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Complexity is largely ignored in today's moral judgments: The Meaning Of Good And Evil In Perilous TimesMeaning Of Good And Evil In Perilous Times

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Author James Baldwin, in 1979. His searches for moral clarity included examining intellectual difficulties and ethical complications. Photo by Max Petrus, Courtesy of Dial Press

  • Part 1: Complexity is largely ignored in today's moral judgments.
  • We are quick to condemn, with scant effort to understand.
  • Part 2: The Meaning Of Good And Evil In Perilous Times
  • You can’t stamp out conscience.

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Part 1: Complexity is largely ignored in today's moral judgments.

 

We are quick to condemn, with scant effort to understand. That's a departure from a long history, and a real loss for society. 

Lee Siegel, Minneapolis (MN) StarTribune

July 28, 2018 | In his 1963 book, "The Fire Next Time," James Baldwin describes meeting Elijah Muhammad, the controversial leader of the Nation of Islam. Baldwin felt alienated by Muhammad's black separatism and by his universal hatred of white people; at the same time, he admired Muhammad's acute understanding of the countless ways in which institutionalized white power continued to injure and suppress African-Americans.

"I felt very close to him," Baldwin writes about Muhammad, "and really wished to be able to love and honor him as a witness, an ally and a father." Yet, reflecting on the moment when the two men said goodbye, Baldwin writes, "we would always be strangers, and possibly, one day, enemies."

Lee Siegel is the author, most recently, of "The Draw: A Memoir." He wrote this article for the New York (NY) Times.

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Part 2: The Meaning Of Good And Evil In Perilous Times

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You can’t stamp out conscience.

Brandon Smith, Alt-Market.com

July 7, 2018 | Perhaps the most destructive idea ever planted in the minds of the general public is the notion that nothing in this world is permanent — that all things can and must be constantly changed to suit our whims. The concept of impermanence fuels what I call “blank slate propaganda.” The usefulness of the blank slate as a weapon for social control should be explained before we examine the nature of good and evil, because these days it infects everything.

The push for never ending social “evolution” has been called many things over the decades. In the early 1900s in Europe it was called “futurism;” an art and philosophical movement that helped spawn the rise of communism and fascism in politics. The argument that all old ideas and longstanding traditions should be abandoned to make way for new ideas, new technologies, news systems etc., assumes that the supposedly new ways of doing things are superior to the old ways of doing things. Things are rarely this simple, and in most cases the new methods so proudly championed by movements for social change are usually recycled and repackaged old ideas that are notorious for failure.

Brandon Smith, Founder, Alt-Market.com

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Paul McCartney brought James Corden to tears with the story behind 'Let It Be.'

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Watch the full video below, free your tears, feel the full spectrum of your emotions, and then get to work making the‌‌ world the awesome place we all know it can be.

Mark Shrayber, Upworthy

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June 22, 2018 | Imagine you're sitting in a pub and Sir Paul McCartney walks in.

That's exactly what happened when he guested on an episode of "Carpool Karaoke." The legendary performer rolled through his hometown of Liverpool with host James Corden, sharing memories of the city, surprising fans in his favorite pub, and bringing all of us a badly needed emotional release with his music.

Mark Shrayber: I’m a San Francisco-based writer with a love of all thing things pop culture and a background in mental health. My favorite stories to write are ones that center on relationships, identity, and how we can make the world a better place.



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Series | Make America Kind Again.

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Maybe America needs to become kind for the very first time.

Sarah Thebarge, Patheos

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There are more displaced people today than there have ever been in the history of the world.

It’s World Refugee Day.

People are fleeing unspeakable violence, starvation, genocide, rape,

Sarah Thebarge is a speaker, blogger,journalist and author on a journey of bringing emotional, spiritual and physical healing to our broken, beautiful world.

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The end of the affair? 'Humanae Vitae' at 50

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Document further fueled the post-World War II culture wars over the meaning of sexuality.

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Pope%20Paul%20VI.jpgMay 21, 2018 | On July 29, 1968, Pope Paul VI published his encyclical on the regulation of birth, introducing what we call here the Humanae Vitae affair. Now approaching its golden jubilee, the encyclical was published at a time of twofold crisis, one theological, the other cultural. Paul's theological teaching, "each and every marital act must of necessity retain its intrinsic relationship to the procreation of human life" (11), had never been taught before in the Catholic tradition and further fueled the post-Vatican II theological wars in the church. Humanae Vitae ("Of Human Life") itself further fueled the post-World War II culture wars over the meaning of sexuality. The scars from both these wars are still evident. They have inserted themselves into the papacy of Pope Francis, oblivious to the fact that he has moved away from the Catholic obsession with sex and birth control toward the beauty of a virtuous, just and loving marriage. His focus is on the complexity of human experience and relationships, which Humanae Vitae failed to adequately consider.

Todd A. Salzman is the Amelia and Emil Graff Professor of Catholic Theology at Creighton University. Michael G. Lawler is the emeritus Amelia and Emil Graff Professor of Catholic Theology at Creighton University. They are the co-authors of The Sexual Person (Georgetown University Press).

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