Tag Archives: Wisdom

Priorities, Priorities

Priorities, priorities. I am fine. I am sitting in my car in the carport across from my apartment building. The roof caught on fire for reasons that are yet to be determined. The fire department got here with four firetrucks, … Continue reading

Posted in Psychology | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Self-Esteem Versus Self-Respect

“Self-esteem” means feeling good about ourselves. And it’s nice to feel good about ourselves. It’s a cheap and easy pleasure. But it’s better if we have reasons to feel good about ourselves. That’s an important difference between self-esteem and self-respect. American President … Continue reading

Posted in Life, Psychology | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Beat the Social-Isolation Blues

Are you discouraged? Depressed? Fearful? Confused? Unmotivated? Then I’ve got a cure for you. It’s guaranteed. It costs nothing. And it will pay dividends for the rest of your life. You need to know three things. The first two are … Continue reading

Posted in Life, Science | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Ideas That Have Harmed Humanity

The British philosopher and Nobel laureate (for literature) Bertrand Russell once wrote an essay titled “Ideas That Have Harmed Mankind.” Of course, when he wrote the essay in 1931, nobody would have taken offense at the word “mankind.” But we … Continue reading

Posted in Epistemology, Human Relations, Philosophy, Psychology | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Hidden Cause of Our Disagreement

Note: This blog post explains one cause of society’s basic disagreements. It is not intended to denigrate anyone on either side of the argument. It’s obvious which side I favor, but I’ve done my best to be fair. There’s a … Continue reading

Posted in Human Relations, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Science | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Einstein Agrees with the Lone Ranger

Albert Einstein and the Lone Ranger agree: Get over yourself. Albert Einstein was one of the smartest people of the 20th century. His ideas revolutionized our understanding of space and time. They also contributed to the development of quantum mechanics. … Continue reading

Posted in Life, Philosophy | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Always Have A Purpose

What’s “the most dangerous poison of life” — the greatest source of unhappiness? You might think it’s hatred, and that would be a sensible choice. But according to American Founder Thomas Jefferson, it’s boredom. For an intelligent person, being alive … Continue reading

Posted in Life, Psychology | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Forgiveness Can Mean Freedom

When people have deceived or manipulated us, it’s difficult to forgive them. I’ve worked for some terrific bosses over the years. One of them is Jim Grey, whose luck with his own bosses hasn’t been quite as good as mine. … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Human Relations, Life, Psychology | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Wise Paths to Happiness

What’s the best way to find happiness in life? In some ways, that’s a silly question. There are many ways to be happy in life. Or unhappy. But despite individual differences, most people can find happiness in similar ways. A … Continue reading

Posted in Life, Philosophy, Psychology, Society | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Some Comforting Thoughts

Life can be troubling, especially during periods of heated social conflict. Politicians and the media are no help. Most now devote themselves to fomenting hatred and division. Schools are no help. Most now devote themselves to replacing knowledge with superstition. … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Jewish Philosophy, Judaism, Life, Psychology | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment