Think Twice When You Rationalize Your Moral Outrage

Moral outrage is the antithesis of morality. Yet it’s everywhere present in our world today and is everywhere rationalized on the basis of God and truth. We live in a world awash in moral outrage. Everywhere, individuals and groups are indignant and morally...

Where Are Schools’ Standardized Tests for Empathy?

My math teacher daughter has a poster in her classroom that reads: “Today I will give you two tests. One will be in math, and the other will be in integrity. If you have to fail one of them, let it be the math one.” The pressure in schools, on students and...

When We Lack Empathy for Large-Scale Violence

President Trump complained earlier this year about the media’s failure to pay due attention to Islamist terrorist attacks, and the administration offered a specific list of such events. In some cases, his complaint was unfair, but the list did include many...

Why You Have Two Hearts and Two Minds

Sometimes we’re a mystery to ourselves, or, perhaps more accurately, sometimes we don’t realize how much paranoia we carry within ourselves. A lot of things tend to ruin our day. I went to a meeting recently and for most of it felt warm, friendly toward my...