The unexamined life is not worth living.
My dearest Shosh and Jaialai:
When I was young, each night before going to sleep, your maternal grandmother had us reexamine our day. We would think of things we did well, and things that needed improvement. This, of course, is a recipe for insomnia. (Your grandmother only slept 3-4 hours each night, and I fear I have picked up a similar habit.)
Don’t reexamine your life at night. But do make it a practice to regularly reassess your life, your goals, your conducts, your beliefs and understandings, etc.
Thomas Jefferson once said,
I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.
What is said of laws and institutions are also true of man. As you grow and develop, learn new theories, become more enlightened, you must also reexamine yourself, your values, and your beliefs. Are they in keeping with what you now know, not what you knew a year prior?
Think deeply for yourselves. Life is dynamic, as is knowledge. What might be true when you are five, may no longer be valid when you are ten. Ask questions. Talk to people. Learn from all you meet.
Remember, you are the boss of you. No one else. Be the amazing young men I know you can be.
All my love, always,