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How to live ethically
Arthur Dobrin D.S.W.
What values are you ready to live by?
You know what to do if you want an athlete, musician or scholar. How to raise a moral child shouldn't be left to chance, either.
There is a strong connection between happiness and being a good person.
Hope can be found even when it all seems hopeless.
Psychology and philosophy are both necessary to explore the problem of drinking too much.
More and better things probably don't make you happier.
How the media perpetuates mass shootings.
There is no right way or time-table to grieve. Everyone does it in their own way.
New hope found in students' responses to an ethical dilemma.
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.
Arthur Dobrin, D.S.W., teaches applied ethics at Hofstra University. He is the author, coauthor, and editor of more than 20 books.
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