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When Guilt is Good (The Atlantic Magazine)Being pro-guilt is a provocative idea at a moment when parents and educators have come to almost fetishize empathy—when a child’s ability to put herself in another’s shoes seems like the apex of goodness. Photo by Jay

When Guilt is Good (The Atlantic Magazine)

Researchers generally regard so-called moral guilt, in the right amount, to be a good thing: A child who claims responsibility for knocking over a tower and tries to rebuild it is engaging in behavior that’s not only reparative but also prosocial.

Kate’s Still Here (Esquire.com, Winner of Hearst Magazines’ 2017 Editorial Excellence Awards)You can't escape death on a farm, where it is both a practical matter and an asset. Photo by Stanley Zimny

Kate’s Still Here (Esquire.com, Winner of Hearst Magazines’ 2017 Editorial Excellence Awards)

Deloy Oberlin didn’t know how much time his wife had left, but he knew he wanted to spend their final days together fulfilling her last wish.

Introducing the Urban Super-Raccoon — Nimble, Quick and Getting Smarter Every Day (Slate)Photo by Triker-Sticks

Introducing the Urban Super-Raccoon — Nimble, Quick and Getting Smarter Every Day (Slate)

The animals have adjusted remarkably well to living alongside human beings—perhaps because when they live with us, they seem to learn from us.