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Archive for June 2018

Kindness should be at the heart of all relationships

Feminist writer Emma Goldman said, “No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.” No more challenging words have ever been written for educators. The relationships that educators have with students is…

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Embrace the moment, regardless of the circumstances

When saying goodbye to people, I’ll often add: “And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.” While I’ve always been aware this phrase was giving people something significant to ponder, I didn’t know its history. It’s actually attributed to Confucius, the great Chinese philosopher. In 1994, Jon Kabat-Zinn expanded on this idea in…

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It is a challenging time to be a man or a boy

Looking at how we are presented in the media, are we supposed to be superheroes with unbelievable biceps, gigolos or buffoons?  It is no easier to be a woman or a girl.  Is today’s Hollywood standard of feminine beauty really one’s most valuable attribute? Never before have we been so surrounded by media, confusing us…

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Paving the way with quiet dignity

It’s unfortunate that we often forget the people who come second. Jackie Robinson is rightly honoured as the first African American to play Major League Baseball. Today, all players wear number 42 on April 15, the day that Robinson broke the colour barrier in 1947. We often forget that Robinson, who played for the Brooklyn…

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How the philosophy of personalism brings us together

It’s fascinating how certain ideas can unite all people, yet we can be so unaware of their presence. According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, “Personalism posits ultimate reality and value in personhood – human as well as (at least for most personalists) divine. It emphasizes the significance, uniqueness and inviolability of the person, as…

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