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'To Bless All Mankind'

Balance begins with God

I was exhausted. I’d worked until almost midnight, come home, slept for an hour and a half, and now I was sitting in my study at 2:30 a.

For young or old, the 21st-century workplace is a challenge

A new French law that took effect January 1 asks employers to protect their workers from having to respond to work-related texts or emails after office hours. But the well-intentioned legislation may end up being no more effective than was the decree of medieval King Canute as he watched the ocean’s tides disobey his command to cease their advance.

Listening to, and loving, one another

The Greek philosopher Epictetus said, “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. ” It’s useful advice.

The power in welcoming alternative views

Perhaps no other part of US government has had to learn the value of encouraging differing points of views—and then listening to them—as much as the Central Intelligence Agency. A core strength of democratic government lies in its humility to welcome alternative ideas, even to pursue them.

The power behind unselfed love

The editorial on the facing page gives us a hint about how we can work toward greater peace and harmony in our neighborhoods and, by extension, our world. One statement reads, “No matter how you measure it, civic engagement is the bedrock of social peace and economic prosperity.

The measure of civic virtues in a lost letter

Researchers around the world keep trying new ways to measure how much people care for others in their community, or what’s called civic engagement. Take an experiment around Perth, an Australian city.

Truth and fake news

Recent world events have brought the problem of fake news—information that is misleading or false but designed to be taken as truth—to the fore. There’s another kind of fake news that for too long has gotten away with being seen as credible—“news” coming to us daily through the physical senses, including the news about our own health.

Seeking truth, 21st-century style

Last year, the Oxford Dictionaries declared post-truth as the international word of the year. Worries have grown that people are losing some common definition of what is true.

The vital role of education to global prosperity

As a new English as a second language teacher of nine- and ten-year-olds in Texas many years ago, I was profoundly aware of the large gap between my students and those in the mainstream classes. So it was heartwarming when one of my former students found me on Facebook recently to share that she had graduated from college with a professional degree.

Why ten-year-old girls can lift the world

Speaking at a conference in October, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai recalled a childhood friend in Pakistan who was forced to marry at age 11, ending her life as a school student. Ms.