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Quotations on Values Inspire Personal Growth

woman on beach thinking about quotations on values February 25th, 2019

Some people don’t get much joy or fulfillment from reading quotes. I don’t really understand those individuals. Quotations on values, virtues, and phenomena such as strength, love, creativity, honor, passion, humor and fulfillment seem so, well, valuable to me. I think life would be sorely lacking in flavor if we lived in a black and white world of monotonous labor, the quest for survival, and being caught up in the consumerist desire to keep up and own more. I have smiled many times in my day, and felt temporarily lifted and a part of things when I read something someone wrote that reminds me of thoughts and feelings I have within, that moves me, that enlightens me. Such is the wisdom of reading quotations on values.

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Truth: Detecting and Defending It

finding truth can be elusive February 1st, 2019

“We may not always know what is true, but we can develop some proficiency at detecting what is false” ~ Michael Parenti – a wonderful quote about truth. This is such an intriguing quote, I was amazed to find it virtually buried on page 37 of Professor Parenti’s 2007 book – a compilation of essays. It is, pound for pound, a great look at the value of truth. He also wrote: “Our readiness to accept something as true, or reject it as false, rests less on its argument and evidence and more on how it aligns with the preconceived notions embedded in the dominant culture, and assumptions we have internalized due to repeated exposure.” So, what is true? How can we know it? How to defend it? Read on.

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Morality is Your Personal Responsibility

morality in your life January 8th, 2019

Having one single, discreet, multi-purpose principle, rule, or maxim that you plug in to various moral dilemmas and questions of the good and of justice (personally, societally) is not the best way to reason. It might not be possible. Moral philosophy is a branch of philosophy that entitles one to claim: “This is what I think; this is what my community believes; this is what is right; this is what is good.” Moreover, it requires a rational, critical, explicit defense of the standards, values and ethics, and ends one has in mind. Not all acts, beliefs, and customs are equal. May the best-supported ones survive and the selfish, arbitrary, elitist, ill-conceived, and harmful ones meet the metaphorical guillotine.

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Virtues: Society’s Guiding Light

love is best among virtues September 10th, 2017

Since time immemorial, values, virtues, and societal norms (and mores, folkways, etc.) have been part and parcel of the fabric of every civilization. Not only is interesting to think of the ways in which different cultures differ from each other and how societies can spin out of control, it is exciting to think of the ways in which certain virtues hold up beautifully over time. For example, every society has more or less valued the virtue of truth: honesty, fair dealing, justified belief, etc. A society which prized chicanery, deceit, and unscrupulous behavior would not long last. Trust and law are the glue that hold a people together, and thus, the virtue of truth is written into the sacred texts, myths, laws, and norms of a society. Read on to see which virtues are tried and true, and ideally gain some inspiration for honoring them. 

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Religion in Today’s World

April 9th, 2017

If you read the newspaper, you undoubtedly come across story after story about radical Muslims killing themselves to destroy others, radical Christians in America talking about assassinating world leaders, much of the American social service sector being converted to “faith-based” providers, and a litany of issues related to religion such as abortion, gay marriage, and

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What is “A Life of Value”?

April 8th, 2017

What is the idea of “a life of value?” It has two parts: one is about fulfilling yourself and finding meaning by prioritizing, or “living” the values and ethics that you authentically possess. When your life is consistent with what you truly value, then your life just “feels right.” Beyond fulfilling yourself and valuing your

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Author Interview: Voices of a People’s History

April 5th, 2017

The late, great Howard Zinn interviewed! Professor Emeritus of History at Boston University, Howard Zinn, the author of over a dozen books on America’s past and present, the recipient of many prestigious awards for truth-telling and his wisdom, and legendary activist discussed issues of great importance to those who are pursuing an ethical, just, and

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How We Ought to Live, and Why

April 5th, 2017

Socrates, the father of philosophical inquiry and astute student of values and ethics, said: “We are discussing no small matter, but how we ought to live.” This “Socratic Dialogue” forms the basis of hours upon hours of inquiry and self-discovery, and such a spiritual robustness is perhaps what the society needs more than “moral values”

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Raising Good and Happy Children

April 5th, 2017

This is a conversation about capitalism, values and ethics, and quality of life. Jason is joined by a heavy-hitter, offering her wisdom, Judith Boss, PhD, a philosopher and author of 8 books. We will discuss how a person can live a moral life, what that really means, and what some of the pitfalls to doing

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Happiness

April 5th, 2017

Happiness is perhaps one of America’s foremost goals – probably more so than other countries. And yet we are oriented toward money to a large degree. So does money and busyness and forward progress bring about fulfillment, meaning, and flourishing? What other factors are there? And what is the degree to which it can be

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