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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.