Emotional Moment of the Week
We are closing in on a month till final exams. I am brought almost to tears with students who are beginning to “get it”. They are beginning to understand that they “own their own outcomes.” They are beginning to understand what it means to “learn to think.”
Others haven’t found the payoff for their own investment. Unfortunately, many schools continue to lower the bar and ensure that the safety net is closer and closer to the tightrope. Hopefully they will learn. But they must do it in their own time. And that may take years, if at all.
What I Am Reading Up On
(Yes, Dr. Steven Strange read this also, but not the one like this which was translated to English. He read it in the original Latin.)
Kepler’s seminal work on astrophysics and what has become known as 2 of the 3 “Kepler’s Laws”.
The movie Arrival posits the concept that learning a language not only alters how we think but imparts to the student, something; somehow of the pillars of the language, culture and elements of the language and the people.
Right now, this is a dabbling effort. :-)
Bo Shao — His Path from Food Rations to Managing Billions, the Blessings and Burdens of Chasing Perfection, Building the eBay of China in 1999, Pillars of Parenting, and Pursuing the Unpopular
Rarely have I read or listened to a more emotionally honest interview/podcast.
(Side Note: I have begun to supplant or replace content I would have read now with podcasts.)
Bo’s story is so very reflective of my life, experiences, prejudices and failures.
Topics that I Started Learning/Relearning This Week
- I am interested in digging into Sanskrit. There is something there for me.
- I am trying to apply the concept of personal discipline to all elements of my life. (There IS value to making my bed in the morning.)
- That includes recognizing distraction for that it is; what it is that removes me from experiencing all that matters in life.
- Paying much better attention and acting to improve my physical health.
- Acting on impressions to say something to someone; when I have something to say.
- Write. Write. Write.
Interesting Videos/Articles I Ran Across This Week
Interesting entry on this list; my old stomping grounds, Dayton, Ohio. Hard to explain unless you have lived in a “college town”.
The concept of being nomadic AND in a stable relationship may seem to be incongruent, but is it? Maybe the opposite is true. Maybe two people that are cut from that same cloth can’t imagine anything less satisfactory.
Frankly, I have no interest in “small talk dating” AT ALL. What better characteristics of people to get together than nomadic, polymath-leaning individuals.
#timeisprecious #nofear #saywhatyouwant #mentalstimulation #emotionalstimulation #physicalstimulation
To SAT or not to SAT. That is not the question.
test blind is NOT test optional. For many “high-end” universities, testing is optional -- wink wink. For some of these universities, of their accepted students, only 6-9% did not submit scores.
grade inflation is real. Universities are seeing university profiles where half the class has straight A's.
Sorry Singles. Covid Can’t Be Blamed Anymore for Dating Woes Anymore :-)
Older men dating younger women has been a bone of contention, well forever. In fact the opposite has become a trend. I subscribe to a largely Stoic mindset, or at least “worry about yourself” point of view.
I am often perplexed why it is so difficult to live with a “if you want something, then say so” mindset. Ultimately life IS not fair or perhaps it is ultimately fair. Randomness is the ultimate fair arbiter, if you are going to leave your life’s outcomes to chance.