The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
~ William James
My dearest Shosh and Jaialai:
These days, with the election mere days away, the media is full of noise. Everyone is shouting and trying to drown out the others. Their clever retorts often reveal their lack of wisdom.
Donald J. Trump proudly acknowledges he did not pay a dime in federal income taxes for years on end. He insists he merely exploited tax loopholes legally available to any billionaire — loopholes he says Hillary Clinton failed to close during her years in the United States Senate. “Why didn’t she ever try to change those laws so I couldn’t use them?” Mr. Trump asked during a campaign rally last month.
Turner was convicted in March of three felony counts: assault with the intent to commit rape of an unconscious person, sexual penetration of an unconscious person and sexual penetration of an intoxicated person.
Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Even toddlers and young children know this. Yet, these days, we hear too many adults, who should know better, excuse their poor behaviors by blaming others.
Don’t. Remember, what you say or do reflects on you! Further, a “wise man know what not to say.” Confucius.
Be wise. Do what’s right, regardless of the circumstances. This includes censuring yourself if what you want to say or do is not helpful, kind, and truthful. As Father Dave used to say, do or say something only if what you will say or do is helpful, kind, and truthful. He is a wise man.
All my love, always,