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  • “Wisdom is knowledge gained through suffering” (Elaine Heath)

    I’ve been reading Elaine Heath and Larry Duggins’ book Missional. Monastic. Mainline. for a New Orleans clergy discussion group we’ve pulled together this May. Today I came across a quote that I wanted to ponder. Heath writes, “There are many definitions of wisdom but one of the best understandings I...
     Posted by: brendah
  • Hire someone who's done one 'deeply unfashionable thing'

    April 3, 2014 David Brooks, New York Times You may not realize it, but you have a powerful impact on the culture and the moral ecology of our era. If your human resources bosses decide they want to hire a certain sort of person, then young people begin turning themselves into that sort of person. Therefore...
     Posted by: brendah
  • Suffering Can Shape Our Being

    April 8, 2014 David Brooks, The New York Times During the past few weeks, I've found myself in a bunch of conversations in which the unspoken assumption was that the main goal of life is to maximize happiness. That's normal. When people plan for the future, they often talk about all the good...
     Posted by: brendah
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PUBLICATIONS
  • Learning from Adversity: Suffering and Wisdom (2019)

    Abstract: It is commonplace, in philosophy and in everyday life, to think that suffering, understood as a kind of negative affective experience, is bad. Nevertheless, the case can be made that suffering, in certain instances and circumstances, has considerable value. Indeed, it seems plausible that we...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Suffering and the Intelligence of Love in The Teaching Life: In Light and In Darkness (2019)

    This book shares insights drawn from the diverse voices of public school teachers, community outreach education workers, professors, writers, poets, artists, and musicians on suffering in school and the classroom. Teachers speak about their own encounters with and perceptions from suffering using critical...
    (My publication) Posted by: sdsteel
  • "Chapter 11: A Teacher's Night Song" (2019)

    In this chapter, Steel explores the “Night Song” from Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spake Zarathustra for the insights it offers readers concerning the spiritual yearnings that constitute the contemplative foundations of the teaching life. Particular attention is given to Nietzsche’s purposeful inversions...
    (My publication) Posted by: sdsteel
  • "Introduction -- In Light and In Darkness" (2019)

    In this chapter, the editors provide an overview to readers about the general scope and intent of this compilation. They explain the meaning behind its title, as well as why investigations of “suffering in teaching” are remarkably rare and often discouraged in the field of teaching. Editors Steel and...
    (My publication) Posted by: sdsteel
  • PEACE AND PROSPERITY (2018)

    PEACE AND PROSPERITY The definition of Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and getting the same result, but expecting a Different One. Albert Einstein Watching the Armistice Day ceremonies this year I was reminded of the famous H.G. Wells comment about World War I being ‘the war to end all...
    (My publication) Posted by: Rodger R Ricketts, Psy.D.
  • Transcending the Dualism Trap... (2018)

    When one believes the dualism of the Subject/Object as the only Reality, one must constantly create positive object experiences (mental and physical) to amuse or delight the subject. If they can't, the Subject becomes unhappy or miserable and even 'neutral is 'boring' and unpleasant....
    (My publication) Posted by: Rodger R Ricketts, Psy.D.
  • Self-Compassion: A Concept Analysis (2012)

    Abstract: This concept analysis uses a modification of the evolutionary method (Rodgers, 1989) to identify the antecedent, attributes, and consequences of self-compassion. The antecedent to self-compassion is suffering, experienced in six possible realms: an event, a situation, an emotional response...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: brendah
  • In Defence of Seeking Wisdom (2004)

    Steven Yates has criticized my claim that we need to bring about a revolution in the aims and methods of academic inquiry, so that the aim becomes to promote wisdom rather than just acquire knowledge. Yates's main criticism is that the proposed revolution does not have a clear strategy for its implementation...
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
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