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At Compassionate Life, I try to open hearts and minds with material that is rational, drawing on current research – because courageous analytical thought is essential to ethical thinking – while encouraging you to open yourself to a practice of compassionate thinking patterns and actions. A compassionate life is a happier, richer, and more expansive one, and every thoughtful act of compassion is one step closer to a better world.

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The Grey Area in Ethical Debates

“… the black and white-ness of the issue is not just down to the tendency of human beings to form tribes and to see things in simplified binaries, but also because of the constraints imposed by the democratic system where a clear affirmative or negative result is required for action. But these two forces compliment and reinforce each other, and because the nature of humans and the political system sets up an antagonistic relationship between two opposing sides, unbiased approaches to facts and an ability to listen to the other side in a clear-headed, calm way get compromised.”