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Around the world, a number of nations made progress toward racial equality during the 20th century. Fifty years ago, in July 1964, the United States passed its own landmark Civil Rights Act—the result, at least in part, of one eloquent man’s persuasive words and deeds.
Happiness is often regarded as a basic human right these days, but does a person’s ability to be happy depend on circumstances, or can we achieve it despite living under trying conditions? Current research confirms ancient wisdom on finding real happiness.
How much say should people have in determining the circumstances of their demise? Is ultimate personal autonomy, even in death, the most important aspect of life?
The doctrine of “highest and best use” is the guiding principle by which land is bought and sold today. And we have only ourselves to blame for the results.
Issue People all over the globe long for a system of governance that will free them, once and for all, from oppression and injustice. Yet the model for such a system was laid out long ago, along with some very personal instructions on putting
Whether calling it a race to the top, to the bottom, or to nowhere, advocates of school reform often lose sight of the most important need of modern society: balanced individuals.
Ours is a world largely divided between those who have too little and those who have too much. In addressing this problem of access and excess, perhaps it is timely to consider the pertinent wisdom found in Judeo-Christian literature and in the works of a few modern alternative thinkers who have appreciated the same resource.
What will it take for Israelis and Palestinians, or other warring nations and groups, to begin working together in peace? One Israeli and one Palestinian are together showing how centuries of human experience can be transcended—to the benefit of not only themselves but their world.
Elder abuse is a growing problem everywhere, according to the World Health Organization and other agencies. Why is it so prevalent, and what can be done about it?
London has changed considerably since Dickens immortalized his view of it, but many still see cities in general as progenitors of social ill. Are the criticisms of the city Dickens knew still relevant, or are we well on our way to resolving the issues he wrote about so eloquently?
The modern penal system in many nations has been a failed experiment in rehabilitation. Are reformation and reconciliation possible for those who have found themselves on the wrong side of prison bars?
In response to a surging wave of crime that began in the 1960s, America got tough on crime. As a result, the United States currently incarcerates over 2 million people—nearly a quarter of the world’s prison population.
The earthquake in Haiti earlier this year and subsequent devastation there resulted in what has now become a familiar response—the giving of large sums of money to provide humanitarian relief.
Research suggests that a child who lacks a positive sense of identity is much more likely to turn violent. Gina Stepp explores five keys to help prevent youth violence.
Environmentalism is the subject of ongoing heated debate all over the globe. But let’s set aside the political and commercial aspects of the discussion in order to ask, Where does God stand on the issue?
At some point every one of us has the opportunity to lead. What are the principles that enable us to lead with the interests of others foremost in mind?
Rights have never been so extensively defined as today. But what happens when the perceived rights of two individuals or groups clash? Is there any basis for resolution?
Those of us in the developed world are increasingly prosperous and enjoy a level of affluence unknown to previous generations. But do abundant choices and material goods make us any happier?
Special Report: Human TraffickingFebruary 16, 2007 Down to SlaveryThe year 2007 marks the 200th anniversary of British and American legislation outlawing human trafficking. Yet, in those nations and throughout the world, slavery and the slave trade are flourishing realities.On Abolishing Slavery (Again)Kevin Bales
Down to Slavery
Winter 2007 Issue
The Song of the Nubian Slave by Frederick Goodall, RA (1822-1904)
“The dark side of globalization allows multinational criminal syndicates to broaden their range of operations from drug and arms traff
Elder abuse is a serious problem, not just in some nations but around the world. “It is a problem that crosses all geographic, socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic barriers,” states Elizabeth Podnieks, vice president of the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.
In October 2004, Slow Food International will present its biannual exhibition, Salone del Gusto, in Torino, Italy.
The World Health Organization released a report on obesity last year, which showed that more than one billion people are now considered overweight.
As the Slow Food movement has matured and grown, the tongue-in-cheek label is no longer a joke.
Most people agree that character has to do with moral behavior. But on what authority can we define character or determine how it is achieved?
A brief look at feminism in the third world.
Greed is as old as human history. Enough, it seems, is seldom enough.
Vision publisher David Hulme interviews author Jonathan Glover about his book Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century. Glover is director of the Center of Medical Law and Ethics at King's College, London.
Despite our best efforts toward peace, the story of humanity is in large part the story of animosity and violence. What is it about people that leads them to treat one another as adversaries?
A new genre of television programming is reminiscent of an ancient manifestation of human nature's dark side.
Is the current trend toward more modest clothing a sign of changing values?
The Western world's obsession with work has a long history. But on what is it founded?
Can the life of a humble teacher of botany who lived at a much simpler time offer insight for a world caught up in the fast-paced information age?
September 11, 2001: A date for most that was a kind of turning point, a hinge of history. “Nothing will ever be the same again.”
Does equality have to mean sameness, or can men and women capitalize on their differences to create synergy between the sexes?
What can parents do to shield children from the pressure to grow up too fast?
Book Review: Blood, Sweat and Tears: The Evolution of Work by Richard Donkin; The Working Life: The Promise and Betrayal of Modern Work by Joanne B. Ciulla; Beyond the Bottom Line: The Search for Dignity at Work by Paula M. Rayman.
Injustice takes many forms but at its simplest might be described as people treating others unfairly, or doing harm to others. In this interview with Jonathan Glover, which first appeared in the Summer 2001 issue, the British ethics professor addresses the human proclivity for cruelty.
As the world recalls the end of World War II, Vision examines Adolf Hitler's rise to power, the unprecedented cruelty he unleashed, and the lessons to be remembered.
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