“Good and Evil”

What are we talking about when we speak of “good” and “evil”? The dynamic struggle between good and evil has been examined through art, literature, and philosophy for millenniums, but there’s no consensus about the meaning of the terms. Hugh Taft-Morales explores evil as represented in the rise of Nazism and the attempted genocide of Jews, Romani, homosexuals, and others. He will then share the story about the residents of Le Chambon, France, who gave sanctuary to Jewish children. It shines out as what some called “a conspiracy of goodness.” How, in the midst of that dark horror, did goodness survive? What lessons can we draw from this story to help us live more ethically today?

Hugh Taft-Morales joined the Baltimore Ethical Society as its professional leader in 2010, the same year he was certified by the American Ethical Union as an Ethical Culture Leader. He also serves as Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia. His presence in Ethical Culture has been termed “invigorating.” Taft-Morales lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with his wife Maureen, a Latin American Analyst with the Congressional Research Service, with whom he has three beloved children, Sean, Maya, and Justin.

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