The Generation Conflict

If youth but knew, if old age could. Henri Estienne c. 1531 – 1598 A few years ago, there was a Curtis comic that spoke directly about generational conflicts. In case you aren’t familiar with the strip, it’s about a middle income black family. The strip is named for Curtis, the older of the two boys. This particular episode starts with Curtis talking to his dad. “To my generation, technology is second nature, while yours fumbles through it. Makes you kinda jealous, eh?” If you’ve ever tried to figure out how to program a DVR or take advantage of the …
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How powerful are your thoughts?

We have met the enemy and it is us. The comic strip Pogo Walt Kelly 1913 – 1973 How powerful are your thoughts? I’m not sure if you’ve ever contemplated that question, but I invite you to take a moment and think about just how your thoughts influence your life. Now let me share a story that demonstrates just how much power your thoughts can have. In January 2010, a 29 year old British construction worker had an accident: he jumped down from a scaffold and landed on a 15 cm nail. (For those of you not used to metric …
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Are you thinking or reacting?

We are very influenced by completely automatic things that we have no control over, and we don’t know we’re doing it. Daniel Kahneman 1934 – A week or two ago, I was thinking about a fad that went around when I was in high school. A classmate would be out of your field of vision – either to the side or behind you – and call your name. As you turned toward them, they would toss a book, ball, or some other small object toward you and yell “Think fast.” If you were quick and agile, you caught it. Otherwise, …
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