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Does it make you think?

The Myth: “If I disagree with an idea, it’s not worth contemplating. If I can find the flaws in an idea, then it’s a waste of time to analyze it.”

Not so fast!

Does it make you think?

Does it force you to achieve greater clarity about your own views?

Does it challenge you to deepen your understanding of other people’s logic?

If so, then it’s not a waste of time at all.

There’s more to the value of an idea than what can be determined simply by evaluating its truth or falsity.

The process of wrestling with provocative concepts, even if we don’t agree with them, helps us open what Maxine Greene calls “new vistas of possibility” in our minds.

If it makes you think, it’s worth something. If it stretches your imagination, it’s worth something. If it helps you relate to different people, it’s worth something. If it compels you on a journey to enrich your knowledge of self, it’s worth something.

An idea doesn’t have to be flawless in order to contribute value to our pursuit of truth.

Doubt As a Friend of Truth

Whenever we move from belief to doubt by recognizing the flaws in what we previously considered to be good evidence, we take a step closer towards wisdom.

The pursuit of truth isn’t just a matter of learning exciting new facts about the world; it’s also a matter of unlearning the fallacies and unquestioned assumptions that underlie our claims to knowledge.

If we truly wish to know the unknown, we must be prepared to unknow the known.

 

We Are Among Them

In our efforts to defend the weak, let us not forget that we are among them. For we too are in need of protection.

In our efforts to affirm the neglected and overlooked, let us not forget that we are among them. For we too are in need of compassion and sympathy.

In our efforts to heal the world and make the planet a better place, let us not forget that we are among Earth’s children. For we too are in need of healing and help.

Whatever good we seek to do for others, let us not forget to do the same manner of good for ourselves.

We are not greater than those we love. We are among them. And we too are in need of love.

 

The Richest Forms of Wealth

moneyThe possessions we acquire and control say far less about our legacy than the people we inspire and console.

The richest forms of wealth are not measured by the number of preexisting assets we gain or give away, but by the amount of previously non-existing resources we introduce to the world through the cultivation of virtue and the creation of value.

We know our worth by how differently the lives of others look after we’ve dared to make our present felt.

Our greatest treasures are not what we inherit, but what we invent; not what we collect, but what we create; not what we buy, but what we become.

 

Money & Morality

There is no correlation between integrity and income.

One neither becomes a saint nor a sinner by the sheer act of acquiring or declining money.

Being poor is not morally superior to being rich. Neither is being rich more likely to produce a life of charity than being poor.

Charlatans and humanitarians exists in every economic bracket.

Becoming a better person has nothing to do with making a larger or smaller salary. It has everything to do with investing the time and energy we have towards the development of our minds and the well-being of our world.

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