A Lovely Yet Conflicting Story From Facebook

I read this today on Michelle D. Craig’s, 1st Counselor in the General Young Women’s Organization, Facebook page. I love what’s she is saying but I also feel conflicted with what she is saying: I got an email last year from a wonderful sister in Oregon that I just need to share. She wrote: “After…

The one thing about Personal Development that I don’t like.

About five years ago, I feel in love with the personal development movement. I attended a few conferences, signed up for an intensive course, and entered the gateway to a new and better life. I read lots of books, listened to motivating speeches, created a vision board, recited affirmation statements, and wrote out my life…

True Greatness

What makes a life lived and honorable life? What does it mean to create goodness with your life? What does it mean to make an impact and a difference? What is true greatness? With the renaming of buildings and the consideration of whether or not someone should have a statue built to honor and remember…

Minnesota, Warsaw, and Jerusalem

Just some sketches of notes and rough draft of thoughts… The Park in Minnesota My friend sent me a message yesterday on Marco Polo. She went to the park with her two year old son, just wanting to get out. Everyone, these days, are feeling cooped up due to Covid. Upon arriving at the park…

Obedience and Integrity

To some, obedience can almost feel like a trap. What’s the difference between obedience that is driven by moral courage and obedience that is dangerous? When is it good to yield? When is it good to comply? When is it virtuous to obey? “Sometimes we want to place it in the frame of either obedience…

Cool Things From Created From the Covid Circumstances

I’ve seen a lot of really cool and inspiring things that people have created out of the challenging circumstance that Covid has created. I deiced today that I want to start keeping a list of them…it’s a small list so far, if you have any others you know about, add them to the comments.

What’s in the Name

Listen to six individuals share their views on whether Universities should change the names of their buildings. Three women, three men, different faiths, ages 24-60, one black, five white. Currently, there are many petitions throughout the country petitioning a name change of University buildings if the building is named after an individual that was a…

Is Obedience Always Morally Honorable?

Click play or keep reading Alexander Holmes had been at sea since his tenth birthday. By the time he was twenty-six-years old he had a reputation for being a respectful seaman and a competent fellow who followed commands without complaint. He was a good sailor who caused no trouble within the crew and always did…

Obedience

See the PDF for the notes and references. Introduction  Captain George Harris spoke highly of his sailor Alexander Holmes saying “I never had a better man on board my ship. He was a first-rate man and was always obedient to officers.” Alexander Holmes was a Swedish-born sailor and had been at sea since his tenth…

Is it Virtuous to be Obedient?

The courtroom grew quite with subdued anticipation as prosecutor Oliver Hopkinson asked his lead witness Bridget McGee to describe the events as she experienced them.  A year earlier, she had left the port of Liverpool, England in the spring of 1841 joining 65 Scotch and Irish emigrants passengers leaving their homelands behind with anxious hope…