Thoughts on Being Embarrassed

The rate at which a person can mature is directly proportional to the embarrassment he can tolerate.  – Douglas Engelbart

One person’s embarrassment is another person’s accountability. – Tom Price 

But I learned that there’s a certain character that can be built from embarrassing yourself endlessly.  If you can sit happy with embarrassment there’s not much else that can really get to ya.  – Christian Bale

Milestones into Adulthood

Growing up I looked forward to achieving certain milestones, because it meant I was entering adulthood.  It seemed like it would take forever for me to get a driver’s license, finish high school, and get my own car.  I counted down the years for what seemed like eternity.

However, I achieved those milestones about thirty years ago.  It boggles my mind how much time has passed.  I am now watching my niece become an adult and she too has achieved those milestones.

It just doesn’t feel right.  It seems strange somehow.  Do you know what I mean?

 

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Thoughts on Time Travel

If I could create a time travel device, I don’t think I would travel into the future.  I have no idea what I might find.  What if I end up in an apocalyptic wasteland ravaged by nuclear war?

Instead, I would travel back in time.  There are many historical events I would like to witness and experience.  I would like to see the founding fathers sign the Declaration of Independence.  I would like to experience Woodstock.  I would like to listen to Abraham Lincoln giving the Gettysburg Address.  I would like to hear Martin Luther King deliver his “I Have a Dream” speech.  I would like to watch the Wright brothers take their first flight.

How about you?  Would you rather travel to the future or the past?

The Importance of History

I stumbled across this quote yesterday and it is the best explanation for the importance of studying history that I have ever heard.

The society that loses its grip on the past is in danger, for it produces men who know nothing but the present, and who are not aware that life has been, and could be, different from what it is.  Such men bear tyranny easily; for they have nothing with which to compare it.  (Trevor Saunders)

What do you think?  Is history an important part of education?

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