To paraphrase a famous Kung Fu Panda movie and quote Jean de La Fontaine "Our destiny is frequently met in the very paths we take to avoid it."
I believe, discussing the turning points on our path, will emphasize the need for "informed" decisions.
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Watching two middle-aged white men debating "white privilege" may sound like a terrible way to spend nearly 13 minutes, but the two men here are Jon Stewart and his recurring sparring partner Bill O'Reilly. O'Reilly ostensibly came on Wednesday night's Daily Show to talk about his new book, Killing Patton, but Stewart didn't even pretend he'd read the latest of what he called O'Reilly's "Killing Trees" bestsellers. He wanted to talk about O'Reilly's denial that white privilege exists. There ...
The last time Neil Young was on The Colbert Report, the singer proposed impeaching then-President George W. Bush over the war in Iraq. This time, Young tells Stephen Colbert that the U.S. should impeach President Obama over fracking. Colbert, the conservative pundit character, isn't opposed to drilling, whatever the environmental cost, and so the two hash out their differences in the only way that makes sense: a duet. "Who's gonna stand up and save the Earth?" Young sings. Colbert then takes ...
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Most mobile phones are now equipped with a camera. A few phones even come with amazing camera specs, such as the Nokia Lumia 1020 with a 41-megapixels rear camera. Today, people use their phone’s camera in many ways. Taking a selfie is now a norm. Some photographers and movie makers ... Continue reading »
A professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.' The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. 'Now,' said the professor, as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things - family, children, health, friends, and favorite passions – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, house, and car. The sand is everything else - the small stuff. If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. So... pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first - the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.' One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. 'I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.'