Posts Tagged ‘ morality ’

Are We Letting Evil Triumph with ISIS?

November 17, 2014
Are We Letting Evil Triumph with ISIS?

Edmund Burke was an Irish political philosopher, Whig politician and statesman who is often regarded as the father of modern conservatism. His most famous quote: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” How involved should the U.S. be? Hitler invaded Poland, Austria, and Czechoslovakia in 1939, and […]

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Posted in Christian, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Politics, Violence | 18 Comments »

Damn Atheists! (Weekend Poll)

January 11, 2014
Damn Atheists!  (Weekend Poll)

Atheists are among the most hated people in the US.  Is it founded or just prejudice? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 23 Comments »

If your morality is fragile, do handle with care…

March 7, 2013
If your morality is fragile, do handle with care…

Maybe the idea that people will lose their morality when they lose their religions says more about the religion?

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Pieces on Earth

December 22, 2012
Pieces on Earth

The response to trauma is instinctual, even if our instinctual responses are wired individually. God evolved our species’ instincts to do something fast –flee, fight, or freeze — because the lethal nature of most of the dangers that killed humans throughout history is immediately perceptible and requires immediate response. Instincts don’t do as well when […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Doctrine, Freedom, Morality, Violence | 7 Comments »

Supporting Leaders of our Country Despite not Agreeing with them Politically

November 18, 2012
Supporting Leaders of our Country Despite not Agreeing with them Politically

For me, as a conservative Mormon guy living in Washington state, the 2012 elections were rough in a number of ways, starting from the top down: Romney lost the election.  I had spent a year volunteering for his campaign and truly thought he had a good chance of winning.  He nearly pulled it off, but […]

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The One Percent that Ought to Concern Us

July 7, 2012
The One Percent that Ought to Concern Us

“There is but one Lord of the Ring, and he does not share power!” — Gandalf to Saruman. Hawkgrrrl recently summarized Jonathan Haidt’s thesis, expressed in The Righteous Mind, of how people develop pronounced liberal or conservative tendencies as a combination of both genetics and experience (see here). I also wrote about Haidt’s ideas about how […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Europe, Freedom, Morality, Politics, understanding | 62 Comments »

Why You Are a [insert political affiliation]

July 3, 2012
Why You Are a [insert political affiliation]

How do people form their political views?  Many people assume it’s based on how you are raised (e.g. Democrats raise Democrats), your life experiences (e.g. a factory closed in your home town), or which party serves your interests (e.g. rich people are Republicans).   Would you be surprised to find that there is a genetic […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Politics | 23 Comments »

East vs. West: What Is Right Action?

May 8, 2012
East vs. West:  What Is Right Action?

As an American living in Asia, I often encounter cultural disconnects.  A peer or friend will make a comment that is so obviously based on assumptions or values I don’t share that I realize that my own values and assumptions must sound equally foreign to them. A few months ago, one of my co-workers in […]

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Posted in Agency, economics, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Science and Religion, understanding | 34 Comments »

Is Karma Fair?

March 31, 2012
Is Karma Fair?

“Liberals have difficulty understanding the Tea Party because they think it is a bunch of selfish racists. But I think the Tea Party is driven in large part by concerns about fairness. It’s not fairness as equality of outcome. It’s fairness as karma — the idea that good deeds lead to good outcomes, and bad […]

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Posted in Agency, America, economics, Freedom, Morality, Mormon Belief, Politics | 44 Comments »

The Laws of Hell

January 21, 2012
The Laws of Hell

The laws that govern normal behavior on earth (e.g., “Thou shalt not kill”) do not apply in heaven, because there they are unnecessary. The laws that govern normal behavior on earth also do not apply in hell, because there no one can hope to keep them. I am not the first to notice that “war […]

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Posted in America, History, Morality, Politics, Violence | 28 Comments »

Investment in the Status Quo vs. Morality

January 3, 2012
Investment in the Status Quo vs. Morality

Is morality subjective or objective?  Is there a universal morality?  Are all “current” moralities subject to later correction?  Morality is often confused with the “norm” or unquestioned cultural assumptions or personal beliefs and preferences.  This is apparent to us when someone else’s view of “morality” clashes with our own or when we view opinions from past […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride | 19 Comments »

By the Numbers: Sorting Out Equality when the Debt Expands

August 6, 2011
By the Numbers: Sorting Out Equality when the Debt Expands

As an insulin-dependent diabetic for more than 47 years, I’ve had to become far more familiar with numbers measuring my medical condition than I’d ever wanted. By my teenage years, I knew what glucose readings meant in regard to how soon and what I had to eat, or how much insulin I needed to inject, […]

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Posted in America, Mission, Politics | 115 Comments »

Legalize it! Part 2: Prostitution

February 9, 2011
Legalize it!  Part 2: Prostitution

Today is another joint post by jmb275 and Hawkgrrrl.  Some of the comments in the post about decriminalizing pot also referenced the possible implications of decriminalizing prostitution, an even more divisive issue.  The underlying arguments seem similar:  these are “illegal” activities that inevitably crop up in society, it could be argued that consensual sex (involving an exchange […]

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