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Knowing--and Doing--Better

Recently a great teacher died. He was, directly and indirectly, responsible for improving the lives of tens of thousands of people. He is assured of a continuing presence in Wikipedia. Yet he was also tragically unable to acknowledge the love and respect of his students and was hurtfully dismissive of those who offered him constructive criticism. In short, with all his virtues and contributions, he was a less-than-perfect human being. Just like the rest of us. The beginning of wisdom is knowing, really knowing, that we are not God. Then acting accordingly. Wisdom means not only knowing better, but doing better—being God-like as much of the time as we can. That is, striving to be saints, not just sages. Living from our divinely directed true selves, not our egos. How hard it is to be great yet humble! How difficult in our knowledge-based society to realize that being smart, even worldly wise, is not enough! True wisdom is doing good, living with compassion, and walking humbly in the knowledge that God with us is not that same as I am God. We may be captains of our souls, but not the admiral of the fleet, let alone Commander in Chief. As 2011 unfolds, may each of us be guided not just to know better but to do better more and more of the time, and may the soul of the teacher who recently left us be richly rewarded for all the good he did and forgiven for his mistakes. Amen.

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Elisabeth Smith on Wednesday, January 05, 2011 2:48 PM
Great blog once again...Jesus said that the Kingdom of God is within us.. and once we peel away the layers of conditioning, programming, we usually discover a wonderful Child of God! Thank you for all the wonderful people out there who teach us by their wisdom and also their mistakes how to become better human beings and spiritual seekers...
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lorenzo on Wednesday, January 05, 2011 6:01 PM
OK, so who was it??? L
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Aliman Sears on Thursday, January 06, 2011 5:04 PM
Yes, do tell. Hussien Rofe?


Christine Feldman on Thursday, January 06, 2011 7:35 AM
Great job, Dad. I think it's important for all teachers--let alone all human beings-- to remember that they are eternal students of life, love, and goodness themselves. Without that acknowledgement, something essential and positive is truly lost in their experience as teachers and human beings.
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Aliman Sears on Thursday, January 06, 2011 5:01 PM
Thanks Reynold. Woops, Ruslan. This is a major ambiguity of being human: we have to have a fairly strong ego (I won't argue for this here), yet concomitantly we have to let go of our ego at times (much of the time). I think temporality is key; at one time we should activate ego but then at other times deactivate it. Aloha, Aliman
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Sherman Beverly on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 11:04 AM
Rusian. I have often said to aspiring learning facilitators--my word for what we refer to as teachers--that they must be humbly confident. Confident that they can and often do know, but humble enough to realize that they'll never know it all. They must also realize that the knowledge they sometimes seek is often found in those they least expect to know it.
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