Tag: Wisdom

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Proverbs 4 – A Father’s Instruction As usual, I was derailed by a bright-shiny-object idea that had no realistic chance of happening. But I’m not giving up because, well, I have too much pride to back away. And I think there’s a great deal to be gained from a study of Proverbs (to help me […]

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This is Day 3 of our journey through the book of Proverbs.  We are tackling one chapter a day until we’ve read and meditated upon all thirty-one. It is not too late to join this effort. Spend some time reading and meditating on each chapter, and then share whatever insights, epiphanies, stories, or questions you […]

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Chapter 2: The Pursuit of Wisdom Brings Security We are on Day 2 of our journey through the book of Proverbs.  Yesterday, we began a stroll through the Proverbs, tackling one chapter a day until we’ve read and meditated upon all thirty-one. Why? Because if we as elders are not in pursuit of wisdom, we […]

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As suggested by a fellow Ricochet-er who shall remain anonymous (@joelb), today we begin a month of Proverbs, tackling one chapter a day until we’ve read and meditated upon all thirty-one. Why? Because if we as elders are not in pursuit of wisdom, we can’t very well expect anyone coming after us to follow our […]

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I need help. Especially now because I recently joined the allegedly new and improved Twitter just to follow Elon Musk (because I think he’s a hoot) and then ended up following another account of Elon quotes and stumbled upon this tweet: “If you like what you’re doing, you think about it even when you’re not […]

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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