Category Archives: Ethics

Created Equal | Reflections & Notes

Joshua A. Berman. Created Equal: How the Bible Broke with Ancient Political Thought. Oxford, 2008. (249 pages) REFECTIONS ln academic circles it is a value to be very cautious and careful regarding modern ethical sensibilities overlaid to ancient texts and attitudes.

Created Equal | Reflections & Notes

Joshua A. Berman. Created Equal: How the Bible Broke with Ancient Political Thought. Oxford, 2008. (249 pages) REFECTIONS ln academic circles it is a value to be very cautious and careful regarding modern ethical sensibilities overlaid to ancient texts and attitudes.

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Keynote Address at ADL’s 2019 Never Is Now Summit on Anti-Semitism and Hate | Transcript, Highlights, and Reflections

  TRANSCRIPT & HIGHLIGHTS Thank you, Jonathan, for your very kind words. Thank you, ADL, for this recognition and your work in fighting racism, hate and bigotry. And to be clear, when I say “racism, hate and bigotry” I’m not

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Keynote Address at ADL’s 2019 Never Is Now Summit on Anti-Semitism and Hate | Transcript, Highlights, and Reflections

  TRANSCRIPT & HIGHLIGHTS Thank you, Jonathan, for your very kind words. Thank you, ADL, for this recognition and your work in fighting racism, hate and bigotry. And to be clear, when I say “racism, hate and bigotry” I’m not

IntersectionAllies | Review & Notes

Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, and Carolyn Choi. IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All. Dottir Press, 2019. To each other–we’re better together. REVIEW It is common to view the task of communicating “adult” ideas to children to be a daunting and complicated

IntersectionAllies | Review & Notes

Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, and Carolyn Choi. IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All. Dottir Press, 2019. To each other–we’re better together. REVIEW It is common to view the task of communicating “adult” ideas to children to be a daunting and complicated

Biased | Reflections & Notes

Jennifer Eberhardt, Ph.D. Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do. Viking, 2019. (340 pages) A journey is called that because you cannot know what you will…do with what you find, or what you find will

Biased | Reflections & Notes

Jennifer Eberhardt, Ph.D. Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do. Viking, 2019. (340 pages) A journey is called that because you cannot know what you will…do with what you find, or what you find will

The Very Good Gospel | Review & Notes

Lisa Sharon Harper. The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right. Waterbrook, 2016. (224 pages) REVIEW I really, really, wanted to like this book. I can only say that I appreciate this book and its overall goal, message, and ethic.

The Very Good Gospel | Review & Notes

Lisa Sharon Harper. The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right. Waterbrook, 2016. (224 pages) REVIEW I really, really, wanted to like this book. I can only say that I appreciate this book and its overall goal, message, and ethic.

A Confession, Lament, and Hope in Showing Up | Reflections From My Public Protest

#CaravanToClint On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, in response to the news of the migrant crisis at the US border, a friend and I got on a plane and headed to Clint, TX to join the #CaravanToClint protest group organized by Julie

A Confession, Lament, and Hope in Showing Up | Reflections From My Public Protest

#CaravanToClint On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, in response to the news of the migrant crisis at the US border, a friend and I got on a plane and headed to Clint, TX to join the #CaravanToClint protest group organized by Julie

Doughnut Economics | Review & Notes

Kate Raworth. Doughnut Economics: 7 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist. Chelsea Green Publishing, 2017. (309 pages) The most powerful tool in economics is not money, nor even algebra. It is a pencil. Because with a pencil you can

Doughnut Economics | Review & Notes

Kate Raworth. Doughnut Economics: 7 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist. Chelsea Green Publishing, 2017. (309 pages) The most powerful tool in economics is not money, nor even algebra. It is a pencil. Because with a pencil you can

Justice | Reflections & Notes

Michael Sandel. Justice: What Is The Right Thing To Do? Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009. (308 pages); http://justiceharvard.org; REFLECTIONS While many of my religious compatriots would balk at this, I have been considering the argument for “objective morality” to be fallacious for

Justice | Reflections & Notes

Michael Sandel. Justice: What Is The Right Thing To Do? Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009. (308 pages); http://justiceharvard.org; REFLECTIONS While many of my religious compatriots would balk at this, I have been considering the argument for “objective morality” to be fallacious for

Dear America | Reflections & Notes

Jose Antonio Vargas. Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen. HarperCollins, 2018. [Advance Reader’s Edition] (231 pages) REFLECTIONS The fraying of political discourse by its abstract and categorizing rhetoric is a dehumanizing cycle that needs to be seriously reconstructed. Books

Dear America | Reflections & Notes

Jose Antonio Vargas. Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen. HarperCollins, 2018. [Advance Reader’s Edition] (231 pages) REFLECTIONS The fraying of political discourse by its abstract and categorizing rhetoric is a dehumanizing cycle that needs to be seriously reconstructed. Books

Three Identical Strangers | Reflections

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7664504/ “I believe nature and nurture both matter. But I think nurture can overcome nearly everything.” REFLECTIONS The quote above sums up quite well the principle conclusions of this fascinating documentary, and the perspective shift that the film is encouraging

Three Identical Strangers | Reflections

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7664504/ “I believe nature and nurture both matter. But I think nurture can overcome nearly everything.” REFLECTIONS The quote above sums up quite well the principle conclusions of this fascinating documentary, and the perspective shift that the film is encouraging

TED | Kai-Fu Lee: How AI Can Save Our Humanity (Transcript & Reflections)

I’m going to talk about how AI and mankind can coexist, but first, we have to rethink about our human values. So let me first make a confession about my errors in my values. It was 11 o’clock, December 16,

TED | Kai-Fu Lee: How AI Can Save Our Humanity (Transcript & Reflections)

I’m going to talk about how AI and mankind can coexist, but first, we have to rethink about our human values. So let me first make a confession about my errors in my values. It was 11 o’clock, December 16,

I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye | Reflections

https://www.isurvivedikdg.com What if you gave millions of people the wrong advice? Reflections I can’t even imagine the emotional journey it must be to begin rethinking and apologizing for the work that so characterized the majority of one’s professional reputation. In

I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye | Reflections

https://www.isurvivedikdg.com What if you gave millions of people the wrong advice? Reflections I can’t even imagine the emotional journey it must be to begin rethinking and apologizing for the work that so characterized the majority of one’s professional reputation. In

TED | Robin Steinberg: What if we ended the injustice of bail?

“I hate injustice and simply can’t sit still when I see it.” TRANSCRIPT I will never forget the first time I visited a client in jail. The heavy, metal door slammed behind me, and I heard the key turn in

TED | Robin Steinberg: What if we ended the injustice of bail?

“I hate injustice and simply can’t sit still when I see it.” TRANSCRIPT I will never forget the first time I visited a client in jail. The heavy, metal door slammed behind me, and I heard the key turn in

The Facebook Dilemma | Reflections

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/facebook-dilemma/ REFLECTIONS This is an agonizing series of lessons on unintended consequences, optimistic naïveté, and how a mission and core values are ultimately subsumed under the gravity of the economics of your business model. A few thoughts. First, it is

The Facebook Dilemma | Reflections

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/facebook-dilemma/ REFLECTIONS This is an agonizing series of lessons on unintended consequences, optimistic naïveté, and how a mission and core values are ultimately subsumed under the gravity of the economics of your business model. A few thoughts. First, it is

21 Lessons for the 21st Century | Reflections & Critical Notes

Yuval Noah Harari. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. Spiegel & Grau, 2018. (372 pages) REFLECTIONS If a book sits on a shelf and no one reads it, does it make a sound? p. 326 If you want provocation, look no

21 Lessons for the 21st Century | Reflections & Critical Notes

Yuval Noah Harari. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. Spiegel & Grau, 2018. (372 pages) REFLECTIONS If a book sits on a shelf and no one reads it, does it make a sound? p. 326 If you want provocation, look no

Reversing Roe | Reflections

Netflix. Reversing Roe. [NR, 2018] 99 minutes. Movie Info (from Rotten Tomatoes) Forty-five years after it revolutionized abortion law in America, the landmark 1973 US Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade is once again at a crossroads. In their timely new

Reversing Roe | Reflections

Netflix. Reversing Roe. [NR, 2018] 99 minutes. Movie Info (from Rotten Tomatoes) Forty-five years after it revolutionized abortion law in America, the landmark 1973 US Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade is once again at a crossroads. In their timely new

Disunity in Christ | Reflections & Notes

Christena Cleveland. Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces That Keep Us Apart. IVP Books, 2013. (220 pages) Reflections Reading this book was an exercise in feeling a continuous sense of despairing hope. First, this book was published in 2013, which means

Disunity in Christ | Reflections & Notes

Christena Cleveland. Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces That Keep Us Apart. IVP Books, 2013. (220 pages) Reflections Reading this book was an exercise in feeling a continuous sense of despairing hope. First, this book was published in 2013, which means

What Is A Better Argument? | Reflections & Notes

Reflections I am deeply concerned for this moment in our nation’s history for numerous reasons, including–but not limited to–losing our moral center, damaging any credibility and trust we have established in the world, prioritizing short-term power at the cost of

What Is A Better Argument? | Reflections & Notes

Reflections I am deeply concerned for this moment in our nation’s history for numerous reasons, including–but not limited to–losing our moral center, damaging any credibility and trust we have established in the world, prioritizing short-term power at the cost of

League of Denial | Transcript

League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis ANNOUNCER: Tonight on FRONTLINE, the epic story of football’s concussion crisis. HARRY CARSON, Author, Captain For Life: These players come down with dementia. ANNOUNCER: A major FRONTLINE investigation of what the NFL knew and when it

League of Denial | Transcript

League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis ANNOUNCER: Tonight on FRONTLINE, the epic story of football’s concussion crisis. HARRY CARSON, Author, Captain For Life: These players come down with dementia. ANNOUNCER: A major FRONTLINE investigation of what the NFL knew and when it

Not In God’s Name | Notes & Reflections

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. Not In God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence. Schocken Books, 2015. (305 pages) I: Bad Faith 1. Altruistic Evil Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. – Blaise Pascal Religion

Not In God’s Name | Notes & Reflections

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. Not In God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence. Schocken Books, 2015. (305 pages) I: Bad Faith 1. Altruistic Evil Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. – Blaise Pascal Religion

Okay. Let’s Talk About It.

“Seek first to understand.” – Socrates “Shema (שמע)” – Deuteronomy 6:5 Okay, friends. Let’s talk about it. A Pastor, The Pulpits, and Politics: A Lament Over this political season, a tremendous–and painful–quandary has arisen. As clergy, I am bound by

Okay. Let’s Talk About It.

“Seek first to understand.” – Socrates “Shema (שמע)” – Deuteronomy 6:5 Okay, friends. Let’s talk about it. A Pastor, The Pulpits, and Politics: A Lament Over this political season, a tremendous–and painful–quandary has arisen. As clergy, I am bound by

Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room | Notes & Quotes

Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room, 2005 [R] And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? – Matthew 16:26 (NLT) In light of the

Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room | Notes & Quotes

Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room, 2005 [R] And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? – Matthew 16:26 (NLT) In light of the

Being Mortal | Notes & Review

Atul Gawande. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Metropolitan Books, 2014. (282 pages) PBS Special. UPDATE: California just passed AB-15 End of Life, (See NYTimes.com article). Introduction It is enough to make you wonder, who are the

Being Mortal | Notes & Review

Atul Gawande. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Metropolitan Books, 2014. (282 pages) PBS Special. UPDATE: California just passed AB-15 End of Life, (See NYTimes.com article). Introduction It is enough to make you wonder, who are the