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Friday, December 02, 2005

an ethical education!

I meant to post this yesterday, but was caught up in other mayhem (see below). Henry Seton, one of the few Crimson columnist currently writing thoughtful, provocative pieces rather than vapid reflections that belong in pre-improved FM, wrote an exceptional piece about why Harvard needs to have an ethical dimension to its curriculum. Most importantly, I think he nails the ethical problem our generation confronts:
Most of us are well-intending folks, but we often hyper-schedule to the point of not having the time to really wrestle with a lot of the tough ethical questions. Getting to senior year, many of us are still unsure of how best to make use of our broadly-educated selves. There is a certain ambivalence and uncertainty in our generation's ethical dimension manifested in our political apathy, lukewarm career choices, etc. We are a group that is bred to pursue "greatness" and as a result do not always devote enough attention to the concept of "“goodness."” We are not explicitly amoral, but we often remain ultimately passive on critical moral issues merely because of the complexities of taking a stand in our ever-complexifying world.
He builds off of this understanding to make a case for why Harvard should encourage its students to confront moral and ethical questions. I have very little to add to what he said, so rather than continuing to quote him, I'll stop and just encourage you to check it out. Check it out!

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