Making Your Self Whole

If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you. —The Gospel of Thomas

Kathryn, an academic, athletic and social success at her high school, went on to the University of Pennsylvania where she began to consider suicide. Continue reading

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Loneliness

Young people are among the loneliest of all Americans. Schools that teach kids how to deal with feelings of isolation could help put a dent in the epidemic, writes Ashley Fetters in “To Prevent Loneliness, Start in the Classroom” (Atlantic, Oct 17.) Continue reading

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Authority

At nine months, granddaughter Zoe, pulled herself into a standing position at a small wooden stool in our kitchen. Her cousins were nearby, and five-year-old Ilyas put a small square block in front of her. With dramatic force, she swatted it off with her right hand. This authoritative self-assertion delighted all observers. Continue reading

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CHARACTER, CONFLICT AND CREATIVITY

Your character is the you that’s becoming. It’s the “Little Engine that Could” that keeps driving you toward what you need to make of yourself. For the ancient Greeks, kharakter is the mark that the gods put on your soul at birth. Character is the self that we are self-actualizing, our inner author, the source of our authority, our calling. Character development is not a part of education, but education itself. Continue reading

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Cancer Update

Today, the summer solstice, marks the half year mark of the discovery that I had Metastatic Melanoma. My wife Victoria again wrote a wonderful newsletter to my extended family, and I got her permission to pass it on to you. (She’s really, really good with words.) Continue reading

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