Tag: ethics

Honesty Is the Best Business Practice

 

Some people choose to make a quick buck the shady way, and some choose to build a reputation and a loyal customer base. I’ve had two good experiences in the past week, and have an appointment with another trusted business tomorrow. Perhaps they will strike a chord with your experiences, good or bad.

Last week, I drove 30 minutes to my dentist, who has been my dentist since 2006. I have no intention of changing dentists, regardless of dental plan, so long as I live within an hour’s drive. This is because bad dentists leverage their expertise to sell unnecessary procedures. Honest dentists tell, and show you, what you must have done to avoid emergencies, then offer additional services you might want if you can afford them.

Jim Geraghty is back!  Today, he and Greg Corombos of Radio America agree that it was time for VA Secretary David Shulkin to leave after months of ethical woes – but also a year of some progress at one of government’s biggest and most important bureaucracies.  They also take on the identical script recorded by dozens of anchors at Sinclair stations, noting that the commitment to reporting facts is good but making every station say exactly the same thing looks really bad.  And they slam Hillary Clinton for adding the Supreme Court decisions on Citizens United and the Voting Rights Act to her endless excuses for losing in 2016.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud White House Chief of Staff John Kelly for blasting four cabinet secretaries on ethics matters ranging from travel to office decor.  They also shake their heads a day in advance of the special congressional election in Pennsylvania, as the Republican appears to be running a very weak campaign and the Democrat believes life begins at conception but opposes late-term abortions.  And they get a kick out of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren refusing to take a DNA test to resolve the controversy over her claims of Cherokee ancestry.

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Most people know the Golden Rule from Jesus/Yeshua: “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12, ESV). Another remark from him is closely associated with the Golden Rule: “The second [greatest commandment] is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ […]

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You walk a familiar route. Again, there is litter on the ground. You pick it up and dispose of it when you can. There is always litter these days.  And it’s getting worse. Every week there is more. You had hoped your example would inspire others, though that might not have been your full purpose. […]

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Hurry up and get your giggles before prudes have this removed for using honest, English words: As a newly elected president, Donald Trump was quick to take one of Washington’s institutional pillars down a peg. By snubbing the 2017 annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner (WHCD), the president deflated what should have been more appropriately called […]

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Bishop Robert Barron had an interesting response to Scorsese’s new movie Silence. The article contains spoilers which I will not recount here. But in it Barron submits a provocative comparison of religious loyalty with national loyalty under extreme circumstances. In the following hypothetical scenarios, consider multiple objects of devotion — loyalty to God, loyalty to nation, […]

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Ok, so it’s not exactly my book. It’s our book. I’m only one of twenty-three authors and one of two editors. (But I think I did more work than the others, and the book was my idea.) I like this artwork: Lewis overlooking a cityscape drawn with an old-school sci-fi vibe that makes me think […]

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Ed Sletzer wrote a thought provoking piece in this week’s Christianity Today. I include the tinyurl link to the article at the bottom of this piece rather than the direct link because the title alone is likely to provoke more of the pile-on comments about Trump vs. NeverTrump, and quite frankly I’ve had all that […]

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Of Trolleys and Tanks

 
New Mount Carmel Center on fire during the siege of the Branch Davidian complex in Waco, TX.

New Mount Carmel Center during the FBI assault on the Branch Davidian complex in Waco, TX.

There are five people tied to the tracks of an unstoppable, runaway trolley. Their death is imminent. However, in your hand is a switch. If you flip that switch, then the trolley is diverted down a different track, away from those five people… and down a track onto which one person is tied. Death is certain no matter what you do. Flip that switch and you have actively assented to the death of a fellow human being. Do nothing and you have passively assented to the death of five fellow human beings. What do you do?

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…for Democratic Party Presidential candidate and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Sunday’s town hall debate.  In no particular order: You’ve said repeatedly that you “take responsibility” for your use of a private, unsecured email server to conduct official State Department business. What concrete actions have you actually done that constitutes an actual taking of […]

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What makes a government legitimate? What does legitimacy mean in regard to politics?  I have been wondering, again, about the conditions which require obedience to unjust laws. The question of legitimacy seems the most fundamental form of that ethical conundrum. Laws express authority. Before one accepts the laws of representatives or rulers, one must accept […]

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I just found the following post on American Thinker, and before I finished reading it, I thought, “I know some other people who might find this interesting!”.  The title is A Diatribe  Against Baseless Neutrality  and Blind Compromise , by AJ Castellitto.  It’s fairly long, but worth your time, I hope. Preview Open

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In the game We Happy Few, currently in development, Joy is a pill issued by government that makes everyone happy regardless of their circumstances. Downers — citizens who refuse to take the pill — are punished for their obstinance.  But suppose Downers were left alone. Suppose that it was a free choice to chemically induce […]

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A Hillary presidency would be really bad for the country in the short term, but a Trump presidency would do even worse damage to the conservative movement, making it even worse for the country in the long term. Alas, one of them will be President. The right thing to do is to resist the greater evil. So we must vote for Hillary! […]

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What’s the difference between today’s front page of The Boston Globe and yesterday’s? Today they admitted they made it up. Tomorrow they’ll resume printing lies that they won’t take credit for. The Globe published a satirical look three months into a Donald Trump presidency. While it’s obviously fake it raises ethical questions. Should any organization […]

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One doesn’t normally expect to find one’s faith in God validated by a video game. But if you are one of the millions of gamers with access to the open beta of Tom Clancy’s The Division this weekend, you might consider how the game’s “Dark Zone” relates to the problem of evil.  Preview Open

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