Links and Quotes

From C.S. Lewis:

“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.”

This article from a website for Christian business leaders has good straightforward marriage advice: How to Become Your Spouse’s Best Friend . An excerpt:

“Unfortunately, we live in a culture that is very me-centered. Gail and I often talk to people who are frustrated with their spouses. Most of this stems from the fact that they are not getting what they think they need or what they think they should be getting. I am not saying that it is wrong to give voice to your needs. I am saying that it is often an ineffective way to get them met, unless you first sow the seeds of giving and servanthood.”

What’s Wrong With the Teenage Mind? Nothing, really, but our culture’s trend of delaying mature responsibility handicaps teens. How? Treating young adults as children with only academic responsibilities leaves their learned ability to control themselves and evaluate risks underdeveloped just as their emotions and motivations surge. Adult responsibilities prepare kids for adult privileges. Without the “apprenticeship in adulthood” their brains are ill-equipped to handle the expanded freedoms and desire for reward that come with adolescence. This Wall Street Journal article does a great job explaining the intersecting neurochemical structures behind those facts. A favorite line:

 “For most of our history, children have started their internships when they were seven, not 27.”

Turns out Calvin’s dad was right all along:

From John Owen:

“If we are not actively engaged in war with our sin then we are at peace with it.”

And finally this tidbit from Sally Thomas, summarizing some less-discussed HHS mandate issues in three perfect paragraphs: Thoughts on the HHS Contraceptive Mandate.

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2 thoughts on “Links and Quotes

  1. I found your comment about teenage responsibility interesting. I am often driven to recall how only one of my grandparents had the opportunity for a high school education – the rest were all out working to help support their families during the depression years (and they still all found time to attend night school to further their education). In fact, my maternal grandmother was the sole bread-winner at 12 for her parents, and 6 younger siblings. We wouldn’t even countenance asking that of a child these days. But, they all grew up to be well-adjusted adults, successful in their careers – all self-motivated. What opportunities they had were hard won by themselves. [My other grandmother was fortunate to be the child of a teacher – so her mother (her father died she was a baby) still at least held her job through the depression].

    My Dad taught high school chemistry for 30 years and he often comments on how we treat teenagers as children right up until they finish year 12 (in my home state usually at 17), making all their decisions for them and then suddenly we think they should have sufficient experience and wisdom to go out into the world as mature adults – voting etc. We won’t allow them the freedom to make the mistakes which results in the getting of that wisdom.

  2. Impressive that your maternal grandmother was the sole bread-winner at 12! Do you know what kind of work she did?

    So true that suddenly expecting graduates to act like adults without giving them life chances to prepare and learn leaves them unready to face new responsibilities.

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