UNICEF estimates that a child under 15 dies every 5 seconds from extreme poverty. A large majority of these deaths are children under 5 years old and at least half are newborns. They die from diseases such as malaria and intestinal worms or because they don't have access to clean … [Read more...] about What Is Our Moral Obligation To Those In Extreme Poverty?
There are a couple horses that live near our house and hang out in the pasture by the road. Occassionally my kids will comment on whether they look happy, sad, hungry, cold or even bored. When they saw the horses while it was snowing, they worried they were too cold. If we drove … [Read more...] about Can We Truly Empathize With Animals?
A couple of years ago I opened the bottom drawer in the kitchen next to the fridge. I stopped and stared for a moment because it was full of dirty, wet dishes. Normally this was the drawer full of dish towels but for a moment I thought maybe somebody was playing a bad joke on me. … [Read more...] about How Good Intentions Can Sometimes Bring The Sheriff
A couple years ago I was walking down the driveway with my 5 year old daughter to get the mail. As we walked she looked down and noticed 4 or 5 brightly colored Skittles in one of the concrete joints. She stopped and stared down for a minute and then looked up at me. I knew … [Read more...] about What Can Plato’s Ring Tell Kids About Morality?