READ MORE, ASK MORE, LEARN MORE…ABOUT EVERYTHING. NOT BECAUSE WE WILL BE TESTED ON SUBJECT MATTERS, OR THAT WE WILL BECOME AN EXPERTS, OR BECAUSE WE WILL NEED TO APPLY THE INFORMATION. IT’S IN ORDER FOR US TO ASK MORE INTELLIGENT AND PENETRATING QUESTIONS, IN ORDER TO STIMULATE THOUGHT, STRENGTHEN RIGOROUS THINKING PROCESSES, AND IN ORDER TO DEVELOP RICHER IMAGINATIONS AND DEEPER INSIGHTS AND CONNECTIONS. MAYBE, JUST AS IMPORTANTLY, IT IS IN ORDER TO KEEP WONDER ALIVE AND FOR US NOT TO BE SO EASILY FOOLED, OR FOR US TO BECOME FOOLS.

Charles Tadros, M.D. June 18, 2022 Saint Louis, Missouri

W. E. B. DU BOIS

“WE SHOULD MEASURE THE PROSPERITY OF A NATION NOT BY THE NUMBER OF MILLIONAIRES, BUT BY THE ABSENCE OF POVERTY, THE PREVALENCE OF HEALTH, THE EFFICIENCY OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO CAN AND DO READ WORTHWHILE BOOKS.” (One does not have to believe or agree with every action or thoughtContinue reading “W. E. B. DU BOIS”

THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH YEARS IN OUR LIVES IN ORDER TO LEARN AND UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING THAT WE NEED TO KNOW IN ORDER TO SURVIVE, LET ALONE BE SUCCESSFUL. THIS IS WHY WE LEVERAGE OUR LIMITED TIME AND KNOWLEDGE BY READING EXCELLENT BOOKS, WRITTEN BY AUTHORS WHO HAVE EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, AND TALENT. WE ALSO LISTEN TO AND SPEAK WITH THOSE WITH THESE SAME CHARACTERISTICS. WE EXPOSE OURSELVES, AND HOPEFULLY ABSORB, YEARS OF KNOWLEDGE WITHIN A FEW MINUTES TO A FEW HOURS. IF WE CHOOSE, WE DO NOT HAVE TO MAKE MISTAKES OR SUFFER UNNECESSARILY, WHEN WE AVAIL OURSELVES OF THE HARD-WON KNOWLEDGE OF OTHERS, WHOM WE TRUST.

One pivotal decision is knowing what to read and to whom to listen. Another significant decision is when to read, or listen to, contrarian information or contrarian views. Maybe we should be listening to contrarian information all the time? Reading and listening to contrarian views may change our minds, or may help us strengthen theContinue reading “THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH YEARS IN OUR LIVES IN ORDER TO LEARN AND UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING THAT WE NEED TO KNOW IN ORDER TO SURVIVE, LET ALONE BE SUCCESSFUL. THIS IS WHY WE LEVERAGE OUR LIMITED TIME AND KNOWLEDGE BY READING EXCELLENT BOOKS, WRITTEN BY AUTHORS WHO HAVE EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, AND TALENT. WE ALSO LISTEN TO AND SPEAK WITH THOSE WITH THESE SAME CHARACTERISTICS. WE EXPOSE OURSELVES, AND HOPEFULLY ABSORB, YEARS OF KNOWLEDGE WITHIN A FEW MINUTES TO A FEW HOURS. IF WE CHOOSE, WE DO NOT HAVE TO MAKE MISTAKES OR SUFFER UNNECESSARILY, WHEN WE AVAIL OURSELVES OF THE HARD-WON KNOWLEDGE OF OTHERS, WHOM WE TRUST.”

SOME PEOPLE LEARN LIFE’S LESSONS BY READING, WATCHING, LISTENING, AND SPEAKING WITH OTHERS. OTHER PEOPLE LEARN THEIR LIFE LESSONS BY DOING AND EXPERIENCING (often, requiring repeated exposures). OUR PARENTS HOPE THAT THE FORMER IS ENOUGH FOR US, BUT MANY OF US SEEM TO RESPOND ONLY TO THE LATTER.

Charles Tadros, M.D. September 11, 2021 Saint Louis, Missouri

WE CAN AVOID MUCH PAIN, COST AND DELAY WHEN WE READ, UNDERSTAND AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS IN INSTRUCTION MANUALS, RECIPES, PRODUCT INSERTS, MAPS AND HELP SITES.

Charles Tadros, M.D. April 28, 2021 Saint Louis, Missouri