Archive | December, 2014

The Might Makes Right “Ethic”


The release of the “torture report” today got me thinking about ethics. Moral and ethical thought, along with broader philosophical concepts, form the foundation of political ideology. I find it interesting to read between the lines in political comments people make and try to figure out what kind of ethical framework they think within. Sadly, […]

Submit to the Law…Always?


In the decades prior to the Civil War, hundreds of men and women risked their own lives and freedom to help blacks escape slavery in the South. I used to consider the people who organized and ran the Underground Railroad heroic, but apparently I was wrong. They were merely lawbreakers who deserved nothing more than […]

We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know


Three weeks ago today I underwent open heart surgery to replace a leaky artificial valve. Having gone through this same surgery a little more than 11 years ago, I had a pretty good idea what to expect. Based on my previous experience, I set what I thought were reasonable goals for returning to various activities. […]