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Jul. 11 at 1:14pm
These days, for my insomnia, I'm listening to Walter Isaacson's Benjamin Franklin: An American Life. I've just come across Franklin's list of "conversational sins". It's good. (I'm afraid I've committed them all.)
1. Talking overmuch
2. Seeming uninterested
3. Speaking too much about your own life
4. Prying for personal secrets
5. Telling long and pointless stories
6. Contradicting or disputing someone directly
7. Ridiculing or railing against things, except in small, witty doses
8. Spreading scandal
Notice how beautifully the list coheres with personaliism. Genunine interpersonal communion, of which conversation is a major aspect, involves a transcendence of the ego, and an attention to, …continue reading
Very insightful, Devra! I love all the quotes included and I do think we work harder to be "of good cheer" at this dark and cold time of year. Good to be reminded that "still there is much that is fair" in spite of all the bad news and gloomy headlines.
Dec. 16 at 6:29am | See in context
Yes, it's so nice to have "objective" evidence for the skeptical. I have nothing but respect for teachers who manage to give personal attention to many students. We do our homeschooling with a large amount of delegation and keeping a close eye on our own objectivity, but assessing where the kids are has certainly not been a problem!
Dec. 15 at 12:37pm | See in context
My husband and I read this together and it was excellent! We often run into objections regarding homeschooling and the false impression that homeschoollers are incapable to assess their own students or even teach them properly, confronting questions like "How can you know they learn what they are supposed to learn?" Now, we can say our daughter graduated from a university cum laude while our other children are on the dean's list. Shut my mouth!! (Or rather "their"mouths!!)
Al and Deb
Dec. 12 at 10:13am | See in context
A qualification on my point in response to Rhett:
I don't want to seem to say that we always have to fight for our rights, when those rights are being trampled by someone else. Sometimes, abandoning our rights can be a sacrifice of love, as Jesus did in allowing himself to be crucified.
I only want to say that sometimes the moral call of the moment is to stand on our rights or defend our boundaries—in one way or another to refuse to cooperate with our own illegitimate subordination.
This is especially true for people who have a habit of being too passive or slavish.
Dec. 8 at 11:43am | See in context
I think it's important to keep the context of that verse in mind. The preceding verses indicate that what outrages St. Paul is not so much that Christians have disputes with each other, but that they are resorting to the "ungodly" Roman courts to settle them. Better to be cheated than to bring your complaint to a corrupt secular court.
If disputes arise (which is regretable in itself), Paul says, "appoint as judges even men of little account in the church! I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers?"
He is reprimanding the Corinthians for their corruption and their wordly-mindedness. He is not prohibiting them from standing up for their rights. He himself stands on his rights as a Roman citizen when he's arrested.
Dec. 8 at 11:37am | See in context
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