Snide and Prejudiced.

Probably the best story ever written about the danger of prejudice is The Sneetches, by Dr. Seuss.  In this story the star belly Sneetches look down on the plain belly Sneetches and the message is clear – if you have … Continue reading

The Shadow of the Future

Even computers know that the best strategy for winning is to cooperate.  (1) Birds, animals, cells in our body – all know to work together. And yet human beings – the owners of much lauded brain power – seem to … Continue reading

Patience

Being patient is an active state.  It isn’t resignation or admission of defeat.  It isn’t giving up on the things you hope to change. It is a condition of sure and certain knowledge that the only inevitability in life is … Continue reading

Search For Truth

In Plato‘s Republic, he asks us to imagine a Cave in which prisoners live from birth. These prisoners are chained in such a way that they can’t move their heads or bodies, therefore they all face the same direction. Behind … Continue reading

Search For Truth

In Plato‘s Republic, he asks us to imagine a Cave in which prisoners live from birth. These prisoners are chained in such a way that they can’t move their heads or bodies, therefore they all face the same direction. Behind … Continue reading

Courage

Courage is not the opposite of fear – it is the defiance of fear. Looking fear in the eye, we gird up our loins and act anyway. However, to be courageous doesn’t mean to be reckless. Recklessness is thoughtless. Courage is … Continue reading

Perseverance

Perseverance requires us to change our way of looking at failure.  It requires that we adopt a scientific attitude and consider lack of success nothing more than confirmation that we need to look elsewhere and change tack – not that … Continue reading

Reflection

All animals – including humans – can use their brains to think and their thoughts can then be transformed into actions.  However, only human beings appear to have the capacity to reflect on their actions. Conscience, free will, self-mastery, imagination … Continue reading

Courtesy

Now here’s a misunderstood virtue.   Courtesy. It has come to be synonymous with pointless protocol or manipulative patter designed to delude.  It isn’t any of these things. Courtesy is simply showing respect for others – even small children and … Continue reading

Kindness

In any environment the atmosphere will moderate the growth.  Kindness allows all the conditions essential for human growth and development to exist. Kindness is often misrepresented as a fuzzy, soppy state, devoid of rationality and reserved for children and animals … Continue reading