- There can be no single path to sustained learning or living; diversity and adaptation in both biological and social worlds are required for survival.
- The strength of a democracy is determined by the levels of participation and shared well-being of its constituents.
- Economic success without personal happiness is misery; personal happiness without economic well-being is a myth.
- Real freedom is comprised of equal proportions of liberty and responsibility.
- The greatest threat to freedom is a shortage of trust; as trust recedes, policing moves forward.
- Civilization requires both conservation and growth. Too much of either is the source of all moral and intellectual ill health.
- Leadership, in the classroom or the boardroom, requires equal proportions of support and challenge. Support without challenge breeds complacency and false competence. Challenge without support breeds intimidation and withdrawal.
- The offering of opinion serves an important purgative purpose; understanding, on the other hand, is a metabolic act that fuels human organizations.
- Ethical acts occur at the intersection of cool reason and warm compassion.
- Play that is not fun can be neither therapeutic nor constructive.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Epigrams & Bromides I
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