You are only as smart as your actions
To me a great measure of success is not how well I can control the environment I live in,
but how well I can adapt to the environment I am passing through.
Anyone who believes they are not biased, is doomed to a lifetime of ignorance and self deception.
If you want to predict your future, take a good look at your past.
Each and every person is a singularity
Each person is unique on this planet, and in the eyes of our higher power.
But when we celebrate our differences we stand alone.
When we celebrate our similarities we stand as a community.
If we view another person in light of our differences, then we will stand apart from that person.
If we view another person in light of our sameness, then we will stand together with that person.
So we should decide first how we want to relate to someone, before we decide how to view them.
Fear divides, compassion unites.
This moment is the total sum of every action I have ever taken in the past.
The greatest wisdom is to apply what others have learned.
Who among us can learn everything? Have we the time? The ability?
In almost everything we do or use throughout the day, we depend on the knowledge of others. Who has time to build the car before they drive to work? Who will invent electricity before work so they can have coffee. Our modern lives are totally dependent on the experience of others.
Yet where it matters most, we deny the experience of others. We insist we must burn our own hands to learn the stove is hot, and sometimes we must burn it many times before we learn. To be able to bring the experience of those before us into our personal lives can be our greatest wealth. Why will we spend thousands of dollars and thousands of hours to learn the theorems and paradigms of faceless others, while we scorn the experience of those around us because we believe we are different, we are special.
When last we flew, did we ponder what sort of man Bernoulli was? Whether he was qualified to decide that wings would lift? Why will we trust our lives to a mystic theory of fluid dynamics, yet in the same day deny the experience of those around us when it affects our personal lives, our feelings, our emotions, our morals, and our judgment.
When we refuse the wisdom of those before us, we remain as school children. Forever touching the stove to see if it is hot. It was when we can trust the emotional wisdom of others that we can grow as adults. Using this experience we can grow exponentially. We no longer have to hurt to learn.
It is a weak faith indeed that fears man for God.
When one fears that man can infringe on God’s domain, he must think his god weak indeed. If another faith can instill fear in a man, can that man’s faith be strong? It must be a weak god indeed, if a man must live fear of another man’s god. Through faith comes strength and courage. From strength and courage comes love and compassion. Will my faith today be strong enough to show my fellow man compassion?
If you wonder what is wrong with the world, you should first look in the mirror.
A great many men will strive to achieve much,
It is the wise man who will strive to achieve a little.