families for many reasons but being raised by a gay individual or couple is not, in and of itself, one of them.
The beginning of real eduction is feeling uncomfortable.
The issue isn’t whether terrorists and fanatics are acting in the name of their religion but whether they are acting on behalf of humanity.
Volatile situations produce panic and you need rigorous training to know how to react properly. Putting more guns in the hands of more people isn’t the way to safety.
When a doctor recommends a test or procedure, come prepared with four questions to help you think clearly.
After the shooting in Charleston and terrorist attacks elsewhere, a question arises: is there anything that cannot be forgiven?
"America First" or "I Lift My Lamp Beside the Golden Door" are competing versions of American history. Both are accurate.
Arthur Dobrin, D.S.W., teaches applied ethics at Hofstra University. He is the author, coauthor, and editor of more than 20 books.
Thoughts and opinions of how to live an ethical life