Virtue of the Week: Wisdom

Ted TalksTed Talks – Barry Schwartz On Our Loss Of Wisdom

Barry Schwartz gives a great talk on practical wisdom in a world gone mad with bureaucracy.

This is well worth the time.

Wisdom For High School StudentsWisdom for High School Students

By Charles Sykes

RULE 1. Life is not fair; get used to it.

RULE 2. The world doesn’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

RULE 3. You will NOT make 50 thousand dollars a year right out of high school OR college. You won’t be a vice-president with a company car, until you earn them both.

RULE 4. If you think your teachers are tough, wait until you get a boss.

RULE 5. Flipping burgers or picking berries is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping and berry picking; they called it opportunity.

RULE 6. If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

RULE 7. Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parents’ generation, try “delousing” the closet in your own room.

RULE 8. Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades; they’ll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

RULE 9. Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.

RULE 10. Facebook, the Internet and Television are NOT real life. In real life people actually have to encounter each other face to face.

RULE 11. Be nice to the nerds in your school. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.