I am a man of faith, and a man of science. For me, scientific and spiritual views are compatible. Otherwise, how else can you answer these questions:
- Why is there something instead of nothing?
- Why are we here?
It’s truly amazing if not a miracle that the universe follows mathematical algorithms so precise that we can use these algorithms to land a man on the moon. Both science and spiritual are at work here, because something must be behind all this. It could not be a random accident.
I don’t know the answer, but I have “faith” that there is a profound truth behind it all that is outside scientific explanation.
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Instead of saving $100K-$200K per kid to go to college, start teaching them how to master the skills of the lifetime online learner:
- How to master independent study and research
- How to master using the computer, software, and mobile devices
- How to create and exploit one’s personal and professional networks
- How to supplement online learning with daily engagement in the real world
- How to achieve a healthy balance between the virtual and real worlds
- How to survive and thrive in a rapidly disrupting world with new rules
- How to define success for yourself, not by others
Take a look around at a family restaurant: see that mom on a smartphone, dad on an iPad, and every child plugged-in and tuned-out? What can a parent do to take back family time?
My suggestion is to not “replace a gadget with gadget,” but to replace a gadget with your own innate creativity and sense of humor.
In the growing-up years of our kids, as a family we gave up TV for Lent (40 days, 40 nights) and we had dinner at the table every night during that period. The conversation during dinner was amazing and then instead of running to the TV after dinner, our kids would put on a skit each night. My wife and I would sit on the stairs and the kids would perform in the entranceway….. it was their “stage”. We laughed till we cried! It was the most amazing time and a beautiful unintended consequence was that we all dreamed like never before and woke up each morning to share our wild dreams with each other at breakfast.
We carried on this tradition for over 10 years until our kids hit high school, but during that time the togetherness, creativity, joy, and laughter we shared was truly special and are now fond memories we love to reminisce and laugh about today.
The only gadget we needed was our brain, the ultimate gadget!
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