Infinite Plasticity

“Only here, in America, were the common folk of the Old World given a chance to show what they could do on their own, without a master to push and order them about. History contrived an earth-shaking joke when it lifted by the nape of the neck lowly peasants, shopkeepers, laborers, paupers, jailbirds, and drunks from the […]

The Hard Way is the Easy Way

“As a general rule, in prosperous societies we have been outsourcing more and more of the work that, a generation ago, was done “internally” in the home. It sounds almost quaint by comparison to life now, but in the modest neighborhood in which I grew up, there was a lot of work going on in […]

The Importance of Metacognition

Our life is full of ill-formed problems. These are problems that have no easy answer. These are problems that require judgement and the ability to discern between right and wrong, good and evil. Unlike so much of what is taught in school, education for life is really about education for judgement; the ability to discern. […]

True Love

On May 28th, 2016, Alain de Botton wrote what would become the most-read article in The New York Times in all of 2016. It was titled, Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person. I liked this part: The good news is that it doesn’t matter if we find we have married the wrong person. We mustn’t abandon […]

Give

This is probably incomplete, but I really like the feeling behind it. The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The work of life is to develop it. The meaning of life is to give your gift away. – David Viscott It reminds me of this primary song I learned as a boy: “Give,” […]