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About ethicsbeyondcompliance

I hold a PhD in medical humanities with an major emphasis in ethics. I began teaching college-level ethics in 2000.

Feedback (all failure is) – poem

Instead of “why is this happening?” I ask, “What is this teaching me?” I understand that all failure is feedback, And I want to grow in full self-awareness. Perhaps this rejection is telling me That I don’t deserve to be … Continue reading

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Doing Philosophy for Fun or Profit

I was recently invited to think about answering two questions: 1. What is philosophy? 2. How is philosophy done? Teaching first-year community college students for 17 years gave me ready answers, of course. Philosophy is a love of wisdom inspired … Continue reading

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(Note: I wrote this poem by looking up “rhymezone” on and copying all the resultant rhymes. A couple of the words are used incorrectly, which is sort of the point.) It’s okay to use a rhyming dictionary, But some … Continue reading

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Cultivating Life (redux)

As Eliot would say, I buried the corpses dutifully In the garden last autumn With hopes of ghostly greetings to come.   Now, feeding them with Spikes and multicolored fluids, I wonder how they will arise, Whether they will rise. … Continue reading

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Cultivating Life

A traffic jam that spans an entire epoch Is followed by daily punishments of Dreary Sisyphean meanderings, Followed by even more traffic In sweltering heat and sticky humidity.   With all energy drained from Lungs, limbs, and mind, He shuffles … Continue reading

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Judging the Judge

Mark Judge knows the judge, Maybe a bit too well, The judge wants Judge to fudge, But in time truth will tell.

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Earth is Burning

They say the earth is burning, But I don’t think it will affect me. It is quite cool where I live, And warming would be a relief. I don’t worry about rising oceans, Because I live on a big hill. … Continue reading

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