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Can There Be Morals Without Religion?

posted by hfields

For myself, I see ethics as easily separable from religion. Steve argues, if I’m understanding him aright, that we are accountable ultimately to God, and that that is the only true source of our morality and moral obligations. Without a supreme being, our actions are meaningless: ‘without moral weight’. If we are accidental, we have no need to concern ourselves with ethics.
I would argue, on the contrary, that our accountability to our fellow humans quite suffices to encourage our desire to behave in ways that ensure society functions properly. But more than that, I believe it’s in our nature as humans to want to do good (as well as bad).

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Rat Stuck In NYC Sidewalk Creates Quite A Moral Kerfuffle

posted by hfields

I was reading Gothamist this morning and saw what was, simultaneously, the saddest and most hilarious little ‘human’ interest piece posted last night: a rat got stuck in a crack in a New York City sidewalk and a reader snapped a photo.

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My People, the People of Wal-Mart

posted by Padmini Mangunta

A few weeks ago, Hillary wrote about the website, peopleofwalmart. At the time I refrained from commenting because, well, I felt bad. I grew up in small towns around Missouri where Wal-Mart was the primary source of…everything. And while the people […]

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Here’s To “Justice!” Harvard Moral Philosophy Class To Appear On PBS!

posted by hfields

Fascinating news! I just read that PBS will air a series based on an edited version of a wildly popular Harvard philosophy class on ethics and morality. The class, called “Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?” is the brainchild […]

Annie Le’s Murder: A Case Of Workplace Violence?

posted by hfields

As lab tech Raymond Clark III appeared in a New Haven court today to be charged with the murder of 24-year-old Annie Le, killed by “traumatic asphyxiation” just days before she was to be married and found stuffed in a wall of […]

Whose Life Would You Save?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I think I need to take a mental break from the race question, truly frightening schoolyard violence, health care reform, civility and the handful of other topics America is getting itself enraged over this week. So, let’s play a game.  […]

Kanye West, Serena Williams, Joe “You lie” Wilson: A Trifecta of Public Figure Tantrums

posted by hfields

Paddy and I thought we’d toss in our two cents on the whole civility debate. After all, we’d hardly be an “Everyday Ethics” blog if we didn’t have an opinion on everyday cultural behavior trends. So here goes. Hillary: The […]

Moral Monday: “Joshua’s Heart” Is In The Right Place!

posted by hfields

As Moral Monday rolls around again, I just had to share this story, which comes by way of the Miami Herald. An 8-year-old boy named Joshua Williams has, along with his family, created a foundation to feed the homeless and […]

How NOT To Behave At A Funeral: Ryan O’Neal Hits On Daughter Tatum At Farrah Fawcett’s Grave

posted by hfields

Sometimes a headline says it all. Or at least enough of it to make you mildly ill. Apparently, Ryan O’Neal freely admits to having accidentally propositioned his own offspring, estranged daughter Tatum O’Neal, during Farrah Fawcett’s funeral. Yuck. So much […]

What-If Wednesday: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go To Do A Good Deed?

posted by hfields

We’re rolling out another new feature here at Everyday Ethics… “What-If Wednesdays.” You know the game; you’ve probably played it with your friends a time or two, asking questions like, “What if you had to choose — Brad Pitt or George […]

New Feature! Moral Monday: A Tip of My Ethical Hat to Folks Fighting the Good Fight

posted by hfields

I get tired of always ragging on people for ethical faux pas. Sometimes I want to focus on what folks are doing right. So today I’m inaugurating a new feature: “Moral Monday.” From now on, on Mondays (whenever possible) we’re […]

Being Mean To Telemarketers: Unethical Or Understandable?

posted by hfields

I was just on my way out the door, rushed for time as usual, when the phone rang. Caller ID said, “000-000-0000.” I had a pretty good idea who it’d be (in a general sense) but I was expecting a […]

No Funding for Zoo? OK, Let’s Euthanize Some Zebras!

posted by Padmini Mangunta

A Boston orphanage may shut down due to lack of funding, and officials estimate 20% of the children will not be placed in new homes and could be euthanized. Shocking? Yep. True? Well, no. However, substitute “orphanage” for “zoo” and […]

Gal Throws “Abortion Party” to Pay For Abortion, Guy Blogs About It

posted by hfields

People keep sending me the oddest ethical issues. Like this one, which came by way of a pal living in Prague. She stumbled across a blog post written by a guy who had been invited to–get this–an abortion party. After […]

My Gut is Treating Michael Jackson Unethically

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I scared myself a bit today – while I’ve always prided myself for being independent enough to see past the ol’ Republican/Democrat divide, I’ve never actually experienced a time in which my gut (as opposed to my head) agreed with […]

Racism in the Workplace: What Do You Do When a Coworker Makes Off-Color Remarks?

posted by hfields

Recently, I put out a call amongst my acquaintance for their everyday ethical dilemmas. A friend brought me a great one–What do you do when someone at work is a racist? The gist of her email (which she asked me […]

Morality: Does It Come From the Heart or the Head?

posted by hfields

I came across an interesting argument today by way of a friend, who sent me a link to an article in Fast Company magazine. I thought I’d share it because it asks an important question: are we ethical for logical […]

How Sacred Is the U.S. Mail… When It’s Your Husband’s?

posted by hfields

Here’s my quandary.  It’s been a long day.  I’m tired and grumpy.  My husband, who usually brings the mail upstairs, is home sick so I’m the one swinging by our building’s mailboxes on the way back from work.  This in […]

When Does Bad Etiquette Become Immorality? On the Subway, of Course.

posted by hfields

I’m pleased to announce that Part II of our Underground Ethics “Subway Series” comes to you from our very first guest blogger: Beliefnet’s own Entertainment Editor, Dena Ross. I asked Dena to write a post for us because, well, Dena has […]

JD Salinger CATCHER IN THE RYE Sequel–Whether He Likes It Or Not?

posted by hfields

Word is spreading that reclusive author JD Salinger, author of the seminal book “The Catcher in the Rye,” filed suit in U.S. Federal Court in Manhattan yesterday over an anonymous author’s unauthorized so-called ‘sequel.’ The writer, going by the name […]

Underground Ethics: A Subway Series. Part I: How the Emergency Gate Shames Me

posted by hfields

Welcome to Part I of our exciting new series, Underground Ethics. As the name implies, we’ll be talking about things that take place far below the day-lit realm, things dark and ugly, seamy and salacious, perhaps unholy. Yes, that’s right. […]

Keeping the Tags On That Dress–Just In Case

posted by hfields

My brother’s wedding is right around the corner, and what do you know, I’m a bridesmaid. Luckily, my fantastic sister-in-law-to-be chose a great dress for her bridesmaids (thank you!), which is very wearable and wasn’t too expensive either. Just another […]

Oprah Apologizes to Memoirist Frey. Too Little, Too Late?

posted by hfields

I can’t believe Oprah Winfrey has apologized to author James Frey after the way she skewered him on her 2006 show for fictionalizing parts of his bestselling memoir. But that’s what Vanity Fair is reporting has happened, at least according […]

The Acupuncture Appointment From Hell–And How I Weaseled Out of Another.

posted by hfields

Today I took the coward’s way out.  Two days ago, I had an appointment with an acupuncturist–someone I hadn’t been to before. I’d been suffering from migraines, and was told the treatment might be a good holistic alternative to some […]

Manners or Me First? A Tale of Ethics and the Native New Yorker

posted by hfields

By way of introduction, I’d like to share a little about myself. (I’d promise not to do it again, but I undoubtedly will.) I was raised by a family who assumed I’d always instinctively understand the difference between right and […]

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