Is it Honorable to be Obedient and Loyal?

What does it mean to be obedient and loyal? What does it mean to defer and submit? Is it always virtuous to be obedient, loyal? Is it ever virtuous to defer and submit? After ordering his sailors in the longboat to all follow the mate’s order, and to do nothing without his consent, Harris called…

Split Second

Before we proceed with some of our actions we have time to evaluate and weigh out the options in an effort to make the best decision for the specific situation before we act. And then other moments we have but a split second to react. It was Sunday evening, four days after Christmas, around 5…

Why I Write

My goal isn’t to win some sort of imaginary debate. I want to develop my ability to artfully articulate my thoughts. And I want to develop my ability to create a good argument and using sound reasoning in my discussions. But my focus in developing these skills isn’t so that I can convince and persuade…

The Destroyer of Marriage (and every other relationship)

Ego. It’s only three letters, but it’s powerfully destructive. Part of it’s power lies in it’s ability to be somewhat invisible. We had an aspen tree in our backyard that was tall and beautiful. It happened to be the only mature tree in our backyard at the time. It was also the only source of…

I Think This Is A Bad Idea

When the Babolinan empire was busy constructing the tower of Babel, there was a group of people that left the spectacular city, their homeland, in search of a new place to live. And they didn’t just move from one city to the next, they moved from one continent to another. They built their own barges…

Is it Morally Wrong to Manipulate Emotion?

There was this moment in the live performance of the musical The Scarlet Pimpernel where the clever devious Pimpernel is with his group of men sailing on a ship to France on one of their most important missions. As the song unfolds the story, the men are moving around on the ship getting into disguise….

Mini Memoir: The Green Stove

I sometimes wonder where some of my memories from my early childhood came from. Is it possible for me to recall something that happened when I was nearly two years old, or do I remember it because of the photos I’ve seen and conversations I’ve heard years after the moment occurred? In the days of…

Mini Memoir: The GRE

I took the GRE yesterday. That was a unique experience. It’s been about 20 years since I was on a college campus as a student, so it felt a bit odd walking across the University of Utah’s grounds mingled among the students adorned with ear pods, searching for the testing center. Everyone talks about how…

The Greatest Quality of Leadership

Perhaps the greatest quality of leadership is the ability to see and understand differing views, perspectives, and beliefs and to see the truth and legitimacy in those differing views. Our ego blinds us to the truth. A good leader is one who has the capacity to see truth and to withstand the pressures of validation….

Promoting Justice through Injustice part II

A well known example of promoting justice through injustice is the woman who was brought before Jesus by the scribes and the Pharisees who was had committed adultery and demanded that Jesus explain what should be done. The Law of Moses commanded that such should be stoned. She had done something that was against their…