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Ethics Moment: The real meaning of Thanksgiving

Long before the Halloween candy and costumes could be returned to the stockrooms, Christmas decorations inundated shelves in seasonal departments nationwide. 

Sandwiched between the hallows and holly is another holiday, one commonly associated with big meals, a big parade, and a big game.

However, for Al Gini, the true purpose of Thanksgiving is clear - and it requires a bit of reflection

In his commentary, Gini describes how the meaning of Thanksgiving grew out of our nation’s history, and how that meaning shares a connection with the world’s cultures and religions.


Al Gini is a professor of business ethics and chair of the department of management at Loyola University Chicago. He is also the co-founder and associate editor of Business Ethics Quarterly, and the author of several books, including My Job, My Self, the Importance of Being Lazy, and Seeking the Truth of Things: Confessions of a (catholic) Philosopher.

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