Tag: Trust


What Big Issues Will Light Up 2016?

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: As we say good-bye to this eventful year, it’s a worthwhile exercise to think about the stories and debates that will dominate our public discourse in 2016. In my opinion, I believe we’ll see more focus on two important issues that affect everyone: privacy and trust. Can we progress in how we all relate to one another? Think about it: What would it mean to make an effort, at least once a day, to regard the world with a little less suspicion? Watch my......

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Gratitude, Betrayal and Scully: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (Nov. 2-6), we?discussed the popularity of conspiracy theories, keeping memories alive with sincere expressions of gratitude, a rabbi’s alleged crime against a teenager, a disappointing equal-rights defeat in Texas and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Why It Matters If We Love Conspiracy Theories – Brad Hirschfield The X-Files will soon return to TV for a six-part “event,” and even if you’re like me (and have never seen a single episode of the hugely popular 1993-2002......

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Stolen Wisdom, Shattered Trust

I was raised by two teachers. My parents taught me to respect and trust authority; to question with appreciation and understanding for those before whom I stood. They also taught me to be wary and discerning of people who might hurt or take advantage of me. Sadly, recent news reports have revealed chilling stories of clergy allegedly using their positions of power to sexually abuse members of their flock. Even as my parents cautioned me about the danger that might lurk in any human being, they stressed that in order to progress......

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Recognizing When 'The Whole Truth' Won't Fulfill You

As generations of TV watchers know, the words “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?” pretty much define how we arrive at just decisions in state and local courts where that oath is used. But is it possible, even for the most honest and well-intentioned people, to actually live up to that promise? Perhaps even more importantly, does it lead to the best outcomes? Don’t get me wrong. I think truth is a really important ideal, and the well-known vow aims at inspiring people......

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Trust, Tears and Creativity: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (July 20-24), we discussed how trust is really a two-way street, how walking offers a shortcut to creativity, how compassionate gestures can retain credibility and how gun violence keeps locking our country into paralysis instead of a commitment to problem-solve. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Don’t You Trust Me? – Brad Hirschfield How many times have I – or my wife, or most any parent I know – heard the words, “Don’t you trust me?” from......

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Don't You Trust Me?

How many times have I – or my wife, or most any parent I know – heard the words, “Don’t you trust me?” from a child who’s frustrated by our unwillingness to acquiesce to an unwise idea? Well, it turns out that American politicians tend to ask us the same question. The difference is, with our children, the answer is that we probably do trust them, just not the idea they propose. With our politicians, is that the case? Isn’t it true that we just don’t trust most of them all that......

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How an Erosion of Trust in the NYC Subway Spells Trouble for Society

Here is a story that is emblematic of so much of what is wrong in our republic. As with many cities’ transit systems, you can buy a card – in New York City it’s called a MetroCard – and add value to it so that you do not need to buy a single ride each time you travel. Inevitably, at some point you swipe your card and the dreaded words “Insufficient Fare” appear. But here is the thing, somebody has actually figured out how to insure that what is left on your......

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What Curling Can Teach You

Believe it or not, there are significant life lessons to be learned from the rather obscure sport of curling – powerful lessons which transcend not only that winter sport, but sports in general, and speak to our everyday pursuit of success. Among the keys to success (and there is no single recipe, especially as there are many definitions), strong relationships built on trust and shared purpose are often central. Did you know that, even at the highest levels of competition, there are no referees in curling? The players police themselves.? Success in......

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