Tag: Wisdom

Zuckerberg Said Older People Aren’t as Sharp. How Wrong Was He?


In the words of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, “Young people are just smarter.”Although in certain ways, this might ring true, in others it most certainly doesn’t.

So if you are a small company that is now attempting to enter the 21st Century of the Cloud, of better spreadsheets and better website data analysis, hiring someone who cut their teeth on Edlin might not be the way to go. (Especially if that individual has never moved on from the once-ubiquitous early programming tool.)

When Foolishness Is What We Need Most


As snow in summer and rain in harvest, So honor is not fitting for a fool. (Proverbs 26:1)

Amongst the Bible’s motifs is the idea of foolishness and wisdom–the fool versus the wise man, men’s foolishness and God’s wisdom.  This theme plays out in Old Testament narratives but is also examined in the poetry of books like Psalms and Proverbs. Foolishness, it seems, is a dangerous myopia that refuses to acknowledge a standard or principle beyond itself.  A foolish man is impulsive, stubborn, arrogant, looking inside himself for answers, blind to a higher power or the consequences of his actions.

One Doctor’s Personal Choice about Masking


This morning on my walk, two seniors passed me—fully masked. It annoys the heck out of me, even though it’s none of my business. But I can’t help cogitating about people who cheerfully (I could tell they smiled as they walked by) live in fear.

Yet a visit to my oncologist yesterday slightly shifted my attitude towards masks. (I was there for a six-month check-up.)

As I sat in the exam room, the doctor walked in. He’s originally from Pakistan, very bright, cordial, and competent, and I always appreciate the time I spend with him.

I’ve Been Had—and I’m Mad!


My friends here on Ricochet tried to warn me. They coaxed, cajoled, and reprimanded my decision to rely on the media. And I mostly argued with them. Today The Federalist published an article by Mollie Hemingway, a woman I admire and hold in the greatest esteem when it comes to journalism. And she proceeded to tell me that I’d been had—and my friends were right: a fight between Gov. Ron DeSantis and President Donald Trump is a hoax.

How did I get taken in so easily? For one, I’ve often said that I admire much of the work that Donald Trump accomplished, but I just didn’t like him. I insisted that his demeanor and tweets were unacceptable and were unhelpful. (I still believe that to be true.) But the mainstream media baited me with distortions and lies, knowing that I and others like me look for reasons to discount Donald Trump—and they were successful.

So what have I learned from this episode? For one, I will need to question any writing by the MSM. I hate having to do that. I knew they were out for Trump, hated him, would criticize him, and simply make up lies. But how far could they possibly go?

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Short and sweet. I am a big believer in proverbial wisdom; crisp, condensed sayings that capture attention with straightforward instruction. Here are 10 (I think I’m up to 169) heard in my classrooms over four decades of teaching. I would never expect universal agreement; but I hope each gives you pause. They still do for […]

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Quote of the Day: Problems


 “A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.” – Albert Einstein

I remembered this quote as a result of the current supply chain problem we are experiencing.  We have a problem: we cannot get containers unloaded from ships fast enough, so goods are piling up – in ships, on wharves, in assembly yards. No doubt the problem will get solved, eventually, by clever people. Yet there is the issue of why the problem arose in the first place. Enough container ships awaiting unloading to spell out “Let’s Go Brandon” did not appear off the California coast overnight. The overflow has been building for months. It simply became bad enough to become noticeable this month.

When We Allow Life to Change Us


No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.  —Heraclitus

Anyone who thinks that life is too routine and that hardly anything changes has gotten himself into a rut. We can allow ourselves to be numbed by our daily routines, bored with the predictability of our days, and dwell on the many things we don’t have or we’d like to have.

Instead, though, we can notice the richness of each day as we move through it. For me, there are a great many things that pique my attention or give me joy. When I get up early in the morning, I will notice the stillness that rests in the house; somehow that day’s silence has its own soothing quality. Or on my walk, I’ll notice a new blossom on my lemon tree; a walker who has an English mastiff who’s decided to stop and greet me; or an armadillo that scampers blindly to find his breakfast.

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Tucker Carlson gave this powerful speech at Turning Point USA 2020 “Student Action Summit” this month. How do you get through to the youth who are getting so much mis-information through social media, through the educational system and so forth? A statue of Lincoln was pulled down in Boston this month. This is now not […]

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I, Wisdom, live with Prudence; I attain knowledge and foresight. To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride, arrogance, the evil way, and duplicity of speech. Mine are counsel and resourcefulness; I am understanding; courage is mine. –Proverbs Learning can be a great joy. Exploring new topics, learning about cultures and countries, studying […]

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QoTD: Tragedy of Modern Man


The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less. –Vaclav Havel

We are born with a blank slate of experience, just ready to be filled with wisdom and knowledge. As we grow, we might assume that the world is made up of external experiences; people who think that way are formed by what they see and the things they do. Life can be dull or filled with accomplishments, and they identify themselves with the material world.

But some of us are passionate about learning about ourselves and those people in our lives. We try to “make meaning” of the world, our community, our relationships and our faith. It is that melding of reflections on life that makes our lives colorful and rewarding.

Quote of the Day: The Wisdom of Silence


Tell me, though: does the quietude that comes of circumspection also fall within the new axiomatic verities concerning silence? “A fool uttereth all his mind,” said Solomon, “but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.” Is even the wise man violent now?

Jason Peters, “Flaunting a Presumptuous Innocence” , Law & Liberty

Chloé Valdary (The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic) returns to discuss her new course Theory of Enchantment an innovative social-emotional, learning course that teaches character development, resilience and love. Her background in international diplomacy and conflict resolution led her to want to create a framework that teaches people how to love each other. The aspirational course blends pop culture and ancient wisdom to teach social and emotional learning and Chloé felt it was necessary as an antidote to the deconstructive ideology that’s permeating our culture right now. She and Bridget discuss why having no reverence for the past leaves us with no way to measure our progress, why we should see suffering as a gift, how people stereotyping others means they also stereotype themselves, and why the world is ending when people no longer dance with each other.

Full transcript available here: WiW87-ChloeValdary-Transcript

Gov. Ron DeSantis Tackles COVID-19 Head-On


This morning I had my hair cut—legally—and I’m in a great mood, especially as I look at the state of Florida and the way it’s getting through this pandemic. The governor of Florida has been masterful at walking the tightrope between practicing courage and caution. Compared to many other states where draconian measures are being enacted based on fear and politics, Gov. DeSantis has shown a powerful way to deal with this pandemic; other governors should take note. No arrests on beaches, no citations for walking your dog—and Gov. DeSantis must be highly commended for the steps he’s taken so far.

Yet the resistance has been strong from the Democrats:

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman


Clever title, isn’t it? Of course, I’m not a doctor nor a medicine woman, and over the last few weeks I’ve learned how inept I am at diagnosing just about anything.

Some of you might have read my post about going to the emergency room on April 12. It was a very unpleasant experience. And generated unacknowledged fear on my part, given the further tests I would need to endure. So this is what the last couple of weeks have revealed.

Round #1

Quote of the Day: Rage and Realization


“There is a story of a great Samurai who comes to visit the Zen master, Hakuin. The Samurai approaches the Zen master and bows dutifully, asking, ‘Sir, I wish to understand the difference between heaven and hell.’ The Zen master looks at the Samurai and, eyeing him from head to toe, says, ‘I would tell you but I doubt that you have the keenness of wit to understand.’ The Samurai pulls back in astonishment. ‘Do you know who you are speaking to?’ he huffs. ‘Not much,” says the Zen master, “I really think you are probably too dull to understand.’ ‘What?’ says the Samurai. ‘How can you talk to me like this?’ ‘Oh, don’t be silly,’ says the Zen master. ‘Who do you think you are? And that thing hanging by your waist. You call that a sword? It’s more like a butter knife.’ The Samurai, becoming enraged draws his sword and raises it over his head to strike the Zen master. ‘Ah,’ says the Zen master. ‘That is hell.’ The Samurai’s eyes shine with recognition as he bows and sheathes his sword. ‘And that,’ says the Zen master, ‘is heaven.’” — Stephen Levine, Who Dies?

Stress is running through America like a restless stream, breaching its boundaries. Unless you live in a cave, you’re not immune. And the stress craves a voice, a way to make itself known. It shows up when we voice our impatience at our spouse, or yell at a child for a minor issue, or rant at a co-worker. Many of our actions may be bloodless, but they are leaving tiny wounds in those we care about. Those of us who normally have long fuses are erupting, surprising ourselves and those around us.

But then we suddenly wake up. We notice a person’s hurt look, experience an unusual push-back, or even a person’s tears. And we realize that our stress, frustration, or fear has decided to strike out. If we own our own behavior, we apologize. But more than apologize, we can vow to be more aware, to take responsibility for the difficulties all around us, to empathize with those who are concerned just as we are. We can vow to be engaged.

Why Progressives Will Always Fail


As I was working on another post, I had the realization that the Progressives will never be successful in transforming our country into a Leftist state. Their goals are to create a perfect country run by perfect people to create a perfect future. What they never seem to understand is how deeply flawed their aspirations—and they—are.

First, they are the most naïve people among us. No matter how intelligent they are, they have no wisdom. No matter how educated they are, they don’t understand human nature. Regardless of their passion for changing the country and everyone else, they are the ones who are incapable of learning deeply and understanding (as James Madison did) the vulnerabilities and weaknesses of human beings.

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So, climate activist Greta Thunberg, ahead of the Davos forum, is demanding that the people who meet there “immediately halt all investments in fossil fuel exploration and extraction, immediately end all fossil fuel subsidies and immediately and completely divest from fossil fuels,” and do so “now” as in “right now.”  As one factor in considering how […]

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    “C’mon Peggy, those dishes aren’t going to wash themselves. If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.  Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.”  She didn’t care a fig about child labor laws.  I was eight when my mother bought a used piano and started calling our den the music room.  Houdini had nothing […]

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