November 11, 2012 · 10:30 AM
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Details: Are there ethical ways to win and lose? Do adults engaged in high-stake contests maintain the “good sport” habits we’re taught growing up? How will victorious and defeated candidates and political partisans respond to the election results? Ethical Humanists active in our country’s political process will be striving to assure that our best responses are brought out when the dust settles after November 6th. Through attention to the sports analogies dominating our national culture of competition, we discover that we must continue to grow ever more civically engaged and positive if we are to create an ethical culture.
Speaker Bio: Hugh Taft-Morales is now in his third year as BES Leader and main guitarist. A Yale College graduate (1979), he also earned a Masters in Philosophy (1986) from University of Kent in England. For twenty-five years he taught high school philosophy and history. Then after his mid-1990s discovery of Ethical Culture, he served the Washington Ethical Society as a board member from[masked], the last year as president. In addition to being a certified Leader in Ethical Culture, he has completed a three-year leadership certification program with the Humanist Institute. A faculty member at the 2012 AEU Lay Leadership Summer School and secretary to the AEU’s National Leaders Council, Taft-Morales serves as Leader for the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia and as Consulting Leader to the Ethical Society Without Walls (ESWoW). He and his wife Maureen, a specialist in Latin American affairs for the Congressional Research Service, live in Takoma Park, Maryland; they are the enthusiastic parents of three children: Sean, Maya, and Justin.