Ethics in a Cocoon: How (Not) to Live Well Together

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AuthorHouse, 2007 - 496 páginas
Cocoon demonstrates, in easy-to-understand language, that ethics is about trust, and happiness. Trust is the essential ingredient to mutally-supportive and durable relationships, focused on reducing life's imperfections. Such relationships are the key to happiness. But we cannot live deep inside protective cocoons and still build trust and relationships. Instead, we must develop all the dimensions of what makes us human--intellectual (truth), spiritual (unity), moral (goodness), and aesthetic (beauty). Above all, we have to know ourselves, and be able to pass the "mirror test" every day. Our most important relationship, after all, being with ourself, and we don't discover our spiritual unity without a Personal Strategic Plan. Nor can we become ethically fit without enthusiasm, equanimity and a commitment to excellence--traits not found in cocoons. Only ethical fitness can help us find the resolution to the fundamental ethical dilemmas we all face--truth versus loyalty, short-term versus long-term, individual versus community, and justice versus mercy. This book suggests we use a variety of lenses to look at the world today--power, wealth, prestige, status. We use the lenses of economics, politics, and technology. We do not use nearly enough the lens of ethics--relationships, happiness, decency, and the golden mean. Once we're ethically fit--the result of continuous practice--we're able to recognize ethical dilemmas, approach them skillfully, and resolve them successfully. This book shows the way to such fitness, which is useful in any context or relationship, personal, local or global. Cocoon is a self-improvement book of the first order, with real-life macro-illustrations of the ethical dilemmas we face in a complex and crowded world in which too many of us pursue the dictates of false gods. It includes over 500 practice questions, and was developed as a textbook in the ethics courses the author taught to seniors at Ramapo College from 2002 th

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Concepts for Ethical Fitness
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GDP 19502004
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King John Act 4 Scene 2 William Shakespeare 26
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3P Model of Happiness
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What a Wonderful World Louis Armstrong
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Ethics Is about Relationships
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The Island of Truth Sir Francis Bacon
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Not Ready to Make Nice Dixie Chicks
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Corporations 2005
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Ghost of Tom Joad Bruce Springsteen
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Follow Your Bliss Joseph Campbell
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The Four Inseparable Es of Ethics
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The Reasons for Enthusiasms Importance
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Passions and History Eugen RosenstockHuessy
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Quick Review Inseparables Mediocrity Lowest Common Denominator
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Living on 18000
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Know Thyself Notes on Delphi
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Relationships Are about Trust
100
The Hour of Living Rightly Horace
111
Whats Needed for Ethical Fitness Kidder
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The Golden Mean Horace
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The Four Major Ethical Dilemma Paradigms
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Golden Straitjacket Thomas L Friedman
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Entitlements as a Percent of GDP
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Pernicious Drift Alan Greenspan
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ShortTerm Versus LongTerm Real Growth The Cost of Growth Naiveté
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The Trite Subjects Albert Einstein
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Ode to a Grecian Urn John Keats
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Imagine John Lennon
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Household Wealth 1995 and 2005 by Quartile
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Food Security 1999 2004
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Coriolanus Excerpt William Shakespeare
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Social Harmony Tom Morris
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A Road Less Traveled Robert Frost
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Amid the Blur V David Schwantes
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The Wheel of Life Crusades Blur Values Trustworthiness SelfProtection Loyalty
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Musée des Beaux Arts W H Auden
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Got Flowers Today Allen Dowdell
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Platos Cave Dwellers Tom Morris
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Practice Questions 516
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Conclusion 19
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U S Economic and Population Data 8
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U S Workforce Data 9
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World Population and Economic Data 18
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