Seven Ways of Wasting Time to be Guarded Against
1. Indefinite musing
2. Anticipating needlessly
3. Needless speculation
4. Indulgence in reluctance to begin a duty
5. In doubtful cases, not deciding at once
6. Musing needlessly on what has been said or done, or what may be
7. Spending time in reveries which should be spent in prayer
Mary Lyon - Founder, Mount Holyoke Female Seminary
Mary Lyon was one of the most influential education pioneers in American history, having started Mount Holyoke Female Seminary (which officially became Mount Holyoke College in 1889). Mount Holyoke's high educational standards led to it being called one of the "Seven Sisters" women's schools of higher learning, on par with male Ivy League counterparts. There was a focus on English grammar, math, US history, and geography. It was unheard of at the time for women to take seven courses of science and math in order to graduate. Students were required to bring:
Mary Lyon was determined to empower women through education and hard work. What a sharp contrast to this period where a new report from Heritage points to more than 70% of government spending going toward dependency programs. What a sharp contrast to the idea of lowering educational standards and focusing on community colleges. What a sharp contrast to the narrative that we are not a nation of rugged individuals but a collective that must somehow allow the government to guide our lives, even usurp our religious beliefs. The thing is this is the perfect time for a government looking to rule all aspects of our lives to set up their campaign.
Our economy held at the right time, but we are but a shadow of our former greatness.
In so many ways it feels like the country has put it on pause, just kind of waiting to be inspired, to be motivated to try harder. It feels like we're marking time and have been since after the tech bubble crashed. But this affliction actually goes back further than that in society at large and in corporate America. We put it in neutral. We kick problems, like cans, down the road and don't buy time as much as indulge in reluctance. We speculate and assume the worse, and take action to bandage wounds we have yet to suffer. We are afraid and doubtful as much as we are indifferent and confused.
Source of Inspiration
"Thus the whole day long till the setting of the sun the gods feasted, nor did their heart lack anything of the equal feast, nor of the beauteous lyre, that Apollo held, nor yet of the Muses, who sang, replying one to the other with sweet voices." - "Iliad" Homer
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