Morality vs. moralism: Morality and moralism are two different things, but we often confuse the two. And I understand this tendency because at one time I didn’t understand the difference between morality and moralism either. And sometimes even now, I think I understand the difference, and then I realize I don’t understand it as well… Continue reading Morality vs. Moralism
The ethics of compassion is one type of ethical code, and it’s important to act according to an ethical code. In the absence of a such a code, we tend to act according to instinct, passion, impulse, tradition, egocentric interest, or peer pressure. Most of these influences are not evil in themselves. However, if they… Continue reading The Ethics of Compassion
This is the second post in a series about why we doubt we are capable. I wrote the first post in this series a few weeks ago, which you can read here: Why We Doubt We are Capable, Part 1 In that post, I discussed how the problem of exceptionalism can cause us to doubt… Continue reading Why We Doubt We are Capable, Part 2
I want to tell you a little bit about Toad&Co, an ethical women’s clothing company I love. But first, let me tell you a little bit about how I have changed the way I buy clothes over the last decade. First, I love clothes and fashion. However, in the last decade or so, I have… Continue reading Clothing with a Conscience: Ethical Clothes Shopping
One of the hallmarks of the U.S., ideally, is that we tolerate diversity of ideas. Because of this, we have a long-standing tradition of tolerating a variety of religions, ideas, beliefs, and lifestyles in our public life. We understand that not everyone agrees with what everyone else believes or thinks. And we believe, nonetheless, that… Continue reading Should We Tolerate Everything?
This post explores whether the common saying "Follow Your Heart" is good advice. Here are some common sayings you might have heard: Follow your heart. If it feels good, do it. Your heart will tell you what to do. Is This Advice Good? Now, if you are like most people in the world, you can… Continue reading Is “Follow Your Heart” Good Advice?
This post about how to pursue a good life by maximizing happiness, and it's based on the philosophy of John Stuart Mill. It the fourth post in a series on developing your own moral and ethical code. Here are the first three posts in the series: Develop Your Own Ethical and Moral System How to… Continue reading How to Pursue a Good Life by Maximizing Happiness
One way to become a more ethical person is to cultivate a good will. (Note: This post is part of a series about developing your own moral and ethical code. You can find links to the other posts in this series at the end of this post. Each of these posts gives you important information… Continue reading How to Cultivate a Good Will to Live a Good Life
This post is about how to flourish by cultivating virtues. It is the second post in a series on developing your own ethical system in order to live with greater confidence, purpose, and integrity. You can read the first post in the series here. You might not realize this, but one of the best reasons… Continue reading How to Flourish by Cultivating Virtues
This post shows you how to develop your own moral and ethical code and explains why you might want to. Most of us know that we are supposed to be moral, but we might not be sure exactly how to be moral. We might even wonder if being moral benefits us. When we don’t have… Continue reading Develop Your Own Moral and Ethical Code