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An Argument for Utilitarianism: Omelas

By Jenny Tang, IV Form 

An Argument for Utilitarianism: Omelas

The 1973 short story “The Ones Who Walked Away from Omelas” presents the fictional town of Omelas whose citizens’ happiness, for an unchangeable reason, depends wholly on the grave suffering of one child, whom they trap in a cellar. After learning about this child, some Omelans oppose the idea by walking away, while others accept and stay.
 Citizens of Omelas should accept the situation and stay because it maximizes the collective happiness.

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Optimism About Positive Psychology

By Sarah Eslick, Associate Director of The Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning

Optimism About Positive Psychology

Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 8.08.30 PMWhat allows humans to thrive? What conditions, actions, or qualities contribute to well being? How do we help kids become resilient?

Historically, the field of psychology has focused on mental illness. Depression, schizophrenia, and other disorders of the mind carried far more intellectual gravitas than the psycho-emotional characteristics that lead to happiness.   Certainly these illnesses are less subtle, easier to categorize, label, and examine. In striking contrast, the field of positive psychology studies how people do well:  how we cultivate positive emotions and optimism and how we develop grit and self-regulation. It explores how we benefit from resilience and gratitude while recognizing our (more…)