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 her smile doesn’t quite work, she’s lost hearing in her ear. And they live in exile, they love their motherland and they can’t go back. But she lives without bitterness. It’s amazing and it doesn’t make any sense.”

– David Guggenheim, on his new documentary about Malala Yousafzai (Toronto Sun)


2. Made in America

“The master metaphor of our era does not come from agriculture – it comes from manufacturing. We do not believe that we ‘grow’ our lives – we believe that we ‘make’ them. Just listen to how we use the word in everyday speech: we make time, make friends, make meaning, make money, make a living, make love.”

– Parker J. Palmer, “From Language to Life” (On Being)


3. Aiming for Common Ground

“We talk honestly and openly [about guns]. There are hunters and pacifists in the room, there are students who grew up on Fox and those who grew up on NPR, students who never watch the news. At first they disagree, but slowly, as they talk, I see polarization begin to disappear.”

– Tasha Graff, “Bullets in the Classroom” (Medium)


4. What Are Friends For?

“The good news is when I keep my eyes on my work, my cup runneth over. Generosity for others pours out. I delight in their successes. Such camaraderie has not come naturally. I’ve learned it. I marvel at friends and colleagues who seem to have been born with exceedingly generous hearts. Their example is a beacon to me when smallness could sow its ugly seeds.”

– Andrea Jarrell, “Climbing Off the Ladder: Community vs. Competition” (Literary Mama)


5. In Search Of…

“If you think you already know everything about the world, you are not a good scientist, and if you think you know all there is to know about God, then your religious faith is at fault.”

– Dr. Guy Consolmagno, “Talking with the Pope’s New Chief Astronomer” (Science)

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