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. Aristotle Aristotle 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 … [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 … [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, 2007 What are your thoughts? Discuss the major factors tied to high rates of maternal … [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 … [Read more...]

Rule by Rape (Half the Sky Chap. 4) #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 Four: “In many poor countries, the problem is not so much individual thugs but an entire culture of sexual predation.” Discuss the successful efforts of Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association and Equality Now in working to change the laws and the … [Read more...]

The New Abolitionists (Half the Sky Chap. 3) #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. The above video is about the New Abolitionist Movement student group at the University of Dayton. Conversation Questions for Chapter Three: The reign of terror in Kasturba Nagar by Akku Yadav is almost unbearable to read. It is hard to imagine this type of abuse of an entire community in our day … [Read more...]

Prostitution is the Absence of Choice (Half the Sky Chap. 2) #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 Two: The authors discuss the evolution of their thoughts regarding how best to deal with forced prostitution and child prostitution........legalize and regulate vs. prohibition. Before reading this book, what were your thoughts on preventing/reducing … [Read more...]