By Morton Hunt
“KEEP YOUR fears to yourself, but share your courage.” In our day of soul-baring confession books and television dramas in which the most personal problems are nearly solved through self-disclosure, that advice of Robert Louis Stevenson may sound old-fashioned.
But Stevenson had a point. And lately a number of experts who are called upon professionally to observe fear-doctors to observe fear-doctors, psychologists, marriage counselors, social workers-wonder whether we haven’t been talking about our fears too much. Fear grips all of us at some time during our lives; fear illness, of financial disaster, of inadequacy, of death, even of the intangible or inexplicable. Though these experts agree that there are a good many times when it may be necessary to express our disturbing fears to others, they feel that often the course of wisdom is to keep them to ourselves. Read more →
By Morton Hunt “KEEP YOUR fears to yourself, but share your courage.” In our day of soul-baring confession books and television dramas ...
By Morton Hunt
It’s true. Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have been hanging outwith each other again. According to new reports, the on-again and off-again couple praised the lord together at a bible study class in Los Angeles Wednesday night. It all went down at the City Church, shortly before Justin posted that picture of the two of them kissing.
A source told the Daily Mirror, “The pair sat next to each other while partaking in Bible study and seemed very close. They then left together in Bieber’s car.”
“Justin looked really comfortable with Selena as he still thinks their bond is unbreakable and knows that Selena will always love him,” the source continued. Justin pretty much confirmed the holy news, taking to Twitter to post, “God is good,” shortly after their study. That was retweeted by his fans 68,000 times.
All of this comes just two months after the Biebs was baptized in a New York bathroom. Since then, he and Selena have both been spotted out with other rumored lovers. Do you think this new hangout and pic means Justin and Selena are back together? Chime in.
By William l. Nichols
When I was a boyI used to think that somewhere out ahead lay a magic moment when one would be grown up and know all the answers. At that point life would be easy: no more doubts, no more uncertainties; in any given situation one would know exactly what to do.
Since then many years have gone by, and the only thing I have really learned is that moment of absolute certainly never comes. Along the way, while looking for the answers I had the pleasure of knowing the late president of Harvard, A. Lawrence Lowell, and some of his salty sayings.
By Hilton Gregory
It came in the mail with a collection of bills. Hundreds of copies of it must have gone out to residents of the suburb I live in, announcing that the local historical society wanted volunteer researchers. I let the letter slide into the wastebasket.
Then something made me fetch it out again. Within a week, I was on a study committee. Soon I was writing a paper, delivering a speech meeting new friends. But the most remarkable thing is what the experience did for my outlook and feelings. I found that my spirit soared, borne aloft by the new interest.
<strong>About that time,</strong> I read a sketch of Ralph Waldo Emerson. I learned that as a sickly youth he had been given up by the doctors. He went south to die-“yet still his spirit soared. Read more →
By Harriet La Barre
LUCK IS largely the result of taking appropriate action. When we’re passive, when we don’t take sufficient charge of our affairs. We’re victims of all kinds of back luck. Take, for example, a woman who complained that the dry cleaner ruined her slacks. “He ruined a suit of mine, too,” she told me, unconsciously revealing that she knew she was taking chances with this particular cleaner. My other friend, who got involved in her neighbor’s problems and wasted the day, revealed her pattern by her comment: “It always happens.” She allowed it to happen. Read more →
By Robert L.Heilbroner
ARE criminals more likely to be dark than blond? Can a person’s nationality be guessed from his photograph? Does the fact that a person wears horn-rimmed glasses imply that he is intelligent? The answer to each of these questions is obviously, “No.”
Yet, from the evidence, many of us believe these and other equally absurd generalizations. Aren’t all Latins excitable all Swedes stolid all Irish hot-tempered? Think about any group of people-mothers-in-law, teen-agers, truck drivers bankers-and a standardized picture forms in our heads.
These stereotypes by which we commonly picture professions nationalities races religions, are closely related to the dark world of prejudice-which means prejudgment. We prejudge people before we ever lay eyes on them. Read more →
By Evan Hill
THE ELECTRICIAN wiring my new house worked swiftly and efficiently. But I asked him, “Couldn’t you put those outlets in closer to the floor? Six inches down, perhaps, where they won’t be so conspicuous?” He shook his head. “No,” he said, “it’s the code –the electrical code. They’ve got to be this height.” “State law?” I asked. He nodded. “Town, too.”
Next day I made a few telephone calls. Our state building code did not specify anything about the height of outlets. Our little town did not even have a building code. What the electrician referred to must have been just a local contractor’s custom. What difference did it make, six inches up or down? Not much, perhaps. Still the electrician had been inaccurate about a matter in which he should be expert, and so had undercut my trust in him. If he made an obvious error like that, that I could see what might be hidden behind the walls where I couldn’t check? And what about the accuracy of the bill? Read more →
By Jerome L. Singer
LET’S PEEK inside the minds of the busy Johnson family after breakfast on a balmy April day. Mr. Johnson is on the bus heading for work, but in his thoughts he is sailing a yacht. White-capped waves splash about him, canvas flutters in the wind. “Must come about!” he thinks, and leans on the tiller only to find that the bus has stopped and people are pushing to the exit.
Terry, the Johnsons’ five-year-old, is on his way to school. As he walks he stretches out his arms, makes airplane sounds and zigzags along hedges shouting, “curse you, Red baron!” Mrs. Johnson is clearing up breakfast dishes. Suddenly she is standing on a moo-drenched patio beneath tall coconut palms, her body swaying to the rhythm of a Haitian meringue. A tall, lithe stranger leans close and whispers, “Mademoiselle would care to dance?” then the telephone rings, and it’s the plumber to say he can’t make it to fix the leaky faucet today. Read more →
By J. D. Ratcliff
WORRY about your memory? Go into a room and forget what you came for, go blank on names mislay things? Something on the tip of your tongue, but you can’t pry it off? Don’t fret. You are perfectly normal. Said psychologist Gordon H. Bower of Stanford University: “It is the nature of the mind to forget-and the nature of man to worry about his forgetfulness.”
Actually, you have a prodigious memory. In a few cubic inches your brain stores much more information than can be stored in a large computer installation costing millions. Further it can do things that would stump any present-day computer: remember how burning leaves smell, or how a chocolate sunder tastes. One researcher calculates the brain’s storage capacity at one quadrillion Read more →