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Volunteer

Should we volunteer? Should those of us who are not fully enlightened sages directly and deliberately attempt to be charitable to others? I don’t know. Perhaps, perhaps not. Actions may be evaluated in terms of either their whats, their hows, or…

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Responses

Since the world is in incessant flux, we make a lot of responses to changing circumstances. What’s the best way to do that? I recently distinguished ordinary reactions from instinctive behaviors and unavoidable judgments. [Click here for that post.] I…

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Death of a Friend

At least if you live long enough, it’s impossible not to experience the death of a friend. We don’t select our relatives, but we do select our friends. If we didn’t value someone, we’d have never worked to create the…

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Wives Who Cheat

Wives who cheat raise some interesting questions. For example, if you are a married man, how can you avoid having one? If you are an interested single man or a married man who cheats or is willing to cheat, how…

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Distributive Justice

What principle of distributive justice should we use? Not to be confused with the question of retributive justice [punishment], the question of distributive or economic justice is simple: Who should get what? This is the question that is behind concern…

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God

Because God is unlike ordinary objects such as cows, clouds, or chimeras, all thoughtful people understand that, if the divine is real, it is hidden. It’s impossible to find something if you don’t understand what you are looking for. Who…

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Towards an Adequate Ethics Definition

Coming up with a clear ethics definition may be helpful in dispelling confusion. The critical distinction is between being and doing. Logically, as always, this means there are four possibilities:  ethics is about doing or it is about being or…

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Uncovering Your True Self to Improve Your Relationships

Nothing is more important than uncovering your true self. The best way to approach this is by thinking about what you likely consider what is most valuable in your life, namely, your relationships. I argue in another post [http://dennis-bradford.com/890/difficult-relationships-their-cause-and-cure/] that…

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Difficult Relationships: Their Cause and Cure

How many important interpersonal encounters have you had that were not difficult relationships? Why is loving each other well so damn hard? Do lovers quarrel? Do siblings fight? Do friends annoy each other? Do parents and their children argue? Do…

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Conversational Skills: An Easy Way to Improve Them

Other people are important to you. The better your conversational skills, the more frictionless your social intercourse will be. You are the most important ingredient you bring to any conversation. This post is not about some clever trick to con…

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