Ethics – New millennium


Read Ethics for the New Millennium (1999) by the Dalai Lama Three components to the assignment: 20 points for rough draft of book report 20 points for going over your rough draft with a tutor 360 points for final book report uploaded to in Canvas. No late work will be accepted. Answer all the questions below in an essay-format in APA style. Please double-space, use Times New Roman, 12-point font. The book report should be 7 pages total (including cover page and references). Use correct spelling, punctuation and grammar (you may need to make several revisions with a tutor before getting this right).

When answering the questions, start by thoroughly defining the theory (from the textbook) and then explain how it relates to what you read in Ethics for the New Millennium. Provide citations whenever summarizing the textbook, lecture, or Ethics for the New Millennium. Make sure you provide enough detail so that I can tell you read the book. All writing should be in your own words. In Chapter Two, the Dalai Lama makes a distinction between two types of suffering – those which have principally natural causes and those of human origin.


Which type of suffering is exemplified in counterfactual thinking (Chapter 3 in our textbook) and impact bias (Chapter 6 Part 1 lecture). In Chapter Three, he discusses seeing reality in terms of a complex interlinking of relationships. Phenomenon do not exist independently. Even when identifying ourselves, there is no single thing to be analyzed. Is this an example of an Eastern Culture or Western Cultures style of thinking (Chapter 4 in our textbook)? Chapter Four of ethics is about the nature of happiness. How does what you learned about the human motivation to have high self-esteem (Chapter 1 and Chapter 6 in our textbook) relate to the Dalai Lama’s views on the nature of happiness, genuine happiness and inner peace?.

In Chapter Five the Dalai Lama seeks to understand the actions of Nazis in WWII. How is this similar to Social Psychologists who have tried to understand prejudice (Chapter 13 in our textbook)? In Chapter Six, we learn it is important to gain insight into our own negativity. This is a lifelong task, but unless we undertake it, we will be unable to see where to make the necessary changes. He states we should be like a scientist investigating how your mind works and drawing the appropriate conclusions. When people unconsciously practice self-serving attributions (Chapter 4 in our textbook) and cognitive dissonance (Chapter 6 in our textbook) does this help or hinder their ability see their own negativity?. Chapter Seven we learn that to access patience in difficult situations, one must practice it daily.

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How could developing this practice lower rates of committing the fundamental attribution error (Chapter 4 in our textbook)? In Chapter Ten he states that we almost never know all the reasons and circumstances for someone else’s behavior. Therefore, it is better to be aware of our own shortcomings rather than find fault with another. How does this relate to theories of justification (Chapter 6 in our textbook about ethics)? In Chapter 13 the Dalai Lama suggests ways to influence people to have more concern for others (media, education). Using Chapter 7 in your textbook, describe where attitudes about morality come from (are they affective, behavioral or cognitive based)? What advice would you give to the Dalai Lama about how to persuade a culture to have more concern for others (Chapter 7 in our textbook)?.

A note about plagiarism: Copied material without citations from the textbook or lectures will constitute as plagiarism. No outside sources should be used (i.e. no internet searches on ethics). Most writing should be in your own words. Use no more than 3 quotations in this entire assignment. Each quotation should be 30 words or less. Use of outside sources or copying material without adequate citations and quotations will result in a “0” on this assignment. Please see me or a tutor for assistance with correct formatting if you have any questions. Grading Rubric for Book Report

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