Tag: Values


Why We Live Where We Live

It’s hard to keep track of friends and relatives when they move around so much. My address book (when I still used one made of paper) was full of crossed-out addresses and phone numbers and email contacts. Now it’s the same problem on the electronic version: three phone numbers for one person, all tagged “home.” I don’t know which is the old and which has replaced it, or even if any of them is current. For me the underlying question, however, isn’t “Where are they now?”, but “Why aren’t they where they......

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When We Self-Sacrifice, What Really Motivates Us?

Last week, I had to write a rather large check to the United States Treasury, and since my wife and I would really like to redo our house in the next few years, giving up all that money was very painful. But I doubt that I’m alone in that feeling. Every American taxpayer has just determined exactly how much of their hard-earned income has gone to the U.S. government, and whatever amount it was, we probably felt like that number was way too high. Having just gone through tax time, many of......

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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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What Our Kids Learn From Us

What is great education all about? I don’t simply mean how do we get kids to achieve better grades. I mean, how do we get our children, or anyone else we’d like to have a positive influence on for that matter, to seriously engage in what we deem to be important? How do we effectively transmit our values, our traditions, our sense of what life is all about – you know, the stuff about which we care most – to our children? In fact, even if you don’t have kids or grandkids,......

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