More or Less: Some Insights from Aristotle

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Jeff Shinabarger's More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity reminded me of two philosophers, Aristotle and Peter Singer and how they addressed the idea of generosity. Today, I want to focus on Aristotle.AristotleAristotle directly addresses the idea of generosity in his Ethics. Generosity is a virtue for Aristotle and as such it is the middle point between a deficiency and an excess. Both the deficiency and the excess, in this case, are vices.The key to generosity for … [Read more...]

Women and the Microfinance Revolution (Half the Sky Chap. 11) #sjbc

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This post is part of the April Social Justice Book Club. This week we are discussing Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.Conversation Questions for Chapter Eleven:Sixty-five dollars ...Consider the number and extent of lives changed by this one initial microloan to Saima?Check out microloan resources mentioned in the book. Do you have a group of friends who could make small loans together? Maybe your Bunco … [Read more...]

Investing in Education (Half the Sky Chap. 10) #sjbc

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This post is part of the April Social Justice Book Club. This week we are discussing Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.If you watch just one video from this series, watch this one!Conversation Questions for Chapter Ten:Assuming one is not vegetarian, can you imagine being so poor that your family can only eat meat once a year as did Dai Manju’s family?Dai Munji’s story is the model of a successful for … [Read more...]

Is Islam Misogynistic? (Half the Sky Chap. 9) #sjbc

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This post is part of the April Social Justice Book Club. This week we are discussing Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.Conversation Questions for Chapter Nine:What would you say to a Muslim who proposes that conservative attitudes are not based on their religion, but their culture?How are early Christian beliefs on gender roles similar to early Islamic teachings? How are they different?A Saudi … [Read more...]

Family Planning and the “God Gulf” (Half the Sky Chap. 8) #sjbc

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This post is part of the April Social Justice Book Club. This week we are discussing Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.Conversation Questions for Chapter Eight:This chapter presents some hard political truths intertwined with complex religious beliefs which directly interface with mothers and babies in developing countries. Regardless of political party affiliation, what are your thoughts on the “gag r … [Read more...]

Why do Women Die in Childbirth? (Half the Sky Chap. 7) #sjbc

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This post is part of the April Social Justice Book Club. This week we are discussing Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.Conversation Questions for Chapter Seven:“Would the world stand by if it were men who were dying just for completing their reproductive functions?” Asha-Rose Migiro, UN Deputy Secretary General, 2007What are your thoughts? Discuss the major factors tied to high rates of maternal dea … [Read more...]

The Cult of Virginity (Half the Sky Chap. 5) #sjbc

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This post is part of the April Social Justice Book Club. This week we are discussing Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.Conversation Questions for Chapter Five:In 2008 the United Nations declared rape “a weapon of war.” A former UN forces commander states, “It has probably become more dangerous to be a woman than a soldier in an armed conflict.”Can we do anything about this? What are your thoughts abo … [Read more...]


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