LEARNING TO LISTEN

Creator, Savior, Warrior, Father,
I ask, “Why do you, my Lord, bother
To listen when humans pause to pray,
Consolidating our lusts in what we say,
Presenting cases like legal masters?
Our monologues must seem dark disasters.
How may we, like you, learn to listen
When tears cause others’ eyes to glisten?”

#active-listening, #napowrimo, #narcissism, #poetry, #prayer

“[T]he only foundation for a useful edu…

“[T]he only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.”

–Benjamin Rush, On the Mode of Education Proper in a Republic, 1806

#education, #liberty, #narcissism, #religion, #virtue