History never repeats itself exactly. But there are lessons to be learned. Ethics columnist Andrew Fiala, writing from Peru, reflects on Pizarro’s conquest of the Inca in 1532 and brings it full circle to today.
Fresno State professor Andrew Fiala writes a weekly column on ethics for The Fresno Bee. For the week of July 15, 2018, he reflects on world integration as he attends the International Society for Universal Dialogue biannual congress in Lima, Peru.
President Trump engaged in a false dichotomy when he argued for strength in separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. It revealed a moral conflict between deterrence, retributive justice and compassion.
When the Rev. Franklin Graham was in Fresno, CA last week, he said, “the enemy has gotten control of our schools, our education.” It suggests that teachers are our enemies or that the devil is in charge. Such distrust is unnecessarily divisive.
The hubbub about the laurel-yanny audio clip is symbolic of the “post-truth” era. Some hear “laurel.” Others hear “yanny.” Reality appears to depend upon what we want to believe. And the world may in fact appear different to different people. Some see “collusion.” Others see a “witch hunt.” You claim a story is true. Others call it fake-news.
Religion can be a source of conflict. America's secular form of government allows all faiths to be practiced. Secular institutions evolved to allow people with different faiths to co-exist despite their differences.
The true, the good and the beautiful are assailed by a culture that amplifies the outrageous and ridiculous. It often seems like everyone is talking trash. But that's only because rudeness and vulgarity grab our attention.
The fact that we continue to talk about Randa Jarrar and her tweets is a sign of a vibrant public sphere, ethics columnist Andrew Fiala says. Discord and dissent are democratic. This cacophony is what freedom sounds like. In other parts of the world, there is silence.
It is obvious that we ought to care for our planet. It’s the only one we’ve got. But environmental issues are often a met with an indifferent shrug. This moment, this Earth, is a gift, a privilege and a responsibility.
Fifty-eight percent of Americans do believe that hell exists as a place of eternal punishment, according to the Pew Center on Religion. And now the existence of hell has been called into question by no less an expert than Pope Francis.