Archives For Woodrow Wilson

What’s Old Is New….

March 21, 2015

Cleaning up Politics - Wilson

I see in the headlines that a New Jersey Senator is in trouble for passing out favors to his rich friends. The photo above was taken at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library a few years ago. President Wilson started out his political career as governor of NJ. It is obvious from this shot that they had similar problems one-hundred years ago.

All Of Us…

October 19, 2013

Person waving American flagAmerica is not anything if it consists of each of us. It is something only if it consists of all of us.

Woodrow Wilson

I wish our politicians in Washington would look seriously at the words above from Woodrow Wilson. They were spoken almost a century ago but are as true today as they were then.

Synergy is a term I am somewhat fond of but seldom get to use it. It means the working together of two or more things to produce an effect greater than the sum of their individual effects.  That is at the core of the quote above.  The reason that America has been a great nation in this world is that we have accepted and even celebrated our diversity. Individually we just a nation of about 300 million different people but when we look beyond our individual self to the common good we are much more.  We seem to have lost that concept lately at least inside of our nation’s capital if not throughout the land. I pray that some day soon we come to understand it once again. We should be celebrating our differences not hating each other because of them…

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You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.   — Woodrow Wilson

I am falling back on to one of my primary heroes in life and that is President Woodrow Wilson.  He like some other that followed was totally immersed in altruism. That is he was more concerned about his fellow man than he really was about himself or his own greatness.  Many seem to go through their lives as if they were the only thing that mattered in this world.  They live their lives in such a self-centered mode as to degrade their very existence.

We Christians must always remember the Great Commandments to love God and to love each other. Jesus told us this is the very meaning of life.  I’m sure my friends of other faith beliefs can cite similar commands in their respective religions. We are not merely to go through life just making a living. We are here to enable the world , the whole world, to live more peaceably and with a spirit of hope. We all need to remember that we, if only in small ways, can help achieve this task.

Don’t impoverish yourself by forgetting that errand……

Borrowing….

December 26, 2012
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I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow. —  Woodrow Wilson

BrainstormI know Ben Franklin said to be neither a lender or a borrower but simply speaking he was just plain wrong about that when you put it in context to the Woodrow Wilson quote above.  When you borrow wisdom from others it is definitely not a bad thing.  That’s called pragmatism and in my mind that is definitely a good thing.  But this is an area that we Americans have a LOT to learn. We just can’t seem to learn from other’s wisdom or experiences. Particularly those beyond our shores.

The rest of the world has pretty much figured out how to contain their healthcare costs but we in the United States stubbornly refuse to learn from them. Instead we blame our bloated healthcare costs on Medicare and those seniors who are gobbling up our health dollars.

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Let’s close out the month with a quote by one of my heroes, Woodrow Wilson.

If you want to make enemies, try to change something. 
Woodrow Wilson

Change, even though it is coming at such a fast pace in the twenty-first century makes just as many enemies today as it did one hundred years ago when Wilson made this comment.

We now move on with our recent vacation trip through Virginia. I must admit that I have been to this State several times and even to a couple of the sites we visited. But one city I had not been to was Staunton, Virginia. Among other things with was the birthplace of one of my heroes Woodrow Wilson. I’m sure not too many people put Wilson on such a pedestal but I admire him for his wisdom and foresight. Wilson spent the majority of his adult life in New Jersey as president of Princeton University and as Governor. He was president of the U.S. from 1913 to 1921. This period spanned World War I. He is the only president to hold a Ph.D.  Some of his accomplishments as president were Federal Reserve Act, the Federal Trade Commission Act, and of course his valiant attempt to start the League of Nations, which was the precursor to the U.N. All of these things proved essential to our lives today.But during his day Wilson was somewhat scorned for his radical ideas. Here is a little bit from Wikipedia about him:

A Presbyterian of deep religious faith, Wilson appealed to a gospel of service and infused a profound sense of moralism into his idealistic internationalism, now referred to as “Wilsonianism“. Wilsonianism calls for the United States to enter the world arena to fight for democracy, and has been a contentious position inAmerican foreign policy.[2] Scholars and experts rank him highly as president–on average as the #6 best president.

For some reasons we Americans have found it difficult to get behind our more intellectual leaders. Wilson was certainly no exception. If only we valued wisdom in our presidents the same way as much of other cultures value wisdom in their aged population.

So here is to you Woodrow. I know you only lived in the house I visited for about a year but it was nice to get even this kind of link to you.