A number of Americans have “new age” beliefs. According to a recent Pew Center report, 41 percent of Americans believe in psychics. Forty-two percent believe that spiritual energy can be located in physical things.
Someone complained that public schools are failing for lack of religion and morality. Public universities get labeled as “liberal indoctrination centers.” Democratic education respects liberty and values for self-governance.
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.
Members of the Marine Corps rescued three people from a downed helicopter in Hawaii’s Kaneohe Bay on October 22. The helicopter made an emergency landing on a sandbar. This footage shows people in the water beside the overturned helicopter.