Come join my next live Rationally Selfish Webcast! This week, I’ll answer questions on common mistakes with family, severing ties with one’s parents, enablers of destructive siblings, filial responsibility laws, and more.
As always, it’s on Sunday morning at 8 am PT / 9 am MT / 10 am CT / 11 am ET. You can watch the webcast and join in the text chat via www.RationallySelfish.com. Greg Perkins of Objectivist Answers will be my audio co-host, as usual.
Each week, I answer questions on practical ethics and the principles of living well. I select the most popular and interesting questions from the ongoing queue of questions. Please submit your questions, as well as vote and comment on questions that you find interesting!
Here are the questions that I’ll answer this week:
- Question 1: Common Mistakes with Family: What are some common mistakes that adults make in dealing with their parents? Why do they make those mistakes? And how can they do better?
- Question 2: Severing Ties with One’s Parents: When should a person maintain a relationship with his parents — or not? When, if ever, should an adult child distance himself from his parents — or cut them off completely? Does it matter if the parent was awful years ago, but since then, he’s seemed to reform his ways?
- Question 3: Enablers of Destructive Siblings: What should a person do with destructive family members and their enablers? One of my brothers, diagnosed with a mental illness, is causing serious problems for my parents. My parents invited my brother to live with them. This brother is 26 years old, he does not hold a steady job, and he has been emotionally abusive and physically violent with my parents. At this point, my parents will not kick him out for fear of being hurt. I don’t live at home, but I’m deeply worried for my parents. What should I do?
- Question 4: Filial Responsibility Laws: How should a person deal with filial responsibility laws? In your April 10th webcast, you discussed the morality of taking care of elderly parents. Some states have filial responsibility laws, which would force people to take care of indigent elderly parents. How should a person would cope with such laws in practice?
After that, we’ll do a round of totally impromptu “Rapid Fire Questions.”
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