We Must Equip Our Youth to Thrive in a Changing World
Words of wisdom from FDR: "We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future."
Today's words of wisdom come from former American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945), whom we assume you've probably heard of.
The quote below, derived from a 1940 address to the University of Pennsylvania, signals that our dream of creating a perfect future for our children isn't entirely realizable. With that understood, it's entirely possible — heck, it's imperative — to equip our children with the knowledge, skills, and support necessary to make their world a better place. This is a very "fishers of men" kind of quote perfectly suited for the trials and opportunities of the modern world.
How many kids today are taught to code before high school? How many high school graduates enter the real world with little to no knowledge about personal finance? Are our children prepared with the necessary resilience skills to exist and compete on a global stage?
We can't always make the world the way we want, but we can prepare our youth for what it will be.
"We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future."
The Russian-built FEDOR was launched on a mission to help ISS astronauts.
Most people think human extinction would be bad. These people aren't philosophers.
- A new opinion piece in The New York Times argues that humanity is so horrible to other forms of life that our extinction wouldn't be all that bad, morally speaking.
- The author, Dr. Todd May, is a philosopher who is known for advising the writers of The Good Place.
- The idea of human extinction is a big one, with lots of disagreement on its moral value.
Picking up where we left off a year ago, a conversation about the homeostatic imperative as it plays out in everything from bacteria to pharmaceutical companies—and how the marvelous apparatus of the human mind also gets us into all kinds of trouble.
- "Prior to nervous systems: no mind, no consciousness, no intention in the full sense of the term. After nervous systems, gradually we ascend to this possibility of having to this possibility of having minds, having consciousness, and having reasoning that allows us to arrive at some of these very interesting decisions."
- "We are fragile culturally and socially…but life is fragile to begin with. All that it takes is a little bit of bad luck in the management of those supports, and you're cooked…you can actually be cooked—with global warming!"