Category Archives: freedom

A Matter of Free Will

“Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness; on the confines of the two everlasting empires, necessity and free will.” ~ Thomas Carlyle in Essays, “Goethe’s Works” Been thinking a lot about free will lately. I … Continue reading


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The Pleasures of Freedom

“Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.” ~Moshe Dyan I’m not talking FREEDOM here, as in liberty and dogma and all that. While that’s incredibly important in life, I’m talking pure freedom of mobility. Living, as I do, in America’s … Continue reading

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Responsibility isn’t a Bad Word

“When the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.” ~ Edith Hamilton In the course of a class discussion today, I asked students who wants to be … Continue reading

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Harsh Truth

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.”~Søren Kierkegaard Harsh, I know, but true.  And absolutely NOT aimed at any reader of this blog! This is me doing some thinking about … Continue reading

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Listen to your Brain

“Trust thyself.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson This very good piece of advice comes from Emerson’s seminal essay “Self-Reliance,” something I recommend to every serious searcher for Truth and wisdom.   Many people think he’s saying “follow your heart,” and in … Continue reading

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Power to the People!

“We want to empower our people; we want to strengthen them; we want to provide them with the kind of qualifications that will enable them to build up their own country themselves.” ~ Aung San Suu Kyi When Aung San … Continue reading

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Seriously, there is no Box

“Let’s think out of the box!” ~ Every unoriginal thinker I’ve ever met Sorry to be so snarky about it, but whenever I ask students what they think English teachers want, I get four or five of the braver souls … Continue reading

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Words to Ponder–Happy Fourth of July

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments … Continue reading

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I Can Not Forget

Spirit, that made those heroes dare To die, and leave their children free, Bid Time and Nature gently spare The shaft we raise to them and thee. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Concord Hymn” It’s Memorial Day in America, a day to … Continue reading

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Thoughts for a curious day

“You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common: they don’t alter their views to fit the facts; they alter the facts to fit their views.”  The Fourth Doctor People who know me either online … Continue reading

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