Habits Are Necessary but Make Us Thoughtless

Habits work so well because they don’t require thinking.

Isolation Even When Symptom Free

While everyone hopes that it will turn out to be an unnecessary to isolate health care workers arriving from West Africa, acting out of an abundance of caution is reassuring to the community.

The Importance of Disconnecting

The uniqueness of personality is often obscured by the clamor of society, a carnival of distractions.

The Attraction of Terrorism

Young people want challenges; they need challenges; they yearn to discover their own strengths; they want to be part of something larger and more meaningful than their individual selves.

There Is No Choice but to Trust

Whenever we lie to a friend or don’t keep our word to colleagues or jump the line at the checkout counter, we undermine the very thing that makes life doable.

Forgetting: What Washington's Birthday Doesn't Teach

The irrational brains can be tamed by our rational capacities.

I Am Ridiculous, How About You?

To step back once in a while and examine our own absurdities can be a useful thing.

Doctors Need to Listen More

A keen listener is a good diagnostician. Doctors once knew this.

4 Reasons Democracy Is In Trouble

Gross disparities in wealth undermine democracies around the world.

Yes to Free Press, No to Racism: Why I Am Not Charlie

I won't stand shoulder-to-shoulder with those who ridicule blacks as sub-human or Jews as monsters or sacred religious figures as crude or vicious.

Sensitivity Can Have Its Drawbacks

Rather than serving as the framework for virtue, sensitivity may produce the opposite of the virtue of compassion, namely the vice of indifference.

Helping the Environment—Buying a Prius May Not Be One Way

Real change requires changing habits, not just products.

Self-loathing in the Face of Facts

Torture isn’t moral, so to admit that this was carried out in our name is to create cognitive dissonance.

Torture: Safety vs. Moral Values

The war against terrorism is as much a war of competing values as anything else

Police Violence, Black-on-Black Crime and Trust

Police have a serious problem relating to the African American community

The Cult of the Imperfect

If we seek perfection in that which we love, we wouldn’t love at all, for no one is perfect or can ever be.

No One Dies: They Just Pass

Saying that someone has died is nearly a taboo phrase.

Is Kaci Hickox, the Ebola Nurse, Being Irresponsible?

We have the right to move around, but it isn't always right to do so.

On Respect

Respect is the foundation of a good society.

Family or Doctor, Who Speaks for a Dying Patient?

Crassness and cowardice conspired to torture an elderly man for the last several months of his life.

When Your Baby's the Wrong Color

Being color-blind is one step ahead of being prejudiced but it isn’t sufficient.

The NFL's Problems: Not Just Violence

The NFL is driven by huge profits and the news stories about the league reveal the deeply troubling underside of American society.

Adrian Peterson Hit His Child: What's Wrong With That?

Children need discipline, but hitting a child isn’t discipline. Call it what it is: child abuse.

What's Wrong With the Ice Bucket Fundraiser

While donating to a good cause is its own reward, giving is a habit acquired over time.

Do Umpires Call Them As They Are or As They See Them?

The race, ethnicity, sex and religion of the judges color their decisions, whether they admit it or not.

13 Thoughts on Love and Hate

What does love mean without doing what love requires?

To Raise Moral Children, Teach Literary Fiction

Reading good stories is critical to ethical education

Are Women More Ethical Than Men?

Women seem more inclined to compassion, men to rules and justice. Both are need for ethics.

What Really Helps at Time of Death

Being able to admit both the good and troubled aspects of a relationship is vital to recovery

Parents, Children, and Morality

Happiness and morality couldn’t be closer than they are in parent-child relations.