The unexamined life is not worth living.

- Socrates

…the manner in which Satan does this [blinds minds] is through sowing corrupt ideologies and destructive patterns of life within creation, luring humanity to live in ways that are enslaving and oppressing. Satan is, after all, “the ruler of the power of the air,” the realm of ideologies, cultural prejudices, and well-worn patterns of thought. In this role he controls “the spirit that is now at work among those who are now disobedient (Eph. 2:2)”.

- Tim Gombis, Paul: A Guide for the Perplexed, 50.

The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder—a waif, a
nothing, a no man. Have a purpose in life, and, having it, throw such
strength of mind and muscle into your work as God has given you.

- Thomas Carlyle

When a basketball player hits 50 years of age it’s time to ice the knees and reflect on the glory years.

Not for these guys.

Determined to prove they’ve still got game they ventured down to Goat Park in Harlem to take on a team half their age.

Whatever worries you, masters you.”
- John Locke

While leaving your child at a playground w/a cell phone is asking for trouble… though I would probe some of the class stuff a bit more, the larger point being made is interesting; “there are diminishing returns to helicopter parenting”.
- See the full article here.

As to mental maladies, is any man altogether sane? Are we not all a little off the balance? Some minds appear to have a gloomy tinge essential to their very individuality; of them it may be said, “Melancholy marked them for her own;” fine minds, and ruled by noblest principles, but yet most prone to forget the silver lining, and to remember only the cloud.

Pain has, probably, in some cases developed genius; hunting out the soul which otherwise might have slept like a lion in its den…

Any simpleton can follow the narrow path in the light: faith’s rare wisdom enables us to march on in the dark with infallible accuracy, since she places her hand in that of her Great Guide.

- Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Valley of the Shadow of Death

60 million Americans experience a mental health condition every year—that’s one in four adults and one in ten children. People of every race, age, religion or economic status are affected. Whether we are aware of it or not, we all know someone who is living with some form of mental illness.

- National Alliance on Mental Illness

Via at TEDxJaffa – 2013

Go here to interact with a map showing the seizing of over 1.5 billion acres from America’s indigenous people by treaty and executive order from between 1776 and 1887… this account also omits the lands taken via England, Spain, and other European nations prior to 1776.