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Cruz, Hoops and Quiet Time: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (March 23-27), we discussed decision-making, downtime, religion in politics and grief. We also shared news from our co-founders: Irwin Kula’s panel at the U.N., and Brad Hirschfield’s Daily Wrap collaboration. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   The Role of Faith as the 2016 Campaign Frenzy Begins – Brad Hirschfield The?race for the presidency formally kicked off when U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) tweeted: “I’m running for president and I hope to earn your support!” Later at Liberty......

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Going Public with Your Political Beliefs

With hotly contested debates and elections in the news, I recommend this piece on The Wisdom Daily about the secret ballot, reminding us that in a political culture of bumper stickers and soundbites, stepping back (from the snap decisions often engendered by those things) might make us more than just smarter voters, but genuinely happier, healthier people as well. I want to add that this truth: Political identity, as with most any identity we claim for ourselves, is both private and public. We define ourselves not only based on internal ideas, but......

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Applying the Secret Ballot to More than Just How We Vote

With the country gearing up for mid-term elections, have you ever wondered why people put bumper stickers on their cars or signs in their front yards in support of their candidate, while at the same time enjoying the practice of casting their ballot in secret? Lately, I’ve been considering how applying the notion of the “secret ballot” to other moments of my day might help me to be the more peaceful person that I aim to become. When we wear our politics, unsolicited, on the outside, do we really think it’s going......

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How Polarization Paralyzes Us

According to the largest political survey in its history, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press recently found that “Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines – and partisan antipathy is deeper and more extensive – than at any point in the last two decades… producing rising animosity bordering on a sense of alarm” toward the opposite party. Moreover, polarization goes beyond politics and is reflected in the personal lives and lifestyles of those on both the right and left. According to the Pew survey, about a......

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The Olympic Spirit

I am no kill-joy! I love watching the Olympics. I root and feel pride for my tribe (USA! USA!) all dressed in their Ralph Lauren designed outfits. I get goose bumps (with appropriate 1960’s self-consciousness) when our national anthem is played at the gold medal ceremony of one of our winners. But there is a truth about the Olympics that challenges those of us who believe in a universalism that can both include the best and transcend the worst of our particular cultural contexts and tribal loyalties. If we are honest, the......

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