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Good Intentions Make Good Morals

Good Intentions Make Good Morals

Nikolaus Kennelly, Columnist

September 3, 2017

What’s the best argument you can come up with for not acting to redress moral wrongs? Maybe that moral responsibility is connected to culpability, and because you can’t be blamed for most of the world’s wrongs, you have no responsibility to act. Or maybe that what you perceive to be a moral wrong...

The Bleeding Heart Question

Cyril Burchenal, Columnist

February 16, 2017

Would you, the informed reader, say that political divide is largely a moral issue? I’d say so. In daily conversation it seems that a great deal of the conversation is based upon what any given person believes is ‘moral.’ As such, it seems that the moral high ground has become some magical platform...

Cultural Awareness Shouldn’t Preclude Cultural Critique

Olivia Gilbert, Columnist

April 14, 2016

When taken to its logical conclusion, glossing over of cultural practices as “just different” presupposes critical discussion.

Are Vegans Smug Enough?

Tino Mori, Columnist

November 12, 2015

Don’t let the persona of the vegan stereotype dressed in an organic hemp sweater distract you from their message.

On state-sponsored messages

Spencer Wharton

November 24, 2011

A month or so ago, as part of a joint field trip with my Lenses of Culture and Waste and Pollution classes, we went to Osaka to visit the Osaka Human Rights Museum. Organizing thirty American students and getting to Osaka, about an hour away on the train, was an interesting (read: hair-tuggingly frust...

A Bitter Reflection

Spencer Wharton

October 17, 2011

I failed to do the right thing today. I was walking home. I live near a middle school and an elementary school, so depending on when I get off the train, I occasionally run into a ton of students on my way home. Tonight, that was the case, so I was wading upstream against a flow of uniformed school st...

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