Yes, we’re all doing stuff from our home offices. I don’t know what your office is like, but mine’s quite nice. I like it. Until I noticed a strange smell yesterday. Didn’t know what it was, so I had to look around the room a lot, then suddenly realised …
… there was an elephant in the room.
How the hell did I miss that?
I mean it’s huge!
How could you spend days, weeks, months, working in the home office and miss it?
How long has it been there? And what does it represent?
I didn’t know, so I asked it. Here’s how the conversation went.
How can we build – or rebuild – a collective culture that is able to both respect difference and draw us together to work for the common good? Talking to key modern influences and thinkers, and drawing inspiration from the Bible and the historical experience of the Jewish people, Sacks argues that there are eight key factors in establishing, maintaining and passing on resilient moral values within a broad group, among them attitudes of lifelong learning and of thanksgiving, the importance of family life and community, and a culture of positive argument in place of destructive conflict.
Crave companions, not competitors. I want people to sail with me through this puzzling and frightening world. I expect to fail at moments on this journey, to get lost—how could I not? And I expect that you too will fail.
Man is essentially an imitating animal. This is a psychological truth. Students can be disciplined only when teachers are well behaved. The minor officials of a country cannot be kind and honest when the rulers are corrupt tyrants. Children’s behaviour depends entirely upon , and is ever controlled by , the standard of purity and culture set by their parents . The moral rejuvenation of a society in any period of history can take place only because of the example set by the leaders of that nation.
– Swamy Chinmayananda from Holy Gita , Ready Reference
“As the world is lifted, as a new template is claimed, what you know of, what you have believed would always be there, must be reckoned with. And a reckoning, a facing of oneself and one’s creations, must indeed extend to the manifest world and what humanity has claimed in a need to control, in a need to justify greed or authority over others. And the walls will tremble, yes, but they are the walls of separation. And when they fall, they may be re-known in a higher way.