Compassion as a Problem Solving Technique
4 Reasons to Practice Compassion
As a Humanist educator, my job is to teach people how to solve their problems in a reasonable, compassionate and ethical way. To me, compassion is an integral part of my problem solving process. There is a reason why every major religion and philosophy emphasizes compassion. It’s an incredibly powerful tool that most people don’t take the time to utilize or practice.
You may be wondering what compassion has to do with problem solving because problem solving is an intellectual activity, something you have to think to do. Compassion is an emotion, what does compassionate have to do with thinking rationally?
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There can be no reasons
There is no absolute basis for ethics. It is all subjective and it’s all situational. Get over it and get on with trying to be a good person.
The main drawback of being a “philosopher” for a living is that you have to deal with minutia experts. These are people who are a bit obsessive about making sure everything in their philosophy fits perfectly. Even if they like something and agree with it in principal and practice it as a person, they feel compelled to seek out the nooks and crannies to satisfy themselves that everything is as they should be. What they seek is a perfect philosophy. The problem is that there is no such thing as a perfect philosophy.
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Humanist Thought of the Week: 5 10 2010
The Origins of Morality
One of the most common questions we Humanists get is: where do moral values come from if they don’t come from god.
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2 different studies have recently come to my attention regarding the role religion plays in our lives and whether it is a good thing or a bad thing. Apparently, the more religious a society is, the less healthy it is yet, people are happiest when they have a social network that they usually get from religion. So….. mixed results.
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Humanist Thought of the Week: Sept 15 2009
Dealing with Jerks
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Humanist Thought of the Week: July 21 2009
Human Based Morality
Both religious and human based moralities tend to focus on the same things, compassion and responsibility.
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The Values and Ideals of Humanism
7/19/09 : Part 4 of the Introduction to Humanism. Finally.
The remainder of the series can be found at: my youtube page.
Humanist Thought of the Week: March 3 2009
The True Holy Trinity
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Palm Reading Scams
Just another reason why it pays to be a Skeptic
Ok – it has happened again – a palm reader has bilked a group of people out of lots of money. Seems like this happens every year or so in our county – you would think people would learn. This time it was the Latino community taking in by a Senora Sara. What surprised me wasn’t that it happened, as I said, it happens every year or so. What actually caught my eye was that the amount stolen was so little, only $25k. And yes, I know that is a lot, but previous takes were in the $50k range. This psychic left town after only taking $25k.
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