This blog offers some high points from the second chapter of the book Wisdom: A Very Valuable Virtue That Cannot Be Bought (2022). The chapter involves managing and integrating emotion, emotional intelligence, integrating emotion with intellect, using both halves of the brain (figuratively, more than literally)—all in an effort to be wiser and live with more self-control, happiness, and satisfaction.Read More
June 8th, 2022
April 29th, 2022
Can wisdom be understood, developed, and improved?
Does wisdom really underlie success, fulfillment, and happiness?
What are the characteristics and skills of wise individuals?
Can one be happier and more fulfilled by “loving wisdom”?
Should books about wisdom ideally be secular, or religious in nature?
What do I need to know to successfully put wisdom to use in my everyday life?
Four-time author and philosophical thinker Jason Merchey answers these and many other important questions in his 2022 book, WisdomRead More
July 27th, 2018
I recently spent a weekend at San Quentin prison learning mindfulness, sharing meditation, and holding space, I came to a deep understanding that when one travels across a long personal Spectrum, their experience and wisdom is so bright and so full of light. GRIP (Guiding Rage into Power) is a year-long training program for inmatesRead More
July 16th, 2018
Socrates is purported to have claimed at his trial (for which he received the death penalty), “Are you not ashamed of caring so much for the making of money and for fame and prestige, when you neither think nor care about wisdom and truth and the improvement of your soul?” This blog is about considering the moral consequences of all you do in life, from (as Socrates pointed out) work to entertaining yourself to eating to voting. A few additional interesting and unique quotes about the consequences of our behavior and the moral choices we make will be presented.Read More
June 27th, 2018
What is meant by the phrase values of the wise? I admit, it isn’t as intuitive as a phrase such as the values held by wise people or even that which those who are wise find valuable. But that is what it is meant to convey. When I see a person who is careful, open, clever, developed, self-controlled, passionate, lighthearted, loving, and perceptive, I think: wise. Wisdom. This blog features twenty unique and incisive quotations which illustrate values. Not just any values: values of the wise.Read More
February 9th, 2018
Jacob Bronowski (1908 – 1974) lived for nearly 70 years before I was born. This genius was a Polish-born mathematician, historian of science, playwright, poet, and inventor. Bronowski is primarily responsible for the 1973 12-part exploration of creativity, ingenuity, vision, integration, science, and progress, The Ascent of Man, and the accompanying book. It was very careful, rational, and aspirational. He seems like a great man, a real scientist, and one of humanity’s greatest losses. He did say and write many important things, and I will now present you with the fifty or sixty Jacob Bronowski quotes that are a valued part of The Wisdom Archive, which is yours to search for free. Enjoy.Read More
November 27th, 2017
The truest and best conceptions of masculinity are measured in this poem. Here is an example:
Despite popular conceptions, the ideal measure of a man
Is not gauged by braggadocio and aggressive displays;
Neither by number of toys or lovers he managed to collect,
Though many try in vain to be manly in these ways…
November 1st, 2017
The following poem is an exploration of opposites, a dialectical glimpse at the world. Polarities are integrated.
Possible is as present as actual
Emotion is as admirable as erudition
Music is as prestigious as mathematics
Caprice is as comfortable as predictability…
August 15th, 2017
If you are wondering how to be happier, you’re in good company. It may be challenging to see a direct connection between happiness (e.g., feeling good) and integrity. However, if the “Great Spirit,” Indian lawyer turned revolutionary Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948) is correct, there is a strong correlation between having good character and being happy, fulfilled, at ease, and comfortable. When one integrates the parts of the self, one is considered “integrated” (in other words, there is integration). This is a primary route to happiness and success. Read on for more information about how to be happier.Read More
May 22nd, 2017
Integration is fitting the pieces into a whole. In this poem, I write about the challenges, benefits, and results of group psychotherapy.
The somewhat shallow life I lead, albeit pleasant,
Seems more meaningless and dull from their point of view.
But Monday nights are marked by camaraderie and challenge;
The process turns my pastel existence to a more vibrant hue.