Seven Deadly Sins:
The Decline of Moral Community and the Rise of Public Corruption
Past event | Dinner at the Square | Spring 2014
the seven deadly sins. yes.

Why don’t liberals seem to care about moral behavior and the moral communities that support it? Why don’t conservatives seem to care about rampant public corruption at the heart of our political system? If we care about doing the right thing, can’t we care about both? There is perhaps nowhere in our civic debate where the conversation has grown so calcified as the one about morality. (Event photos.)


We’ve long since stopped any form of real communication, instead hurling accusations at each other across what seems to be an impossible – and ever-widening – divide. But if you take a fresh look at the best case each side makes, they each have a real argument, in fact we think each sees an “asteroid” coming our way – with the problem getting bigger over time and the longer we ignore it. And until we cross the partisan divide and realize that team effort can solve both problems – as we would behave if they were real asteroids we must deflect to protect life on earth, we’re stuck in a do-loop of failure to communicate.



Lucy Morgan | Pulitzer Prize winning journalist
Tampa Bay Times
Dr. Bill Shiell | Pastor
First Baptist Church
Steve Seibert | Facilitator
The Village Square, Chair
i'll help you deflect your asteroid if you help me deflect mine
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Common Threats Make Common Ground

The Asteroids Club is an approach to communicating about the civic problems that polarize – and paralyze – us. The concept grew out of the field of moral psychology, which tells us that people are more likely to find common ground when they unite to fight common threats.