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Befriending Your Own Critical Mind

Recently, a friend was relaying a story about something he’d done that he regretted. He rattled on nervously, slipping into a dark vortex of self-condemnation about how disappointed in himself he was and how stupid he was. The thought occurred to me: If I were in the same situation, what would he tell me in order to lift me up, to make me feel better? How would he characterize that person and that mistake, if he were speaking about someone he truly loved? Such is the challenge of dealing with our own......

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The Funny Thing About Taking 'Charlie Hebdo' Seriously

It is a very serious time in France, especially for the Jewish community. And yet, at the center of the storm is a very unserious entity, the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Its editors may be best known for caricatures of Muhammed (venerated as a prophet by many throughout the world), but they made their living by ridiculing just about anything anyone took seriously, including themselves. The cartoonist known as Luz, who owes his survival to running late to an editorial meeting, has expressed how the assault that robbed him of his friends......

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Week in Wisdom - December 30, 2013

Most Searched News Story in 2013?? Was it the ongoing debate about the Affordable Care Act / Obamacare? Nope. That was #2. It wasn’t the Boston Marathon terrorist attack either, which came in at #3. And in case you thought we were busy searching for happier stories, and guessed it was the newest royal baby, you may be surprised to learn that story was in 4th place. According to Yahoo, the most searched for news story of 2013 was the Jodi Arias story. I guess that from the bible until today, we......

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Star Trek, Cathedrals and Us

“To boldly go where no man has gone before” is a phrase many of us know from the opening of Star Trek. The phrase actually originated in a 1958 White House booklet written to galvanize support for the space program in the wake of the Sputnik flight and captures one of the driving creative urges we human beings possess. We seek, quest, explore, and discover from the moment we are born. What we choose to pursue, how expansive our search, with whom we collaborate, how persistent we are to a great extent......

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The Wisdom Daily's Top Stories of the Week: 11/4/13 - 11/8/13

In case you missed them earlier in the week, here are the top three stories from The Wisdom Daily for the week ending November, 8, 2013.     Air Force Goes God Optional The United States Air Force has decided to make God an option; at least as far as the service or enlistment oath is concerned.? The oath is older that the United States itself, dating back to June of 1775, and has been administered in its current form since 1962… READ MORE   The Ethical Issues of Ebay Selling Holocaust......

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The Wisdom Daily's Top Stories of the Week 10/13/13 - 10/18/13

In case you missed them earlier in the week, here are the top three stories from The Wisdom Daily for the week ending October 18, 2013     1. New Traditions: Making Music a Family Affair There has long been the cultural stereotype that children reject their parent’s taste in music. I certainly did.? I eschewed my parent’s symphonic classical music and operas for The Grateful Dead, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Dylan, The Stones, The Who, The Doors, The Beatles.? Classic Rock, there wasn’t anything better.? Today, however, I’m not sure......

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The Wisdom Daily's Top Stories of the Week 9/23/13 - 9/27/13

In case you missed them earlier in the week, here are the top three stories from The Wisdom Daily for the week ending September 27, 2013.     1. 3D Character Printing: Building Better People “Imagine a gathering of over ?”400 innovators, troublemakers, entrepreneurs inventors and transformation artists” where for a couple of days, thirty-two story-tellers from around the world from every field share their wisdom. ?Well this is BIF#9, the BIF Summit in Providence, Rhode Island ? and I was as one of the storytellers. ?It was crazy, inspiring, creative, playful,......

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The Wisdom Daily's Top Stories of the Week 9/16/13 - 9/20/13

In case you missed them earlier in the week, here are the top three stories from The Wisdom Daily for the week ending September 20, 2013. 1. Syria Action: Moral Progress? “There seem to be two different forces at play in global politics that are at odds with each other that at the same time reflect some sort of moral progress. On the one hand there is the President and those who supported punishing Syria for using chemical weapons for whom international agreed-upon norms of war, established very recently, need to be......

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Washington Naval Yard Shooting

With multiple people dead, including at least one shooter, the scene at the Washington Naval Yard remains chaotic.? In terms of the most important questions, what we don’t know, far outstrips what we do.? How many victims in total?? How many attackers?? What prompted the attack?? Is it part of some larger plan of attacks?? We don’t know the answers to these questions but I bet that we all have immediate responses to the attack anyway, and that being aware of them is a pretty powerful diagnostic of the national sense of......

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