Character: Who Cares?
Charges of sexual impropriety have once more been
levelled at the President. Questions of his ethical character are
thus raised anew. Recent polls and "man-on-the-street" inter-
views indicate that the general public shows little concern over
Mr. Clinton's personal ethics, at least so long as they like his
job performance. Let us leave aside the related questions regarding
the allegations of dishonesty and suborning perjury
for the moment. Considering the emphasis we place on the
adherence to right policies, is it important that our publicly
elected officials have good moral character? Or, generally speaking,
does character really matter at all in life? We have put
special focus on this issue.
A Day and Lifetime for
Valentine's Days is a holiday that celebrates the
unique love relationship between men and women. The joy of romance,
along with its associated products and services, meets with vigorous
promotion during this month each year. Properly speaking, there
should be a special day set aside to honor one's beloved. But
today's popular portrayal of love, especially the romantic variety,
is not without difficulties.
Our media culture presents love
as a feeling rather than a virtue. Is a fleeting
sentiment, however, powerful enough to sustain couples through the
torrents that plague today's relationships? Should sexual passions,
blazes fanned by media imagery, be the primary basis for serious
choices between men and women? One should take this opportunity to
consider those factors which contribute to wholesome dating, engaged
and married relationships. Thus, we have put together
a special focus on this issue.
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