Oxygen masks

The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness. Arthur Schopenhauer 1788 – 1860 I’m sure most of us have been on a plane and heard the pre-flight warning about oxygen masks–you know, the one where they tell you to put your own mask on before assisting others. And we all understand the reasoning behind the instruction. You need to ensure your own health and safety first, because if you pass out from lack of oxygen, you won’t be in any condition to help others; your own life will be at risk. And depending on the …
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Are you bowling alone?

Too much self-centered attitude, you see, brings isolation. Result: loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centered attitude is the source of suffering. Dalai Lama 1935 – In 1995, Robert Putnam, a Harvard Professor of Public Policy, wrote an article that he later expanded into the book Bowling Alone. One of the more interesting observations he made was that there was an increase in bowling as a recreational activity but a decrease in bowling leagues: so people were bowling more, just not in leagues. Despite the book’s title, people weren’t actually bowling alone, but they were limiting themselves by selecting teammates and …
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Seeing only validation

Editor’s Note: While this lesson was originally published in December 2008, we feel it is still both relevant and appropriate today. People only see what they are prepared to see. Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1852 The recent presidential election in the United States was the most sharply divided on ideology that I can remember. It was relatively easy to find supporters and opponents who witnessed the same message from a candidate, yet came to totally different conclusions about the meaning and future impact of the message. Both saw only validation of the beliefs they had already formed. Now, this behavior …
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