Tag: Gun Violence


Holiday Light, College Kids and Generosity: Our Week in Wisdom

On the Wisdom Daily this week (Nov. 30-Dec. 4), we discussed generalizing too negatively about young adults, prioritizing your own needs during stressful times, prescribing sexual standards for other people, participating in the ‘Giving Tuesday’ trend, shaming elected leaders about gun violence in America… and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Today’s College Students: Self-Absorbed and Narcissistic? – Brad Hirschfield Are today’s college students really as “self-absorbed” and “narcissistic” as increasing numbers of people claim? Since broad generalizations, especially negative ones, are......

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After San Bernardino, Is Prayer the Wrong Response?

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Outrage fueled a big “God Isn’t Fixing This” headline on the New York Daily News‘ front page, after 14 innocent people were killed this week at a San Bernardino, Calif., holiday party (our country’s most deadly mass shooting since Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012). Is it foolish to shame American lawmakers who publicize their “thoughts and prayers” after mass shootings, but take little or no action? I believe it is: “We need to be coming together at this moment, to comfort each other......

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Wigs, Firearms and History: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (Oct. 12-16), we wrote about the gun violence debate and our collective responsibility, the Columbus Day detractors and which historical events are worth celebrating, the freedom people find when they let go of old beauty standards, an inspiring book about the art of well-being… and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Breaking America’s Addiction to Guns – Irwin Kula One shoe bomb attempt and we all have to take off our shoes at the airport… A......

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Breaking America's Addiction to Guns

One shoe bomb attempt and we all have to take off our shoes at the airport… A failed liquid-bomb attempt results in restrictions on bringing 4 oz. of opened shampoo onto planes… A child drowns in a pool and legislation passes requiring pools be fenced in… But an average of 300 shootings every day in America, plus, just in the years since Newtown nearly 150 school shootings and nearly 1,000 mass shootings (four or more people shot in one attack) – not to mention more than 20,000 gun-inflicted suicides, more than 11,000......

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Guns, Generosity and More: Must-Read Links

Every week on The Wisdom Daily, we bring you our favorite reads from sources around the web. Topics on this week’s list include?the film He Named Me Malala, the language we use to describe our purpose in life, the surprising benefits of talking about polarizing issues, the generosity of spirit that creates non-competitive friendships… and more. Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.   1. Girl Uninterrupted “Malala has every right to be bitter. A bullet went through her face and severed the nerve, and......

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Yearning, Imagining and Aging: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (Oct 5 – 9), we explored the hypothetical scenario of choosing one special person to spend a day with, the hopeful Craigslist post filled with gratitude and yearning, the momentum we can tap into when we realize our days on Earth are limited, the new law causing controversy in California and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Who Would You Wish to Spend One Last Day With? – Brad Hirschfield If there were any person in......

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Who Would You Wish to Spend One Last Day With?

If there were any person in your life, living or dead, with whom you could spend one last day, who would it be? And how would you spend that day? No, I’m not stealing this question from college applications. I’m feeling the pain of the mass murder at Umpqua Community College in Oregon and the killings of Eitam and Na’ama Henkin in Israel. The deep desire to hold close those I love is definitely part of my response. The preciousness of those we love shouldn’t be a function of their absence, or......

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Science, Roadblocks and MTV: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (Aug. 31-Sept. 4), we discussed the walls people put up to feel safe, the myth that failures are negative setbacks, the challenge of finding gun violence solutions, the pop culture spectacle distracting a generation, a religious freedom controversy… and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   The Gift of Recognizing What’s In Your Way?- Rachel Barenblat As an MFA student at Bennington many years ago, I had a poetry mentor named Jason Shinder who used to say,......

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Is 'Beginner's Mind' Helpful in Reducing Gun Violence?

The brazen shooting near Roanoke, Va., that killed local TV reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, during an early morning on-air interview with Vicki Gardner (who was critically wounded) immediately evoked all the conventional tropes in our national discourse. There was widespread hand-wringing about easy access to firearms and the need for tougher gun regulations. We heard the calls for more mental health care and our NRA “wisdom” reminder: guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Aren’t we tired of this endless loop? Here’s an experiment. Let’s bring “beginners’......

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Creativity, Decisions and More: Must-Read Links

Each week, we come across writing full of wise insights from around the web and share it with The Wisdom Daily community. Today our favorite picks cover: singer Shirley Manson’s role as a rock icon, the powerful perspective of a gun violence journalist, the ethos of human connection in George Eliot’s writing, children innovating with new technology, soothing coloring books designed for adults and more. Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.   1. Results Oriented “When you’re young you don’t think so much about......

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