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“Supreme Indeed is the Middle Path”

November 27, 2022

Twenty-five hundred years ago the Chinese philosopher Confucius stated “Supreme indeed is the middle path.”  Moderation along with wisdom, justice and courage was one of the four core virtues of ancient pagan Greece and Rome.  The benefits of moderation were also highlighted in the Christian Bible and Jewish Torah.  In fact almost every successful religious…

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Unity and Diversity

July 8, 2022

Diversity of thought, experience, interests and expertise are critical for successful group decision-making and the long term success of organizations, communities and societies.  As the world becomes ever more integrated through technology, commerce, travel and immigration, every nation will also have to adapt to increasing ethnic, religious and cultural diversity.  New immigrants can bring needed…

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The Dignity of Work

October 9, 2021

“All creatures exist for a purpose.  Even an ant knows what that purpose is.  Only human beings have come to a point where they no longer know why they exist.”   These wise words were spoken decades ago by John Fire Lame Deer, a Lakota holy man and philosopher, but they are even more true today. …

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We All Need Heroes

May 31, 2021

Stone Age humans doubtless spent nights around their camp fires telling heroic tales about ancestors who triumphed over adversity through ingenuity, bravery and grit.  Once writing was invented the oldest surviving stories also chronicle the adventures of great heroes like Gilgamesh of Sumeria (4000 years ago in modern day Iraq), Odysseus of ancient Greece (2700…

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“Rights Spring Only From Duties Well Done”

March 17, 2021

The Indian civil rights leader Mahatma Gandhi famously said “Rights spring only from duties well done.”  Even as he led the struggle for Indian independence and equality for untouchables, Gandhi was careful to speak of rights in the context of their corresponding responsibilities. In the United States we may all have the right to “life,…

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Tech Companies Have Amassed Too Much Power – Teddy Roosevelt Would Be Ready For A Fight

January 3, 2021

The high tech economy has led to rapid innovation and generated vast riches, but it has also concentrated wealth and power in the hands of a few corporations.  Today just five technology companies (Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Facebook) account for twenty percent of all United States stock market value.  These companies also control roughly…

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President Trump Is Leaving Office – Thank George Washington

December 18, 2020

President Trump will soon be leaving office; hopefully in a peaceful transfer of power to president-elect Biden.  Although we may take this for granted, many people forget how special and fragile an event this is.  Before World War I there were only a handful of  true democracies on earth, and as recently as the 1970s…

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Modern Research Shows The Importance Of Friendship In Our Lives – Aristotle Would Not Be Surprised

November 25, 2020

In our attempts to slow the spread of coronavirus we have inadvertently created a parallel pandemic of social isolation, loneliness and depression.  In these trying times it is more important than ever to reach out to our friends and to remember the healing powers of friendship.  Modern research has repeatedly shown that deep friendships can…

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