Life advice from a Child (she gets it).

Via on Apr 20, 2011

Wisdom doesn’t come from years lived.

From the Dept. of Adorable Child’s Life Advice regarding Interconnectedness so Go Do It even if You don’t Know who the Heck She Is.

We’re all connected? Took the Buddha years to realize that one. This girl gets it. Now, you may not know who the heck she is, but go do it.

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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21 Responses to “Life advice from a Child (she gets it).”

  1. TamingAuthor says:

    What timing. You posted this just as I watched a video of kids slightly older struggling with the same concept, except they didn't do so well.

    What amazed me with this video was just how really, really difficult it is to get college age students to think. Their critical reasoning is shot. Kaput. Non existent. This is frightening.
    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/liberal-college-s

    College students were totally on board for tax-the-rich socialism of Obama. They LOVE the idea. Take the money from the rich.

    But when it came to something they considered valuable, their GPA, they were not willing to even consider sharing with others less fortunate. No way. It is mine. I earned it. No way I am going to share the fruit of my labor with those who do not do as well.

    And they failed to see their own hypocrisy. They failed to see how they did not like the same principles applied to them. The sad thing is that they are supporting Democratic Party slogans and policies they will not accept for themselves… there is going to be a lot of suffering in their future when they finally realize how they screwed themselves royally.

    This is the epitome of dumb.

    • dan says:

      Wow, surprised to see you favoring a maximum wage- fantastic idea! And thank goodness we now know how to measure worth- wealth!
      (Of course, there is no real comparison between grades and money. Given that people with more money are more likely to do well, as money can provide the time, stability and safety for a person to preform well and so discouraging the performance of those with less money, I would think designing a system to allow the truly best and brightest to rise unimpeded should be encouraged. But I suppose the retort is that that’s the problem- thinking. That or it’s eugenics by a different name, right?)

      • TamingAuthor says:

        No comparison, Dan? Are you kidding? The student receives a grade as a reward for expending effort and demonstrating competence. In the economy we receive valuables, usually in the form of money (simply a medium of exchange) for our effort and competence. Direct analogy.

        In addition, a GPA (as the students clearly demonstrate) has value that most see translating into better opportunity, better earnings, and ability to do what they would like to do with their life. It is a valuable commodity to the students. (Just ask anyone who tries to get into a prestigious law school whether or not their GPA has tangible value to them.)

        Designing a system that lets the best and brightest rise is exactly what takes place when best efforts and brightest application of skill is rewarded. The horrible choice that faces the students is the opposite of what you propose — in the redistribution model, the best and the brightest are prevented from rising unimpeded.

        If the GPA is redistributed, the students will be hampered when they try to move on. They will not be able to compete in the GPA marketplace. (The look on their faces reflects this reality.) With the redistribution model the student (and wage earner) is discouraged as their effort will not allow them to rise.

        As with so many students who go the ideological route, your sarcasm damages your ability to think through the situation. The sarcasm fills an emotional need, but deals a blow to reason and logic and sound choices.

        • dan says:

          ok ok, it’s a direct analogy if you live in fantasy, a personal lifestyle choice I do respect. I got a grade from an inheritance, put it in savings, and presto- higher grades. I went to the grocer and told of my higher grades, and got a discount on some amazing grades that themselves yielded me even higher grades! I didn’t like the class I was taking, so I asked a friend to take it for me, and we split the grade. I was having a tough time in another class, so I used some of my other grades on tutoring- it was tough but I made it through. I was also able to take my surplus grade and get 51% of another student, giving me control of her grades.
          Grades aren’t a medium of exchange, they are a measure of not-perfect. Some colleges don’t use them, and in others grade inflation is expected. You can be the best, brightest janitor ever and never be a millionaire, so by money=merit, though a boon to any business janitors are worth less than any loafing millionaire. Conservatives don’t seem to mind energy and crop subsidies or driving on roads they didn’t pay for, but when it comes to education and building an infrastructure of intelligence, it’s merit and Social Darwinism all the way- cause that’s how the world works, right! How dare the big bully steal from the good to benefit the bad, they are bad for a reason after all. That among the good are some gigantic greedy sociopath monsters, well, that’s just how the world works.
          The look on their faces is one of, “How is this not a stupid question? In what world is there a real correlation between grades and money?” (And ps. love that Beck’s sarcasm is a strategic choice, but anyone else using it is just using it to distort the debate.)

    • Sarah says:

      In case you missed out on a "liberal" education, here's a nice read: Max Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. Enjoy

      • TamingAuthor says:

        Sarah, typical diversion used to avoid critical thinking. Nothing to do with the example of the video.

        The students, when confronted with the personal decision to have the fruits of their labor divided and redistributed, balk with horror. Yet they are all smiley ideologues when it comes to confiscating and redistributing the wealth of others. Good for thee, but not for me.

        If you have a logical point to make based on Weber, give it a shot. It seems to me, however, that you demonstrate the exact problem shown in the video. You turn away to abstract philosophy in order to not address the real world consequences of policy.

  2. TamingAuthor says:

    More videos like this should be done. It provides a valuable reality check. Socialism always depends on the use of slogans and utopian promises. It depends on fooling an electorate that lacks critical reasoning skills. If the public cannot think through the logical consequences of their choices, they are perfect marks. Then, years later, as in Germany, Russia, and China, they stumble around in a stupor asking "What happened? Where did my utopia go?"

    The next film should take the same theme at the same university but now go to bars and parties, and ask drunk and stoned students if they would like to institute the GPA redistribution model. And then interview them alongside the first group in the video. Maybe Elephant could crack out the cameras…

  3. spiritnetwork2 says:

    AWESOME! Shorty knows whats up! I'm going to join the intergalactic angels – I think I'll begin my quest in Russia> http://www.elephantjournal.com/2011/04/shocking-d

    • TamingAuthor says:

      They were probably aliens that landed during the era of Stalinist communism. They died of fright and then were preserved by the frigid Russian weather. The last message to the home planet was a copy of The Road to Serfdom.

  4. TamingAuthor says:

    Wonder if anyone told the girl in the video about this aspect of being connected? Does she realize what current politicians are doing to "connect" with her future?
    http://governmentgonewild.org/brothercanyousparea

    Seems that if we are connected, we have a responsibility to recognize what we are doing to one another.

  5. TamingAuthor says:

    Similar situation with real world business. When certain states go beyond taxation for infrastructure and services and turn to confiscation and redistribution, they risk losing in the game of exchange. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/is-indiana-about-

    • Cheryl says:

      You seek the light of you on the outside and not on the inside..We can all pontificate about all that is wrong, So start with something perfect…. it lives inside of YOU..just YOU..Your thoughts create. What are you creating???

  6. Cheryl says:

    Well Waylon I loved this video and its enlightened message..We must be like children in this journey called life..Follow your passion and live in bliss.. Sunlight of the Spirit is the the journey within..Namaste…

  7. wind says:

    If by “whatever you want” she means follow our dreams, do big things, then fair enough. If she means try to fly off of a building with nothing but your flapping arms, or steal from your friends and buy a toy to make yourself happy, then oops. It is a heavy burden to expect from a child the wisdom of a lifetime. While they can say a few sentences that have the potential of being profound, the day-to-day application is the only place where “getting it” is achieved. Even for adults, talk is cheap & when all is said and done too often more is said than is done.

  8. Roger Wolsey Roger Wolsey says:

    seems to me that anyone employing critical thinking wouldn't politicize such a lovely video and hijack it to spew their own agendas.

  9. nandop says:

    The video is from 2007, apparently the girl has grown: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9MgP4O8e4E

    Brilliant video, Waylon. Thanks.

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  11. TamingAuthor says:

    Elliott, money is a medium of exchange. It is tied to one's performance, as such performance is how one arrives with products and/or services for which others want to exchange. This is very obvious. The fact that there are those who have hijacked and corrupted the medium of exchange, such as the Federal Reserve, does not diminish the basic fundamentals in play.

    The video makes the point that GPA may be the result of inherited wealth, upbringing, prior education — just like money. They point out to the students that the arguments regarding wealth, such as those you make here, apply equally to their situation.

    If their GPA is considered to be the result not of merit but rather due to these other factors, then they should give up a percentage to those who were less fortunate. This is identical to your argument.

    But the students who expressed a love for the redistribution bandwagon jumped off the minute it was their merit, their work, their earnings in jeopardy. (Even though certain advantages might have contributed to their success.) They no longer saw the world as being unfair to those who did not achieve as they achieved — they were not buying it when it came to them.

    You express the common socialist cry: it is whacked that others' willingness to exchange with you is a function of your merit and productivity. It is better, from the socialist view, to envy others and take from them by force because they certainly could not have actually earned what they have. This leads down a very slippery road into the disasters that socialism has always dumped on nations.

    The students clearly saw the fallacy of socialist redistribution policies but they had a very difficult time reconciling the personal consequences to them with the slogans and rhetoric they had been fed by Marxist professors.

    They realized, from personal experience, that they were being asked to forfeit the results of their hard work to their roommates who were sitting around stoned, watching reruns of the Simpsons. What a nightmare. The horror of it. Fun to watch "reality" bitch slap liberal students. Enough of that painful experience and they will begin harassing Marxist professors who are not about to share their salaries for the common good.

    Check out Hayek. Check out the von Mises Institute. Check out the CATO Institute. There are any number of good sources that can help explain economics.

  12. TamingAuthor says:

    Rob, no one said it was a perfect one-for-one match. That argument misses the point. It deflects from the core issue. The experiment demonstrated that people who advocate the redistribution of wealth, the redistribution of that which is valuable, would not agree to redistribute that which was valuable to them. They were either uneducated or hypocritical.

    As noted above, GPA does translate into wealth, as students see the GPA as an exchangeable item that will allow them, ultimately, to get better jobs and earn more money. (It was not a matter of simple pride. There was a utilitarian aspect to their refusal to share what had value.)

    While there are some mega rich individuals, that is not the situation when it comes to the Marxist redistribution being touted by Washington. The con is to present a couple examples of people with wealth who we find objectionable and then base the argument on that small sample. The reality is that the class warfare envy will affect people that own small businesses, farms, and other less glamorous wealth. The burden will fall on those who work for a living. You fall into the trap of Marxist propaganda that baits envy and a lack of critical thinking.

    And lastly, you make an assertion (once again, typical Marxist propaganda) that I oppose helping the people at the bottom brackets. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is where critical thinking comes into the picture. It turns out, in ALL cases, that Marxist redistribution does not help the poor, but rather ends in increased poverty, and draconian situations of totalitarian control, and often, as with Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and others, the deaths of millions of people.

    The problem we face today is the imposition of Marxist policies that will crush the economy and the society. It is against the disastrous effects of the faulty thinking that leads to crushing the lower class that I argue. Not the reverse. Be careful of the propaganda.

    The sneaky part about Marxism is that the propaganda appeals to baser human emotions, such as envy and jealousy and mob mentality through the use of bright promises of utopia and justice and all those good things … but in reality it is and always has been a scheme to place tremendous power in the hands of a few, the "elite" who feel they know better than anyone else. This has been replayed time and time again. It is simply a way to use mob mentality to destroy liberty and freedom. It is a flat out con job.

    If you care about the poor then figure out how to put an end to big government that acts as a cover for the private bankers that run the Federal Reserve. Check the news and figure out how much interest is being paid daily on the Federal debt, which is being run through the roof as part of the Marxist agenda. Look at the hundreds of billions spent on interest payments… and then ask how we can help the poor. Spend a moment thinking about this…. how do we allow private bankers (the Fed) to create money out of nothing but we (the people, the U.S. Government) owe them for creating that money? If I were to take a sheet of paper and write some symbols on it and tell you Waylon would accept that as exchange for something he has of value … and then I told you that you owed me interest on that piece of paper you would think I was nuts. Well… it is nuts. That is where we all need to go to work in order to help people.

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