Fresh school years starting.  A Canadian federal election in the next few weeks.  Continuing to navigate a global pandemic.  All the things.

In this space, there are discussions happening about what to do next, what steps to take, what is best for the individual, the family, and the community.

I read something Warren Buffet’s friend and partner, investor Charlie Munger, said in a commencement speech.  He said, “I have what I call an ‘iron prescription’ that helps me keep sane when I naturally drift toward preferring one ideology over another.  And that is I say, ‘I’m not entitled to have an opinion on this subject unless I can state the arguments against my position better than the people do who are supporting it.’  I think only when I reach that stage am I qualified to speak.”

That idea of asking someone what assumptions I might have wrong rather than fighting to confirm what I believe is right.

Education happens in schools, but lifelong learning happens everywhere.  Charlie Munger also said, “Wisdom acquisition is a moral duty.”

A moral duty.  To be curious.  To ask questions.  To understand the other side.  To evolve.  To be persuaded to see something in a different light.

May all students and teachers embarking on this new journey grow in ways they never expected.  May folks look at the issues that matter to them and to the global community and then exercise their right to weigh in at the ballot box.  And may we work together to get through the public health waves that will undoubtedly surface over the next few months.  Acquiring wisdom continuously along the way.