Category: Morality

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#WeAreOne. Really?

You’ve seen the trending hashtags: #NotMeUs; #StrongerTogether; #WeAreOne. They’re all useful shorthand for complex ideas. On a “normal” day of “normal” news, the concept of Unity strikes most of us as reasonable, a thoroughly un-controversial acclamation of cooperation and fellowship. Great. Sure. What happens, though, when someone drives a truck into dozens of families? What...

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Noam Chomsky: Requiem for an American Dream

If you have friends who don’t quite understand why wealth inequality and political corruption is bad for America (and the rest of the planet), “Noam Chomsky: Requiem for the American Dream,” is the film to recommend. The beloved intellectual and lifelong critic of war-making and corporatism, Chomsky, in his late-80s, remains as incisive  and refreshingly...

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Shiva Singh-Schlimovitz Knows Best

Go to her official site. Right there on the Home Page: “I may not know how to pick husbands, but I know what’s best for our country! I think she’s being funny? #irony Facts: The marriages. She’s had three of them, so far. None of these husbands has lasted longer than two years. Kept first-husband’s...

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Eating Animals

Seven years after original publication, “Eating Animals,” by the novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, remains unmatched in providing a provocative, comprehensive and deeply affecting portrait of the carnivore’s dilemma. Employing writing techniques gleaned from memoir, investigative journalism, philosophy, science and editorial essay, Foer systematically and compellingly builds his argument — that there is no moral rationale...

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Let Us All Be Well

Disease works insidiously, hiding out in hard-to-see places. A badly compromised body often looks normal on the outside, especially if the illness is concentrated in one area. Some systems and organs continue to function perfectly while another organ or system fails. We don’t know disease is lurking in our genes or bowels or lungs until...

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Report from the Street (Complete)

The Homeless Metaphor If we’re speaking practically, solving problems then yes, go ahead, you can identify and analyze all the reasons why 40,000 human beings are living on the streets of Los Angeles Mental illness Domestic violence Bad choices over and over Me? Mental illness, for sure I had the crazy idea I was going...

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Report from the Street: The Next Witch Trials

When the witch trials return to this fair land as they do periodically and without warning you’re going to pick me to be the catalytic converter the sparker of the fuse. When you need someone to be the first accuser you’re going to want me then. My name is Sarah. Just like the beggar witch...

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Report from the Street: Take Care of Each Other

The sign I carry says “Take Care of Each Other” because that seemed to be the distilled essence of my essential message, the guiding mantra the reason why I was put here so far as I can figure. People find it funny in a darkly satirical ironic melancholy way that someone who looks like she...

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Killing With Guns, or Any Other Necessary and Permissible Means

Since we’ve collectively agreed that guns are a necessary part of American life, we’re beginning to collectively accept that a certain number of us, the unfortunate ones, child scholars, must die. It’s the price we pay for the privilege of owning firearms and the bullets they propel. Whether or not you think semi-regular campus/church/Cineplex/school-shootings are...