Friday, September 05, 2008


In my reading this week, I became aware of a book written in 2004 by David Callahan. In 1999, David co-founded a new think tank, Demos, a public policy center based in New York City. Demos combines research and advocacy, working to strengthen democracy and expand economic opportunity within the United States. Previous to co-founding Demos, David was a Fellow at the Century Foundation from 1994 to 1999, where he engaged in wide ranging public policy research and analysis. David received his B.A. at Hampshire College and his Ph.D in Politics at Princeton University.

I have not read the book, but it was linked to in another article. While trying to find out about it, I came across an article he wrote in the journal plagiary. The title of the article was: On Campus: Author Discusses the “Cheating Culture” With College Students. I found the article facinating, especially in light of the national political conventions, but also related to an issue that we are struggling with at the church.

I would love to get a group of people together to discuss the book (or even the article).

Is it OK to lie or cheat, simply because "thats what everyone else does?"

He offers three reasons why it is important why we should resist taking the shortcuts that are often put before us.

First, I think that being true to ourselves and our values is a key to happiness.

A second reason to forget the short cuts is that we all have to live with ourselves. Abraham Lincoln once said that “When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad. Thatʹs my religion.” Sounds simple enough, but of course we may not feel bad at the moment we do bad. Regret has a way of sneaking up on us, and it may only be later that we feel bad – because maybe we took a short cut we didn’t really need to take, and got something that we didn’t deserve. It’s something to watch out for. A life of integrity equals a life with fewer regrets.

A third powerful reason for why integrity should be important in our lives is that each of us plays a role in shaping the society we live in, and that our children will live in.
I think it is important as we choose our leaders for the future.

Anybody interested in a dialog?


Anonymous said...

The article is a sad commentary on modern American life, Steve. The article makes us realize how tough it can be to live a moral and honest life, but I think we MUST teach these values and skills to our children. Even in my elementary school, I find young children cheating on tests and parents doing things that teach their children to lie and connive to get their way. I would love to engage in conversation with a group about this topic.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to discuss this as well.

Larry said...

I would also like to join a discussion about this topic.

Steve Conger said...

We will look to talk about this on a Wednesday night as a part of WWE.

Anonymous said...

Steve, I think WWE is a great time/place to discuss this.

Diane was correct...someone must teach our children values and skills. The issue affects us all at some level.