Category: Ethics

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Do Our Genes Dictate Our Choices?

Today I offer an article by guest author AJ Roberts. **** I have two older sisters, and I love them both, but I am often stumped by how very different the three of us are from each other. Although our ages are several years apart, I still find it astonishing that I am genetically more similar to them than to…

The Ethics of Dropping the Atomic Bomb

Coauthored with Michael Samples, presently a student at Riverside City College. In a world full of hatred, death, destruction, deception, and double dealing, the United States at the end of World War II was almost universally regarded as the disinterested champion of justice, freedom, and democracy.1 This quote from distinguished World War II historian Stephen E. Ambrose conveys a powerful…

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Ethics in “The Hunger Games”

  How do the choices we make in pursuit of an end goal impact the outcome of our endeavors? If our cause is worthy enough, are we excused from ethical considerations in our efforts to achieve it? In other words, do the ends justify the means? These were the questions on RTB editor Maureen Moser’s mind after reading Mockingjay, the…

Remembering Heroes: Memorial Day 2012

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse…” — John Stuart Mill, “The Contest in America,” Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, April 1862, 683–84. Today as those in the United States remember the men and women who have died to preserve…

Captain America and Superhero Worldviews, Part 1

In elementary school I was known in class as Kenny Samples, a quiet and mild-mannered child. But during recess I transformed into my alter ego: Marvel comics superhero Captain America. On the playground of Carver Elementary School I battled daily my archnemesis The Red Skull (believed to be Adolf Hitler’s alter ego). With my “mighty shield” (Captain America’s most powerful…