COMMENTARY: True Patriotism & Human Rights

True Patriotism & Human Rights

MUST-SEE VIDEO. After the surprise attack by the Japanese on the U.S. Navy at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and the declaration of war against Japan, 120,000 men, women and children, including second and third generation American citizens were put into what President Roosevelt called “concentration camps.” Many years later this was determined to be unconstitutional and […]

Commentary: Tolerance and Intolerance: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.

Tolerance and Intolerance: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.

What is tolerance and is it always a good thing? It helps to understand various aspects of this concept. Basic Definition. Tolerance is demonstrated by an ability and willingness to accept and respect different people, ideas, and practices. Tolerance promotes non-judgmental, open-minded, patient, permissive live and let live attitudes toward diverse people, ideas and practices. It […]

COMMENTARY: Working to Teach Character Together

Working to Teach Character Together

When I talk to parents and teachers about the role of schools in teaching character someone usually points out that character development is and should be the primary concern of parents. Who can argue with that? Many of the attitudes and habits that make up character are learned at home. But they’re learned elsewhere as […]

COMMENTARY: All Change Starts With You

COMMENTARY: All Change Starts With You

What a profound insight and daunting responsibility it is to realize that you are the critical instrument of change.  Our personal courage, compassion, and creativity in our own sphere of influence can set into motion a ripple effect of healing actions and attitudes to make a better world. It’s almost impossible to find a responsible adult […]

COMMENTARY: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

Our safety and survival in life does not depend on direct divine intervention, but on our ability to see and willingness to seize opportunities to save ourselves. Bart’s home was in a flood area. The water was a foot high when a rescue truck offered to help him evacuate. Bart refused saying, “God will provide.” When […]

Greatest Quotes on Character, Reputation and Character Education

— The most comprehensive (nearly 300 quotations) yet selective collection of insightful quotations on CHARACTER, REPUTATION & CHARACTER EDUCATION compiled by Michael Josephson who highlighted his favorites in bold. —  Definition and Essential Qualities of Character Quotes by Michael Josephson Character is the moral strength to do the right thing even when it costs more than you […]

Greatest Quotations on Gratitude

— compiled by Michael Josephson — If you want to be on speaking terms with happiness, learn the language of gratitude. – Unknown Gratitude unlocksthe fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a […]

Greatest Quotations on Mothers and Motherhood

— compiled by Michael Josephson — All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother. ~ Abraham Lincoln The formative period for building character for eternity is in the nursery. The mother is queen of that realm and sways a scepter more potent than that of kings or priests. […]