Principles to Live By

Spiritual wisdom for the Class of 2020 (New 23 May 2020)

Spiritual wisdom for the Class of 2020 (New 23 May 2020)
FBI: Hate crimes, anti-Semitic attacks up in 2017 (New 16 Nov 2018)
High CEO Pay Means Disappointing Stock Returns (New 1 Aug 2016)
Importance of Teaching Values (New 24 Mar 2016)
America's economy is a nightmare of our own making (New 25 Jun 2015)
The Stranger in Your Home (New 24 Mar 2015)
The Cost of WWII Air War (New 28 Mar 2014)
Wealth Inequality in America (New 6 Dec 2013)
The Psycholoty of Winning (New 3 Feb 2013)
Crisis of the Middle Class (New 8 Jan 2013)
Income Inequality Grows in TN (New 15 Nov 2012)
Why the Economy is Slow (New 12 Oct 2012)
Veteran's Charity Under Fire (New 15 Aug 2012)
Nursing Homes Vs. Prison (New 12 Nov 2010)
Soul of the Republic (New 30 Oct 2010)
National Purpose (New 16 Oct 2010)
Inside Job (New 14 Oct 2010)
'Big Business' Democrats (New 14 Oct 2010)
Corporate Governance (New 1 Oct 2010)
Common Good (New 1 Oct 2010)
American Wealth (New 19 Sep 2010)
Shrinking Middle Class (New 19 Sep 2010)
Financial Market Failure (New 15 Mar 2010)
Pledge of Allegiance (New 14 Mar 2010)
The Gift of Fear (New Jan 2010)
No Time to Lose (New Sept 2009)
Fiduciary Responsibity (New 7 Mar2009)
What Hamilton Has Wrought (New 27 Mar2009)
What Would Jesus Do? (New 21 Mar2009)
Global Warming (New March 2007)
What I Wish For
Scout's Oath
Osama Bin Laden
Close to Home
Inhumanity to Man
DC Area Snipers
Civil Society
Religious Extremism
Stem Cell Research
Contact Me
Peaceful Civil Disobedience

Fairness Trustworthiness Kindness
Patience Gentleness Knowledge
Discipline Compassion Integrity


The below article was written by one of my favorite contributors to the religious page in The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville.  He is giving guidance to the Class of 2020 who will graduate into a world beset by the Covid-19 Coronavirus, leaving the future for these new graduates uncertain as never before challenges face the world.

The part of the article that hits home the hardest for me is the part that deals with the character that these students should strive to build as they face this uncertain future. 

Their educations have been focused on learning skills that will earn them a secure financial future in a complex modern world.  But the education system does not always provide adequate direction to students regarding the skills they will need to truly succeed in life.

He advises the students to follow the disciple Paul's advice and embrace the fruits of the Spirit:

  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  •  Patience
  • Kindness
  • Generosity
  • Faithfulness
  • Gentleness
  • Self-Control

He advises the students should always follow the golden rule and treat others as you would want to be treated.

He advises students not to let anger rule their life like so many are doing in today's world.  He notes anger rises from fear and is an easy path to follow, but not one likely to lead one to success in life.

And lastly, he advises students to choose their friends carefully, making sure they surround themselves with people who challenge them and mentor them in ways that are consistent with the goals they wish to attain in life.

As usual, this is an excellent article that the students of 2020 can "take to the bank" if they are looking for guidance in how to proceed in today's uncertain world.


The below article was written by Dr. Clay Stauffer who is the senior minister of Woodmont Christian Church in Nashville and is on the adjunct faculty at Vanderbilt University.

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FBI: Hate crimes, anti-Semitic attacks up in 2017

In my undergraduate class this past fall at Vanderbilt, I had a number of ambitious seniors who were looking forward to graduation, law school, moving to larger cities and entering what was then a red hot job market. Times have drastically changed, and they have now graduated into a starkly different reality. I have been thinking about them in recent weeks. What advice and wisdom can we give our young people who are moving on to the next stage of life in the midst of a global health pandemic that has brought unprecedented levels of fear and uncertainty?

❚ Life is not fair. So many things are out of our control – like Covid-19 and everything it has affected. The only thing we can control is our attitude and how we respond to unforeseen events. A positive attitude can be a gamechanger.

❚ Try something you otherwise would not have tried. Take a job that may not be a career path but that will be a meaningful life experience. Live out west. Wait tables by the beach. Be a fishing guide. Work on a ranch. It doesn’t have to be permanent.

❚ Remember that tough times will pass, like they have before, but they always present us with an opportunity to grow and build endurance. We will emerge stronger from this period than we were before. Hard times form character. Scripture and experience make that clear.

❚ Take time to reflect upon the many things that you have learned in school. Sometimes, we just study to pass the test. Knowledge should be translated into wisdom that lasts for a lifetime. ❚ Recognize that there are certain practices and behaviors that have been proven to reduce fear and anxiety: being grateful, acknowledging blessings, prayer, meditation and helping others. If you can do these things regularly, your anxiety will subside.

❚ Talk to people who are in the fields that you want to pursue. Accept an internship to gain valuable experience. Ask them what they enjoy about their profession or career. Ask them what they don’t enjoy – they will tell you.

❚ Become educated on the issues that matter. The election this year will be anything but dull. Decide how you feel about health care, immigration, diplomacy, tax policy, border walls and the government’s response to Covid-19. Be informed because a democracy works best with an informed electorate.

❚ Cultivate what Paul calls the fruits of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. These are the virtues we should all strive to demonstrate. This is the real test of true spirituality.

❚ Always live the Golden Rule. Imagine what it would be like to be on the receiving end of your words and actions.

❚ Control your anger. Don’t overreact. Anger is tied to fear. Many things are said and done in the heart of the moment that you can’t take back.

❚ Pay close attention to the people you call friends. Friendship is always a two way street. The company you keep influences you greatly, so choose it carefully. Be around people who challenge you, build you up, and bring out the best in you.

❚ Remember that real happiness and joy comes from relationships and not things. Money can’t buy lasting happiness.

❚ Take chances. Take risks. Change is a constant. Look for the silver lining when bad things happen. There are always lessons to be learned and ways to grow.

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