Leadership, Morality, Vulnerability, and Activism
Leadership, Morality, Vulnerability, and Activism.People do not exist in radical isolation from one another. But as Aristotle said, human beings are not only rational animals, they are also social animals. We find ourselves participating in a number of different communities including families, schools, religious congregations, local, and national groups. So how do we navigate these various communities and the obligations/responsibilities they require of us? And how is it possible to practice and promote justice? Consider the following questions for discussion:
List the question then the Answer: (give examples for each question answered).
1) To what extent is it important to have leaders who are moral? (very important, elaborate) How important is personal character in terms of honesty, compassion, wisdom, and humility? (very important, elaborate)
Can you see how this might tie in to the Ignatian principles of magis and cura personalis?
2) To what extent should government policies protect the most vulnerable in society (e.g., military veterans, orphans, political refugees, the elderly who suffer from dementia, etc.)? Again, how could magis and cura personalis shape a person’s views here?
3) Have you ever participated in a political protest, written or called your representative, or engaged in political activity? If so, what was it – and what prompted your response? (Yes, I called my state representative some years ago to request that he/she vote to raise state minimal wages). How do the readings from this week tie in to the idea of political protest and activism?
4) How important to a vibrant society is the well-educated and morally responsible citizen- and why? What light does Nussbaum’s essay shed on this important topic?