Breaking technology’s pernicious grip on our children

The formative years with our children only come once. When we make them the highest priorities in our lives, we give them the message that they’re worthwhile

Breaking technology’s pernicious grip on our childrenTechnology is everywhere. But is it all good for us and – particularly – is it good for our children? The last 50 years have seen tremendous technological advancement. The 1960s television comedy Get Smart featured a mobile phone that the main character wore in his shoe. We laughed because it seemed impossible. Today, 95…

Coming clean about the crimes of colonialism, at home and abroad

When we are truly honest with ourselves, we can find ways to heal society. This is the lesson we must live and share on a global level

Coming clean about the crimes of colonialism, at home and abroadGenocide and colonialism are related and they are global issues. The world is still hurting from their wounds, and they’re hindering the growth and advancement of humanity. But if we can demonstrate that healing is possible, we establish a powerful precedent for the world. We establish a protocol that can be adapted to any cultural…

Your right to choose a better world is in your hands

Citizens who are not informed and involved have willingly forfeited their democratic rights, and leave themselves open to manipulation

Your right to choose a better world is in your handsMahatma Gandhi said, “To safeguard democracy, the people must have a keen sense of independence, self-respect and their oneness.” Evidence of the power of the common person was seen recently in the United Kingdom elections. After passing on their democratic rights by not voting in the Brexit referendum a year ago, many young people got…

The beautiful, reaffirming cycle of kindness

Being kind to others doesn’t mean we agree with them. It means we’re confident in who we are and aren’t threatened. It means we understand the big picture

The beautiful, reaffirming cycle of kindnessThe ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said, “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” Kindness is indeed a powerful force. Regardless of how talented we may be, kindness increases our value. Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is bound for the Baseball Hall of Fame – for…

The power of prayer and faith to bring peace

Spirituality gives people hope in hopeless situations. The message of Fatima gave people a course when they didn’t know what to do and it brought them together

The 20th century was one of the most horrific periods in human history. We saw the rise of bloodthirsty despots and the deaths of millions of innocent people. Yet in it all, many found a message of peace – and that message brought down dictatorships and continues to give us hope as we move into an uncertain…

Truth will triumph – but not without our help

As we embrace the truth of humanity's most horrific actions, hateful lies lose their power, we become enlightened and the path to a better world becomes clear

Truth will triumph – but not without our help“Truthfulness alone constitutes the spiritual discipline of the Kali Yuga,” the Hindu tell us. As we study the beliefs of our sisters and brothers, we realize how much we have in common – and how universal wisdom always points to truth. The Kali Yuga, the age of the goddess Kali, is a time of death and destruction,…

Shaping our future through public education

Society must invest its time, energy and resources in children so they can lead us into a bright and exciting future

Shaping our future through public educationThe 21st century is a fascinating time to be a teacher. It’s also a time of great challenge as we work to help every student realize his or her potential. Shifts in technology have made the memorization of facts less relevant and the ability to access information a necessity. Students have the greatest libraries in the…

Laughing in the face of despair and tragedy

Humour breaks down walls that divide us and builds empathy and understanding. It’s one of the most amazing, enriching aspects of being human

Laughing in the face of despair and tragedyHumourist Paul Lowney said, “Laughter has no foreign accent.” I recall listening to Polish friends banter in their own language. Although I didn’t understand what they were saying, I found myself smiling. When one of them asked why I was laughing and whether I understood what they were saying, I simply said, “No, but you laugh the…

Look for leadership from within when our leaders fail us

Does government really reflect the soul of its people? Is it okay to take credit for the work of others and refuse responsibility for our own mistakes?

Look for leadership from within when our leaders fail usIn the early 20th century, Napoleon Hill studied hundreds of the most effective leaders in the world of business. He noted that among other qualities, they pass on credit for any successes to those working under them, while placing blame for any mistakes squarely on their own shoulders. They also have a keen sense of justice,…