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What is 'the whole duty of man'?

Violin player at work in the Ghencea district of the Romanian capital city Bucharest, April 2, 2011 (Credit: Nicu Buculei via Flickr) Nicolo Paganini was in concert with a full orchestra when a string snapped. He continued, improvising his solo. But then a second string snapped, then a third. Three limp strings were hanging from Paganini's violin. He continued and finished the difficult piece with one string. Then he played an encore piece on that one string. And then he held up the violin and said to the crowd, "Paganini and one string!"

What should your "one string" be?

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Facebook: where millennials get the news and feed their cows

A young woman compares two smartphones, an iPhone and a Samsung Galaxy, at a trade show (Credit: Reuters/Mike Segar)It started out as place where you poked people. It then turned into a type of farm where you milked virtual cows and were attacked by cyber chickens. As time went by, it was the marketplace where you begged people to help you with your candy crush addiction. And now, Facebook is the place where you get your news.  

Yesterday, Pew Research released their findings concerning the consumption of news among generations. When asked where they got political and government news from in the previous week, about six-in-ten Web-using millennials (61 percent) reported getting political news on Facebook. Coming in second place is CNN. While CNN might pride itself on being the most trusted name in news, it is not the most consumed. I guess you could compare it to green bean casserole at Thanksgiving; it can hold its own, but it plays second fiddle to dressing.

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Pope Francis calls for a new moral compass

Pope Francis talks during a special audience with nuns of Rome's diocese in Paul VI hall at the Vatican May 16, 2015. (Credit: Reuters/Tony Gentile)In Pope Francis' recent "Apostolic Exhortation" (Evangelii Gaudium), he calls for a "new political and economic mindset which will help break down the wall of separation between the economy and the common good of society." Essentially, the Pope wants to see business leaders pave the way for greater equality in all walks of life, but especially in the economic sector. However, as Paul Laudicina describes in his recent article "What the Pope Didn't Say…," "for many, doing the 'right' thing is not the business of business." Laudicina argues that for Pope Francis' goal of a more moral business culture to be realized, business leaders must be shown that it is not only moral to enact the necessary changes but also logical and profitable.

Laudicina goes on to describe how now it should be easier than ever to see moral business practices implemented. The growth of technology and the way the world has shrunk as a result have increased the need for profitable businesses to do well by both their shareholders and the global community. Companies that garner the label of being socially or environmentally irresponsible face the very real chance of seeing their value decline substantially, even if the tactics that led to such a reputation were profitable.

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Blind man can see: the power of beauty

Opie Huges, who is colorbind and had his life changed by a pair of EnChroma glasses that reverse red-green colorblindness, poses for a family photo with his wife and three children while on vacation at the beach, May 12, 2015 (Credit: Opie Hughes via Facebook)Opie Hughes is a dad that lives in a small town in Pennsylvania. A father of two, Opie is one of 32 million Americans who have some level of colorblindness. Suffering from the red-green type, Hughes has been colorblind all his life…until last week.

With his sister Katherine videoing the moment, Hughes received a life-changing gift from his children. It would only seem appropriate that such a transformational gift would come from his children, who themselves were life changing to him. So as he made his way past the tissue paper, out of the box, out of another box, and finally out of their case, Hughes found a pair of sunglasses. Unbeknownst to him, this was more than a stylish accessory to protect his eyes from UV rays, but rather a portal into a new world of living color and vivid beauty.

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Millennials: why can't they quit porn?

A young man in a white shirt and glasses stares in shock at his computer screen while browsing the internet (Credit: Yeko Photo Studio via Fotolia)It will come as no surprise that this millennial generation has unprecedented access to images of graphic sexuality.  Barely a generation ago, these images were limited to magazines on hidden shelves at convenience stores. But as "digital natives," they now have unlimited porn available at any time, privately accessible, and free.

According to Dr. Ogas, co-author of A Billion Wicked Thoughts, of the one million most popular websites, 42,337 (nearly 5%) are sex-related.  Additionally, Ogas' study found nearly 15% of all Internet searches were for erotic content and the largest porn site on the web registers 4.4 billion page views per month.

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