Tag: Ethics (Personal)

Is the President Making Middle School Worse?

Immediately after Donald Trump’s election, alarming stories appeared of school bullies who seemed to be inspired by the new president. In York County, Pa., two students marched through their high school hallways holding a Trump sign while a third shouted, “White power!” A teacher in Kansas reported students taunting classmates […]

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The Ethicist: Should I Forgo Gay Sex to Donate Blood?

Name Withheld Your letter touches on a number of issues. Let’s start with the blood ban. The American Red Cross disallows blood donations from a variety of candidates, including: anyone who in the previous 12 months got a tattoo from an unregulated tattoo parlor, had sex with someone with hepatitis, received a blood transfusion or […]

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The Ethicist: How Can I Make My Partner’s Parents More Woke?

My partner’s parents recently visited us in the relatively diverse area of the Northeast where I was raised and work. I am a first-generation Filipino-American. My partner’s parents grew up in the white suburbia of the Midwest. During their visit, they casually dropped some microaggressions. His mother said that she “could tell Filipinos apart” from […]

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Op-Ed Columnist: Fred Rogers and the Loveliness of the Little Good

And here is the radicalism that infused that show: that the child is closer to God than the adult; that the sick are closer than the healthy; that the poor are closer than the rich and the marginalized closer than the celebrated. Rogers often comforted children on the show and taught them in simple terms, […]

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The Ethicist: What Do I Owe My Sociopathic Sibling?

In a society with a serious commitment to reintegrating released offenders, as in much of Western Europe, you could leave it to government institutions to see that your sibling got a chance to spend the rest of his or her life with basic needs met. Your sibling’s prospects are probably worse here in the United […]

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