Category Philosophy

The Gifts of Humility

Unsurprisingly, major religions, from Buddhism to Christianity to Islam, place emphasis on humility. And so do countless codes of secular ethics. Indeed, any civilization worth its salt seeks to rein in our propensity for hubris and excessive self-assertion. (Just think…

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It’s All About Proportion

In 1791, in a letter to a Member of the National Assembly, the British philosopher and statesman Edmund Burke wrote: Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites,…

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Quote: Leo Tolstoy and the Challenge of Learning

“The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded…

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Bad Thinkers

Is the way people think, to use the computer metaphor, always amenable through a software update? Or, are there people whose hardware just can’t be updated? I suspect we all know of people (hopefully not too many) who believe in…

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