John Calvin

The Unexamined Life is Not Worth Living

Socrates quote, the unexamined life is not worth living, self-awareness

The unexamined life is not worth living.


This is one of the most quoted lines of ancient philosophy. It may also be one of the most neglected. Our lives are busy, the pace of each day is frantic, distractions and interruptions are constant, silence and solitude rare, and the ways of deep reflection that is both critical-analytical and existential-imaginative have virtually disappeared.

Life is beautiful and vast.
There is mystery and messiness all around... and within.
There are many things that matter most which deserve careful and frequent attention.

True Wisdom - I Wonder If You Have It?

I Know You Need It!

For Daniel Goleman and John Calvin, it involves Self-Awareness
First - Goleman. When Daniel Goleman reminded us that effective leadership that is emotionally healthy - begins with Self-Awareness, he had not stumbled on a new insight. It was a piece of wisdom that the great philosophers and theologians of history already knew. Goleman simply put it into a psychological framework (and a very helpful one I might add).

Writing as a Way to learn

I am a writer. I write all the time. This goes as far back as the time when I began to be a "serious learner." No one told me to write. I just started doing it. And I found that writing was a CORE pathway, a technique for me to:

  • learn,
  • to process,
  • to reflect in a way that produced forward movement.
  • to advance my understanding,
  • to refine my ability to communicate the ideas to others.

Later I became an avid (Raving) fan of journaling. I journal (almost) every day. My journals are a wonderful mixture of prayers, reflections, drafts of posts, articles, essays, lessons... they reveal my thinking, my affections, my struggles, my journey... they are a record to which i return and from which I move on.

So I was intrigued with the quote from John Calvin that comes from his Institutes. 

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