Perhaps you, like me, dislike the phrase 'social skills', which suggests people good at cocktail party talk or adept at selling you things you don't need. Still, there are social skills of a more serious sort. These run the gamut of listening, behaving tactfully, finding points of agreement and managing disagreement, or avoiding frustration in a difficult discussion. All these activities have a technical name: they are called 'dialogic skills'. . . . Modern society is 'de-skilling' people in practicing cooperation.--Richard Sennett, Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation
Consider the Founder's saying: "Loyalty and devotion lead to bravery. Bravery leads to the spirit of self-sacrifice. The spirit of self-sacrifice creates trust in the power of love." It suggests that cultivation of one virtue can engender others. Just now I am pondering the question: what does Gratitude lead to?
A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests with nothing. Defeat means to defeat the mind of contention that we harbor within.
—Morihei Ueshiba, O'Sensei
I watched Don Levine's interview. It was excellent. Among other things, it shifts attention to our own behaviors and attitudes that must change in fundamental ways before we can help to change Ethiopia.
—Dr. Aklog Birru
What is needed for free minds is discipline, discipline which forms the habits which enable the mind to operate well. Nothing better can be said on this subject than the concise statement of John Dewey. "The discipline," he said, "that is identical with trained power is also identical with freedom."
—Robert Maynard Hutchins, 1943
Simmel's approach to the study of society is vulnerable in three respects that a Parsonian critique readily reveals. . . . On the other hand, Parson's approach to the study of society is vulnerable in certain respects that a Simmelian critique readily reveals. . . . Even when it may prove impossible to combine the divergent approaches of the two authors in a single interpretive framework where one is dominant and the other subordinate, the social analyst may benefit from alternating the two perspectives when considering some particular set of phenomena.
—Donald N Levine (1991) 2011