Posted in March 2012

Apple and the Workplace


 Not only does Apple make great products. It also making great waves in the Chinese labor market.  After receiving great criticism for the working conditions under which its iPhones and iPads were assembled, Apple and Foxconn, the company in China which supplies about 50 percent of the world’s consumer electronics, have agreed to improve working conditions, … Continue reading

Killing a Black Man


In commenting on the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer, President Obama said, “I think all of us have to do some soul-searching to figure out how does something like this happen. And that means that examine the laws and the context for what happened, as well as the specifics of … Continue reading

Ethics is Universal, as the Golden Rules Show


Human flourishing and happiness are synonymous. One is what we mean by the other. So, what kind of person are you called to become if the goal is happiness, which I believe it is? The answer is, an ethical person. The road to happiness lies in living a virtuous life. Sometimes this requires the suppression … Continue reading

Is Living Alone Good for You but Bad for Society?


A social phenomenon is sweeping the world. From Kenya to the UK, people are living alone in increasing numbers. These aren’t temporary situations, like students or recent graduates. In fact, those living alone are more likely to remain in that situation than any other group except married couples. In the US, 28% of all households … Continue reading

Why the Wealth Gap is a Problem


The wealth gap amongst Americans continues to grow, but surveys indicate that most Americans aren’t concerned. They don’t worry about what others have, only what they themselves don’t. Others can have private planes, a dozen million dollar residences and more money than they can spend in a hundred life-times, as long as they can have … Continue reading

Dreaming Responsibly


In dreams begin responsibility, wrote William Butler Yeats. Dreams and desires are twins, for desiring means wanting that which is not yet. Proper desire moves us towards creating better conditions not only for ourselves and our times but for others in a time not yet arrived. Dreams and desires are the beginning of better things. But … Continue reading

Social Networks: Good or Bad?


What can we make of social networking? Is it really social or anti-social? I think of it as a wonderful way to keep in touch with old friends. And I have made new friends, with people I probably would never otherwise have met. Some I have friended aren’t real friends. They are virtual friends, a … Continue reading