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Journalism: Its About Truth and Integrity

journalism May 11th, 2018

It seems like every day we hear Donald Trump mock, deride, impugn, and belittle the news media as “fake” or sub-par. If I had to register my agreement or disagreement with that assessment, I would say I am 75% “calling bullshit” on him, and 25% in agreement. In this blog, I will share a few thoughts about the state, dignity, role, function, ethics, potential, and problems of modern newspapers, magazines, newszines, and television and cable news networks. Blogs I don’t know too much about so I will leave alone. In a word, I believe that journalism is marred by some tragic flaws, if you will, but has enough potential that we need to enliven, rehabilitate, and bolster it.

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Teaching Virtue & Character Education (V&E-20)

character education April 2nd, 2018

This blog is excerpted from chapter 20 of the book Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom and explored character, and a phenomenon called character education. We’ve all seen examples on television – and many of us on our very streets – of children and adolescents who are somehow “off-track,” selfish, crass, violent, careless. Obviously, this has a lot to do with the family, community, political and socioeconomic environment in which the child is embedded. Should schools be teaching children how to be good, responsible adults with integrity and ethics? Or does that step on religious institutions’ toes? What would it look like to teach something as hard to communicate as virtue? Jason interviews character education expert, former professor, and author, Bernice Lerner, Ed.D. to find answers to his questions.

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Conservative Truth-Teller, Bruce Bartlett

conservative truth-teller December 27th, 2017

Bruce Bartlett is a most interesting man. He is a self-described conservative, but he claims to be a more traditional, principled conservative than the modern crop of neocons, Tea Partiers, and, as I would characterize them, gross hypocrites. He was a leading advocate and theorist about supply-side economics, also called “trickle-down economics.” However, he has since come to realize that the reasonableness of tax-cutting for the top tax brackets to stimulate growth has been misapplied, abused, and inappropriately resurrected by the likes of Bush, Trump, and so on. I aim to share a bit more about Bruce Bartlett, who I am calling a conservative truth-teller, due to his willingness to call spades spades and admit how far afield the GOP has gone since the days of Reagan. I think Reagan made many missteps and was not a particularly wise leader, but at least Bruce and I could agree on much!

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A Life of Integrity and Meaning (V&E-1)

integrity and meaning September 25th, 2017

Let’s talk about the sphere of ethics: in the living room, the bedroom, the boardroom, the marketplace, media, politics, etc. I feel like you can’t be a bad person in some arena – say, work – and then come home and, all of a sudden, you’re an upstanding individual because you are nice with your family. The Nazis did this, after all. Drs. Kathleen Brooks and Gary E. Kessler, both authors, and a psychotherapist and a professor, respectively, were interviewed by me about the way to live a life of integrity and meaning – and why one should do so.

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Virtue Ethics: Doing the Right Thing

virtue ethics September 17th, 2017

Virtue ethics is one of the top four or five ethical theories. Ethical theories are ways of organizing information in regard to right and wrong. Typically in science, theories can be shown in just one or two experiments or studies to be “false.” However, when it comes to ethics, it’s a bit more nuanced. The other major theories go by names such as utilitarianism, deontology (duty-based ethics), and religious ethics. Other contenders for the Top 10 include ethical subjectivism, religious ethics, casuistry, and authority-based ethics. Virtue ethics is one of my favorites for sure, and I will share some thoughts and perspectives about it in this blog. In the end, hopefully, the readers gain some appreciation for it, see how it is different from competing ethical theories, and recognize how to “use it” in real life (making ethical decisions, facing moral dilemmas, etc).  

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How to Be Happier: Integrity and Integration

how to be happier August 15th, 2017

If you are wondering how to be happier, you’re in good company. It may be challenging to see a direct connection between happiness (e.g., feeling good) and integrity. However, if the “Great Spirit,” Indian lawyer turned revolutionary Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948) is correct, there is a strong correlation between having good character and being happy, fulfilled, at ease, and comfortable. When one integrates the parts of the self, one is considered “integrated” (in other words, there is integration). This is a primary route to happiness and success. Read on for more information about how to be happier.

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Living a Life of Integrity and Meaning

April 8th, 2017

Author, psychotherapist, and talk show host Kathleen Brooks, PhD will be in studio to dialogue and offer her wisdom with Jason and share herself with the listener. She will be joined by Gary Kessler, PhD, a former professor of philosophy and religious studies as well as author of Voices of Wisdom: A Multicultural Philosophy Reader.

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Improving the Character and Ethics of Children, Part 2

April 7th, 2017

This is the second show dedicated to the wisdom behind “character education,” how it applies to our values and ethics, essentially the opportunity of schools, parents, and the culture at large to inculcate in children good character, moral substance, and good intentions. If we can avoid a smothering, sectarian approach as we attempt to raise

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Improving the Character and Ethics of Children, Part 1

April 7th, 2017

We’ve all seen examples on television, on the street corner, and in our neighborhoods of kids who are somehow off-track, lacking in the values and ethics department. Obviously that has a lot to do with family, religion, our political situation, and the wisdom of our culture at-large. But could our schools actually be doing a

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Humane Education

April 5th, 2017

If you could change one negative trend about the modern world, what would it be? To remove religious sectarian violence and hatred? To relieve the world’s addiction to fossil fuels? To take money out of politics in America? To instill more values and ethics in our culture? One thing you would want to consider that

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