Category Archives: Becoming Good

Interesting Read: Science Explores Giving

USA Today has a good overview of new research into the origins of generosity. The answer may be in our parenting, our mother-child bonds or our hormones.

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Quote-a-thon: The King of Thailand

The King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej: “A good person can make another person good; it means that goodness will elicit goodness in the society; other persons will also be good.” Via Brainyquote.com.

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The Hard Work of Compassion ctd.

If we seek to understand each other, isn’t that the work of goodness? Is it good to make compassion something more than a favor granted to those we deem worthy? But how do we understand those who harm us? How … Continue reading

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The Hard Work of Compassion

Anyone who seeks to understand goodness needs to read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ post about the “hard work of compassion.” He is an African-American engaged in the not-so-mundane task of reading Mothers Of Invention, a history of women in slaveholding families during … Continue reading

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The Problem with the Enlightenment

I’ve always been a big fan of the Enlightenment. When I came across a quote in a paper by Jonathan Haidt and Craig Joseph, however, I began to wonder if all that emphasis on reason and rational action had left … Continue reading

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The Continuing Saga of Meditation and Prayer

I’m one month into my meditate pray-a-thon, and I have to admit that this is both easier and far harder than I expected. I thought I’d stumble over my schedule and be unable to apply butt to seat to keep … Continue reading

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My Christianity Problem ctd.

My Christianity post continues to wander around the net, collecting comments and links (Thanks to Zoe Pollock and Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish.). For days now I’ve been thinking about one of the 65 comments that popped up on Bilerico. This … Continue reading

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We Live or Die By Our Stories

I suspect most of you will remember the first news story I’m going to tell, but I wonder if you have even heard of the second. I didn’t until I stumbled on the story this week in a new book. … Continue reading

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My Christianity Problem, ctd.

I’m beginning to think I wrote a litmus test, not a blog post in Monday’s “Wherein I Confess To My Christianity Problem.” In comments I’ve received in private conversations, here on this blog, on Facebook and on Bilerico where I … Continue reading

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What’s the Path to 21st Century Enlightenment?

Matthew Taylor presents a provocative idea about how we should launch a new enlightenment in the 21st Century. Taylor is chief executive of the RSA. He wants us to consider a new morality based, in part, on empathy to guide … Continue reading

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Our Morally Stressed Culture

Today I came across research that prompted me to consider a rather nasty question: Is our culture so stressed and dysfunctional that we are swiftly becoming incapable of acting morally? The first warning note was sounded by Notre Dame Psychologist … Continue reading

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Sam Harris and the Dangerous Quest

I’m beginning to understand Sam Harris’ argument. He’s seeking an alternative to religion as the basis for morality, and he’s seeing morality as the core issue of our time. In a presentation and lengthy discussion at the Edge Foundation conference … Continue reading

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Practicing Goodness ctd.

I appreciate the suggestions folks posted about how I might practice goodness for the rest of this quest. Yesterday, however, while sitting in a car with the air conditioning running  and deep in an unexpected conversation, I took the leap … Continue reading

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The Rich and Goodness

If there is any validity to new research, then we finally have a scientific rationale for what Jesus noted all those many years ago. From the King James Bible: And again I say unto you, It is easier for a … Continue reading

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The Soul-Crushing Boredom, Banality, etc., of Goodness

Goodness is hideously boring, banal, unsophisticated and ignorant of the realities of life, among many other things, or at least that’s what I’ve been told as I’ve journeyed on this quest. Not everyone has this attitude, but some do. As … Continue reading

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