Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Jack’s Winning Words 10/11/16
“You know more than you think you do.”  (Benjamin Spock)  Dr Spock began his best-selling Baby & Child Care book by saying to parents, “Trust your common sense when raising your children…Don’t take the advice of experts too seriously.”  It’s true!  Nearly all people have an innate ability to know what works and what doesn’t.  Even Aristotle wrote about it.  Bob Wiley (What About Bob?) called it, “Horse sense.”  Note the ways in which you use it today.    ;-)  Jack

FROM HONEST JOHN:  Is it common sense that is driving people to vote for Trump?   Some claim that it is.====JACK:  Some good friends intend to vote for Trump.  In the recent debate, the issue of a public face and a private face was raised.  I understand that a pastor needs that quality in order to minister to a congregation.

FROM TARMART REV:  "Sure makes sense to me, to do so!"====JACK:  As one who has "farm" roots, you strike me as one who has horse sense.

FROM TRIHARDER:  Did you know that he won a gold medal in the 1924 Olympics as a member of a rowing team. He ran for president in 1972 as the People's Party candidate and VP in 1976 as the Socialist Workers' Party candidate.  I went to a church near campus to meet him and to hear him speak.====JACK:  Viet Nam War supporters claimed that his book was responsible for helping to raise a generation of irresponsible young people who protested that war.====TH:  Yes, I remember. I believe that, later in life, he said that he was responsible for raising a generation of brats.====JACK:  I think that most parents try to do their best at raising children, but the best doesn't always work out.  There's the issue of "free will" that we each have.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  "To acquire knowledge, one must study; to acquire wisdom, one must observe." That's a pretty good bit of advice from Marilyn Vos Savant, of "genius" I.Q.  Although Pablo Picasso once said, "The chief enemy of creativity is common sense!"  Guess you have to be a bit of a dreamer to create!  We probably all know at least one person who is very very bright in his/her field, but pretty hopeless in the  common sense living of every day.... ====JACK:  I'm currently reading The Artist's Way which seems to say that the "creative person" has to escape the ordinary way...the common path.

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