A more balanced approach [to education] understands that the well-being of the individual is essential for the health of a society and reciprocally, a healthy society invites the flowering of diverse human potential. I think we can find some real agreement around these two fundamental ideas and unpack an integrative vision. As part of that vision of the individual is the need to develop the inner life.

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Contemplation is the highest expression of man’s intellectual and spiritual life. It is that life itself, fully awake, fully active, fully aware that it is alive. It is spiritual wonder. It is spontaneous awe at the sacredness of life, of being. It is gratitude for life, for awareness and for being. It is a vivid realization of the fact that life and being in us proceed from an invisible, transcendent, and infinitely abundant source.

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