Messianic Stickball

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If morality is not what we believe it to be, then what is it, and how is this related to idealism? The answers to these questions are surprisingly complex. Perhaps the best way to approach them is through a metaphor. In some ways, how adults play the morality game is paralleled by how children engage in team sports, particularly when they do so without adult supervision. Back in the Brooklyn of my youth, one of our favorite pastimes was stickball. From early spring to late fall, groups of neighborhood boys could be found playing this game in the streets, against brick walls, and in school yards. A variation of baseball, stickball is specific to urban settings. Without grass-covered fields on which to lay out regulation diamonds or the financial resources to acquire store-bought balls, gloves, or bats, it was as close as many of us city kids could come to the real thing.


Team Sport Moral Rule Fairy Tale Moral Deliberation Moral Negotiation 
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