Monthly Archives: September 2010

Quote-a-thon: Dennis Potter

British dramatist Dennis Potter: “A bad act done will fester and create in its own way. It’s not only goodness that creates. Bad things create. They have their own yeast.” Via

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Quote-a-thon: Marcia Epstein

Marcia Epstein: “Each of us must help the world become safe and nurturing for all people.” Although Marcia doesn’t mention the word “goodness,” this certainly sounds like goodness to me. Marcia is the director of Headquarters Counseling Center in Lawrence, … Continue reading


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Quote-a-thon: Henry David Thoreau

“All good things are wild, and free.” Via

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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

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Quote-a-thon: Indian Proverb

“Conquer a man who never gives by gifts; Subdue untruthful men by truthfulness; Vanquish an angry man by gentleness; And overcome the evil man by goodness.” via Unfortunately, ThinkExist is seriously vague about the source of this proverb, but … Continue reading

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Quote-a-thon: John Wesley

From the founder of Methodism, John Wesley: “Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the souls you can, in every place you can, at all the times you can, with the zeal you … Continue reading

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Mark Twain on Goodness

“Be good and you will be lonesome.” I haven’t verified this, but it certainly sounds like Mark Twain. The quote is from I like this quote because it backs up my theory that somehow, someway the concept of goodness … Continue reading

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Like the “slain” monster in the final seconds of a horror flick, that big project I  got off my desk 12 days ago is back. (Oh no!) It’s time for me to finally finish the darn thing, so I will … Continue reading

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Thank You!

Thanks so much to the two wonderful people who donated to the Goodness Project this weekend. Your gifts will help fund the video and audio equipment I need to expand this effort from mere text to an all-talking, all-singing, all-laughing … Continue reading

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Not My Science of Morality

Notre Dame Psychology Professor Darcia Narvaez mutters the obvious about the Edge Foundation conference and its consensus statement on the science of morality: Can a bunch of white guys, experimenting on inexperienced college students REALLY figure out how humans being … Continue reading

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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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Another Person’s Goodness

Psychologist Jonathan Haidt and his colleagues irritate me. Their reasoned, exhaustive work on morality makes it impossible for me to do what I want to do: Claim the high ground, declare that my idea of goodness is the only definition … 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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