The Top 10 Things I Have Learned as a Ph.D. Student

1. Everything I have been taught is a lie, or at least an illusion.
2. Wisdom and understanding are more important than knowledge.
3. Truth is an elusive mystery.
4. I am not as smart as I thought I was.
5. I am smarter than I thought I was.
6. Lao Tzu and Socrates were right – the more I know, the less I understand and the only true wisdom is knowing that I know nothing.
7. My mind is but an ornery grain of sand on the splendid beach of scholarship.
8. I can’t imagine having enough time to thoroughly explore and learn everything that interests me.
9. Learning is a process of awakening.
10. Qualitative research is just as valuable — to me and to others — as quantitative research (yay!).

The Tao of Political Leadership

“The female overcomes the male with
Lying low in stillness.
Therefore if a great country gives way
to a smaller country,
It will conquer the smaller country.
And if a small country submits to a
great country,
It can conquer the great country.”
— Tao te Ching
How would a Taoist view influence politics and activism? Why are we so afraid to submit? Why do we allow fear to govern our private and public lives? Why do we grasp and cling to our ideas? What would happen if we let go?