Tag: Ethics (Personal)

What Can I Do When a Colleague Takes Credit for My Work?

I work at a small nonprofit as the assistant to the executive director. Very shortly after I was hired, a new writer was also hired. Let’s call her Carrie. Carrie did not have experience in writing the particular kinds of proposals our nonprofit requires, but the executive director thought she was a good fit for […]

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My Dysfunctional Brother Was Abused. How Do I Acknowledge His Past?

Recently one of my siblings confided in me about the sexual abuse that our brother endured by a man when we were children. Our brother was prepubescent at the time. He does not know that I know. Throughout our childhood, I never knew. I never made the connection between this childhood trauma and his lack […]

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Will Gen-Z Save the World?

There is some sort of hard-to-define spiritual crisis across the land, which shows up in rising depression rates, rising mental health problems. A survey that the Pew Research Center released late last year captures the mood. Pew asked people to describe the things that bring meaning to their lives. A shocking number of respondents described […]

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What Should I Do About My Racially Obtuse Co-Worker?

I work in the public sector and have a great relationship with most of my colleagues. One of my co-workers, a caring person who works hard for the community we serve, has more than once made racially insensitive comments, using phrases like “playing the race card” and “pull yourself up by the bootstraps.” I am […]

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My Aunt Has Alzheimer’s and Her Husband Doesn’t Seem to Care

My family is elderly, and my aunt — who is in her late 70s — was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. If someone does not go with her to appointments, she often forgets what was discussed, including medication, follow-up appointments or even why surgery is scheduled. We know that this will get worse with time. My […]

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Would You Return This Lost Wallet?

It’s obvious: Someone finding a lost wallet is less likely to return it if money is inside, right? That’s what top economists, as well as regular people, usually predict, given what most of us assume about human nature. But according to a clever new study involving thousands of people in 40 countries, what most of […]

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My Husband’s Will Pits Me Against Our Daughter. What Can I Do?

My husband and I have been together for many years and have a teenage daughter; he also has a daughter from a prior relationship, who is a grown woman. He is a wonderful father to both. He has covered all my stepdaughter’s expenses from childhood, and her education, including living expenses and vacations. We are […]

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If Seeing the World Helps Ruin It, Should We Stay Home?

The glaciers are melting, the coral reefs are dying, Miami Beach is slowly going under. Quick, says a voice in your head, go see them before they disappear! You are evil, says another voice. For you are hastening their destruction. To a lot of people who like to travel, these are morally bewildering times. Something […]

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Can You Tell a Friend You Wanted to Give Her a Kidney but Couldn’t?

I am in my 50s, the mother of grown children and in generally good health. A friend of mine has been on dialysis for two years and is desperately seeking a kidney donor. Without telling anyone, I decided to start the process to see if I could donate and went through a variety of tests, […]

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