Category Archives: American culture and ideals

Why memorize the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States?

To the dedicated fans of The Tightwire Guy blog (however small the whole number is that represents the size of that population): I apologize for not posting an new entry in over a week. I am currently working on a … Continue reading

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On a compassion-focused revision to the Pledge of Allegiance

Since my post that discusses why I believe the Constitution of my country was founded on the principle of compassion, I’ve been thinking how the Pledge of Allegiance of the United States might be revised to best reflect that notion. … Continue reading

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Why I believe the US Constitution is fundamentally motivated by compassion

Recently, I have given much thought to the question of what principle fundamentally motivated the founding of my country, the United States of America. When exploring that question, I find myself inexorably drawn to referring to the motivating statement of … Continue reading

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Some videos I watched on MLK Day

Yesterday was MLK Day, and I was thinking about that means to me for a few days now. My first thoughts were of how learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. life, and the thoughts he shared with others — with … Continue reading

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On the abuse of Ignorance in a Democracy

I’ve been in a funk lately.  Yes, a funk.  In large part because I am troubled by the persistence of ignorance in my country, and the effect it has on the long-term health of my country.  I can only hope … Continue reading

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On being an ‘American’: Why I believe the Passion is contagious

Truth be told: I was born in the United States, am a U.S. citizen, and have often ranted and railed against many things about my country that upset me.  Despite doing so–including criticisms of my government, my fellow citizens, and … Continue reading

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On battling For and Against our Self-Interest: “Why We Fight”

An article published in the Wall Street Journal yesterday reminded me of how often I have been challenged to put aside my self-interest when protecting it clearly was against the interests of those I love.  It’s just part of being … Continue reading

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The Tiger Mom again: On an American parenting school reform Fail

In her Wall Street Journal essay from a month ago, the Tiger Mom criticized ‘Western’ parents for catering to what makes their children feel good.  A corollary to this notion is that American parents don’t want to be hassled by … Continue reading

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A Tiger Mom’s rant and Learning Styles: Are they related?

Everyone is special in their special own way. Sound familiar?  If you’ve been following the ‘Tiger Mom’ controversy, it probably is.  Because a few weeks ago, Yale law professor and self-described ‘Chinese’ Tiger Mother, Amy Chua, shared with the world … Continue reading

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An Egyptian lesson on Interests versus Ideals

If you been seen the news about the crisis unfolding in Egypt, you may have learned that: The uprising is calling for the ouster of a regime that it considers highly repressive, The U.S. is a key ally of Egypt, … Continue reading

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