books about wisdom

books about wisdom


Wisdom: Complex, But Invaluable

wisdom August 4th, 2019

This is an awesomely complex world. It seemed challenging and at times, overwhelming, to our distant ancestors who were trying to live life as bipedal social animals on the terra firma of the African savannah two million years ago. I don’t think life has gotten any easier or simpler since those stressful days. There have been many philosophies, belief systems, religious frameworks since, as humans have tried to understand what life is about, how to relate to each other, and what it all means. What is the one arrow humans have in their collective quiver that can possibly cut through all the noise and the clutter? Wisdom.

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Ch. 2 Summary: “In Defense of a Liberal Education”

education January 1st, 2018

In my previous posting on historian and political analyst Fareed Zakaria’s book In Defense of a Liberal Education, I introduced the topic, shared how it was that the author came to value a true and deep kind of education, and extolled America’s great history of “an education to all that was not skills-based.” The “Great Books” approach found fertile soil in the United States in the 1930s and in the ensuing few decades. Now, in an era of iPads, Slurpees, and 300-horsepower cars, most students want to study business, psychology, or marketing. Fareed Zakaria and I believe that skills, such as STEM learning, are useful, but that it is not the entirety of what a distinguished and wise strain of thinkers from Socrates on thought was going to make the best, most well-rounded person. In this blog, I will review and summarize chapter two in the book, which is essentially a history and encapsulation of the approach to education known as liberal education/liberal arts.

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Motivational Books: Live Your Life Better

ten motivational books August 21st, 2017

Values of the Wise is a unique and helpful source when it comes to motivational books! It features three inspirational books that help one access wisdom and understand their values better, which can lead to personal growth, fulfillment, meaning, happiness, success, and excellence. In addition to those in-house, in this  blog I will also include seven others that you may be interested in checking out. The goal is to help the person who is looking for a great book to begin to read or place on their bookshelf find what they’re looking for. As we know from the Tony Robbins of the world, there are millions of persons interested in learning what to do to be [insert adjective here], and quite a few motivational books written by modern-day Svengalis that could be critiqued as long on pronouncement and claims, but short on substance. Yet, on the other end of the spectrum, there are plenty of original-source philosophy texts, psychological treatises, and theological works which are just too dense or complicated for me (and 95% of the population) to make good use of.

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Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom

Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom April 20th, 2017

It seems like daily we are inundated by superficial social media, “fake news,” political demagogues, intolerant youth, and oppressive societal institutions. How can one find concentrate on what is real, wholesome, and reliable? Can we reach back into the past and access classical wisdom, traditional values, and a greater sense of fulfillment, meaning, and optimism? Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom (2017; Palmetto Publishing Group; $17.95 softcover) aims to address big-picture topics such as values, virtues, ethics, and wisdom. The following is a pitch for the book, including endorsements, reviews, an excerpt, description, and author bio.

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