Philosophy With Courtesy

It’s difficult to have a positive influence on people if we base our discussions with them on the premise that they’re just a bunch of lowly simpletons who need to be saved by our enlightened wisdom. If we want others to take our ideas seriously, we have to start by taking their sincerity seriously. As… Continue reading Philosophy With Courtesy

Those Who Wish To Teach, Must First Learn to Respect

There’s an inverse relationship between the size of a teacher’s ideas and the size of a teacher’s need to make their students feel small. A lover of knowledge understands that education does not require humiliation; that a learner’s intelligence doesn’t need to be insulted as preparation for it being informed. The broader one’s understanding of… Continue reading Those Who Wish To Teach, Must First Learn to Respect

It’s difficult to be influential and insulting at the same time

“An offended party is harder to win than a strong city, And contentions are like the bars of a castle.” -Proverbs 18:19 The wrong attitude: I think your rule is stupid. In addition to it being unreasonable, it causes me all sorts of inconveniences that could easily be avoided if you just decided to stop being so… Continue reading It’s difficult to be influential and insulting at the same time

Teach with compassion

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” -William Arthur Ward People will let you teach them as long as you don’t make them feel like idiots for having to learn in the first place. When you address people as if they’re your equals rather than treating… Continue reading Teach with compassion

“No” can be a very kind word to say

Saying “yes” is not synonymous with love. Sometimes we use the word “yes” as a tool to end conversations, calm people’s anxieties, give them hope, prove we care, avoid causing hurt feelings, or to sum it all up in a simple phrase, “be nice.” When we say “yes” for any other reason besides truly wanting… Continue reading “No” can be a very kind word to say