Putting yourself in someone elses shoes

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.”
– George Washington Carver

Everyone at one point or another has heard the phrase, “put yourself on someone else’s shoes.” I think that goes beyond that just point of view, but really trying to look at situations in the sense of what has made that person get to that point. I like it more when it is said, “Before you criticize people, you should walk a mile in their shoes.” Beyond that I think that the quote from this post is a lot more touching, sometimes we forget that we were young, or weak, or strong, or that some day we will all be old if we are blessed by living a long life.

Don’t ever forget to spend time with your children, remember how hard it was when your parents were not around. Be kind to your grandparents, someday you will be in that position and you then will understand. This quote really touched me and I hope it touches you too.

Patience

“How are we to be patient with our partner’s, our children’s, our friends’, and our neighbors’ faults if we are impatient in dealing with our own? They who are fretted by their own failings will not correct them. All profitable correction comes from a calm and peaceful mind.” – St. Francis de Sales

Well, I have not put a quote out here in a while so I tought it will be a good entry today. I have been dealing with stuff at work and I tought that a quote on patience will help me out a lot. This one is a very good entry and my interpretation of it is that before we can begin to be patient towards others we have to be patient with ourselves. I can be really introspective at times, and I do see a lot of my faults. I try to work on them but this quote reminds me of being patient with myself, so that I can also be patient towards other.

Are you patient with yourself?

Anger

From the TV show Dharma & Greg, First posted at SnazzyKat’s Blog:

“Anger is like a little puppy, Greg. If you don’t let him out, he will piddle on the carpet of your soul.” – Dharma’s mother

This quote craked me up, but it has a lot of truth attached to it. I am all into releasing anger, I miss taekwondo very much, need to get back into it.

Do computers help us or hinder critical thinking?

“Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.”
– Pablo Picasso

Computers are moving us forward, they are making us more productive than we have ever been… or are they?

I used to think that human interaction was being stopped by computers until I joing a motorcycle message board. Then I got to meet a lot of people that I called friends around the Chicago area. Then when I moved to Michigan I met a lot of new friends using the message boards and different chat services. So are the computers killing human interaction or redifining it?

Like Picasso said, computers are really useless they can only give you answers. We are the ones that present them with the questions, we are the critical thinking minds that drive them. Even artificial intelligence is just a poor attempt to mirror our capabilities. Would it ever be possible to create a machine that can do critical thinking?

Free Will?

“The word “choice” is a fraud while people choose only what they have been taught to choose.”
– Idries Shah

I have been giving this a lot of thought in the past weeks. I love the idea of free will, it really makes me feel alive… but how much of it is actual. I think we are all shaped on one way or another by the way we are brought up and our environment. So are our choices really choices or just predestined responses by what we have been taught.

What do you think?