A Quote by Johnathan Haidt on the myth of pure evil, liberal, conservative, politcs, culture, and wisdom

Liberals are experts in thinking about issues of victimization, equality, autonomy, athe rights of individuals, particularly those of minorities and nonconformists.  Conservatives, on the other hand, are experts in thinking about loyalty to the group, respect for authority and tradition, and sacredness.  When one side overwhelms the other, the results are likely to be ugly.  A society without liberals would be harsh and oppressive to many individuals.  A society without conservatives would lose many of the social structures and constraints that Durkheim showed are so valuable.  Anomie would increase along with freedom.  A good place to look for wisdom, therefor, is where you least expect to find it: in the minds of your opponents.  You already know the ideas common on your own side. If you can take off the blinders of the myth of pure evil, you might see some good ideas for the first time.

Johnathan Haidt

Source: Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom Why the Meaningful Life Is Closer Than You Think, Pages: 242

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A Quote by Dana Meadows on culture, talk, friends, causes, believe, join, strangers, crass messages, embarrassing, shyness, intrusion, rejection, share, real, heartfelt, commitments, easier, cynicism, and dreams

It is not OK in this culture to talk to friends about causes you believe in, much less to ask them to join in. It's OK to blast perfect strangers with crass messages every hour of the day, but it's a tinge embarrassing, it brings up some shyness, it seems an intrusion, it risks rejection to share real heartfelt commitments. It's easier to share our cynicism with strangers than our dreams with friends.

Dana Meadows

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A Quote by Gail Purcell Elliott on culture, biosphere, supports life, ethic, individuality, creativity, imagination, inspiration, respect, understanding, awareness, and peace

When it comes to environments in which people live, work, and learn try thinking of creating not a ‘culture' but a
‘biosphere.'   By definition, the biosphere is the part of the earth's crust that supports life.   The concept of a ‘biosphere' has to do with subscribing to an ethic that goes beyond ‘culture.'   It promotes individuality, creativity, imagination, inspiration, respect, understanding, awareness, and above all - peace.

Gail Purcell Elliott

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A Quote by Ken Wilber on healing, health, illness, disease, sickness, compassion, understanding, culture, treats, treatment, challenge, condemnation, moral judgement, person, grow, heal, enriched, result, better chance, process, larger process, movement,

If a culture treats a particular illness with compassion and enlightened understanding, then sickness can be seen as a challenge, as a healing crisis and opportunity. Being sick is then not a condemnation or a moral judgement, but a movement in a larger process of healing and restoration. When sickness is viewed positively and in supportive terms, then illness has a much better chance to heal, with the concomitant result that the entire person may grown and be enriched in the process. ~ Ken Wilber ~

Ken Wilber

Source: The Essential Ken Wilber: An Introductory Reader.

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A Quote by Dale Dauten on culture, decisions, information, justice, reflection, and skill

Just because we increase the speed of information doesn't mean we can increase the speed of decisions. Pondering, reflecting and ruminating are undervalued skills in our culture.

Dale Dauten

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A Quote by W.S. Gilbert on anxiety, culture, idleness, kindness, lies, meaning, mind, novelty, and plants

If you're anxious for to shine in the high aesthetic line As a man of culture rare, You must get up all the germs of the transcendental terms And plant them everywhere. You must lie upon the daisies and discourse in novel phrases Of your complicated state of mind, The meaning doesn't matter if it's only idle chatter Of a transendental kind.

W.S. Gilbert

Source: Bunthorne's Song, from Patience

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on character, culture, justice, life, nations, and time

Culture is not just an ornament; it is the expression of a nation's character, and at the same time it is a powerful instrument to mould character. The end of culture is right living.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by William James on culture and life

Real culture lives by sympathies and admirations, not by dislikes and disdains; under all misleading wrappings it pounces unerringly upon the human core.

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: Memories and Studies

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on art, culture, facts, money, poets, and writing

It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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A Quote by W. S. Merwin on awareness, culture, evolution, force, garden, guidance, life, people, plants, time, water, and world

In the time that I have been acquainted with this region I have become increasingly aware of it as a testament of water, the origin and guide of its contours and gradients and of all the lives - the plants and small creatures, and the culture - that evolved here. That was always here to be seen, of course, and the recognition has forced itself, in one form or other, upon people in every part of the world who have been directly involved with the growing of living things. The gardener who ignores it is soon left with no garden.

W. S. Merwin (1927 -)

Source: A Shape of Water, 1997

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