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February 28, 2012

Philosophical advice from one generation to the next

Filed under: Philosophy — Mike Kueber @ 12:35 pm
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I recently blogged about the philosophical advice that Barbara Bush gave to the Wellesley College graduates in a commencement address in 1990.  My dad never went to college, but he was a philosophical sort of guy.  In 1977, as his four boys were in their 20s, he handed them the following short note that contained his philosophy of life:



Dear Mark, Greg, Mike, and Kelly 

            I hope you have a good life.  Believe in God.  If you marry, to love and take good care of your wife.  If you have children, spend time with them because you only have them a little while.

            Make friends and try to keep them.  They are nice to have when you are down or have trouble.  Never think you are better than anyone and help people when they are down.

                                    Love and Prayers



Dad’s note reflects his priorities in life.  He died of emphysema in 1996, and kept those priorities to the end.  He surely lived an examined life.

Coincidentally, I am at almost the same place in life as Dad was back in 1977 – i.e., my fourth and last son has just started college.  But I am not as settled as Dad was, so I am not ready to dispense any advice to my kids yet.  Maybe I’ll save it for the grandkids.






  1. Don’t keep your advice from your sons. One day, it will have great meaning to them.

    You have learned much and have wisdom to impart. Even should it be an edit of your father’s wisdom.

    Friends, love, and joy are infinitely more significant and important than 80-hour work weeks.

    Comment by bobbevard — February 28, 2012 @ 4:24 pm | Reply

  2. I agree with bobbevard that friends, love & joy are important, but I believe that family is of greater value. I believe your kids have learned much from their dad, hopefully they will follow in their Papa’s footsteps.

    Comment by Debbie — February 29, 2012 @ 4:31 am | Reply

  3. Mike,

    is there really anything to add to your father’s timeless and infinite wisdom? maybe, love nature too…


    Comment by Q — March 3, 2012 @ 2:52 pm | Reply

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