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Philosophically, I agree with pope

Philosophy is a kind of high-fangled word for a dairy farm boy who ended up obtaining a doctorate degree and being a college professor, among other things along the way.

I took some advanced philosophy courses at the University of Minnesota and Washington State University. and had a number of different work experiences — dairy farm youth, World War II veteran, aluminum foundry worker, bartender, school bus driver, ice truck driver, secondary school teacher, lab school director and ended up as college professor here at the good old University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Many of those listed were short-time work experiences while attending college at Stout Institute in Menomonie.

My philosophical training melded with the work experiences of this nearly 90-year-old man.

To sum it up, I was fortunate to find the work of Lao Tzu from which I borrowed and melded as follows:

I choose and cherish:

To care.

To be fair.

To be humble.

When a person cares, they are unafraid.

When a person is fair, they leave enough for others.

When they are humble, they can grow

Some people today, unfortunately:

Can be bold without caring,

Indulgent without sharing,

Self-important without shame.

They are, consequently, philosophically and compassionately dead.

Many readers may never have studied philosophy nor read in that field, but unquestionably, they have a philosophy that guides them in the various life decisions they have made, are making and will make in the remainder of their lives.

Most will not have the time or inclination to write it up.

I’d wager that many readers will agree with the following philosophical summary statement.

Luckily, for all of us, most people attempt to live the good, sharing and caring life. Unfortunately, there are some that are selfish and sadly too many, become important people in our lives.

Too often, they can make their case well enough to become government officials and sometimes are able to make, what I believe, are selfish decisions.

Luckily, we live in a democracy and theoretically can have our say. In fact, a democracy stipulates that we make our country’s case as we see it. We have a theoretical democracy.

At this very time in the U.S., we have a plutocracy — where big money is running the show.

We need to protest that and take some authority away from the big corporations, banks and Wall Street. Big money makes decisions that make it possible for them to continue making more money.

The Catholic Pope said in a recent answer to Rush Limbaugh’s criticism of him that the glass large money folk say they will share from when their glass runs over just keeps getting larger and larger for too many wealthy elite. Thus, it never does get full and trickle down to the less financially able.

I’m not Catholic, but I certainly like what the pope has been saying. The last one I’ve heard is his saying, “How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is a news item when the stock market loses two points.”

Bernie Hughes, Ed.D, is a retired educator who resides in Superior. He can be reached at bernie3024@