Andrew Kern Mar 2, 2009
Balance implies equality and it's static. More often, we need integration, which is dynamic. Integration implies purpose. Balancing your life is usually good. Integrating it is always good - it's better. Same with your teaching, reading, planning, cooking, etc.
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Andrew Kern Feb 27, 2009
The spiritual mind does not grab onto one idea to the exclusion of others. It loves all things according to their due. Therefore, only the spiritual mind can be an educated mind. The spiritual mind is principled in its thinking. It is not empirical or "spiritual" but objectively rational. This rational thought is the foundation of order. This is not a Cartesian rationalsim, however, but a more ancient rationalism whose quest is not "certainty" but harmony.
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Andrew Kern Feb 25, 2009
Truth revealed and accepted accelerates learning by drawing the lover of truth like a magnet. Dogma, therefore, if they are true, do no harm to the intellect. Falsehood, however, does positive harm. Thus the modern disregard for assertions of truth (which are, of course, directed at truths the modern doesn't like or at people who think they know the truth because they've memorized a statement about it) is fatal to the intellect and at the root of how our most-schooled-society in the world is also among the dumbest. Thus there are at least three ways in which truth helps cultivate learning.
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Andrew Kern Feb 25, 2009
Kids need and like heroes, but they also like having a context in which to locate them. Besides, no hero is a hero without a context in which he became a hero. He had to fight something. They love to see the overall flow of history or of a given period. This is pleasing to the intellectual faculty, while the heroic element appeals to their spiritedness.
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Andrew Kern Feb 24, 2009
Not a great speaker, but the boat story hits home. No matter how great a leader President Obama is, he can't get us anywhere if impersonal bureaucrats are the ones making our decisions. Bobby is taking a position. I don't think this speech will move many people tonight. But in three or four years it will be a standard he can return to. We'll have to wait and see what happens, but if the Republicans don't get creative they could be swamped again by the Obamomentum.
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Andrew Kern Feb 24, 2009
I'm grateful to hear him say that we do "not torture." A new era of engagement has begun. We can't be alone and the world needs us. We need to engage in negotiation with confidence and candor. The world depends on us having a strong economy as we depend on the strength of the worlds. Deep implications to that. Not something to enter into without a lot of judgment. The world is watching us. We hear that a lot. "In our hands lies the ability to shape our world; for good or for ill." "Hope comes from the dreams and aspirations of ordinary Americans who are anything but ordinary."
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Andrew Kern Feb 24, 2009

A note on the economic portion:

Bad move: "I know we can get some consensus in here."

"With the deficit we inherited."

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Andrew Kern Feb 24, 2009
President Obama wants everybody to get educated, but will he stand in the way of those who have proven to be effective, or will he only allow the public schools to get educated. He's asking us all to commit to at least a year of education. I like that he included apprenticeship. Good to hear him challenge the high school dropouts: "It's not just quitting on yourself, it's quitting on your country." "By 2020 America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world."
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Andrew Kern Feb 24, 2009
Let us, in fine, observe that this harmony or surprising agreement, which naturally occurs between the ideas of just, honest, and useful, constitutes the whole beauty of virtue, and informs us at the same time in what the perfection of man consists.
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Andrew Kern Feb 23, 2009
I have to add that she was stunningly gorgeous and as elegant looking as anybody I have ever seen on this show (not that I've watched much). That would be a great style to bring back. Tremendous contrast to Goldie Hawn.
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