Step One- Quote: Wisdom comes alone through suffering. Asechylus
SEL Connection: Students suffer. It’s a fact. They don’t get into the college they want; they are chastised and bullied by other students; they are made to feel small by the way they are talked to by adults. Growing up is a minefield for suffering. At each juncture, though, there are opportunities to learn and grow.
Claim: Asechylus acknowledges that life is suffering but sees great good that can come of it. Wisdom is the byproduct of suffering. It is through hard times that we gain understanding of ourselves and others. Consider the student who works hard on a group project only to become frustrated because other students didn’t pull their weight. The student gains great wisdom about other people and how important it is to set clear expectations. Should the student lose trust in others or give them a second chance? Those decisions have to be made after thoughtful reflection. No matter what the student decides, he/she is wiser for having to face the adversity head on.
Next Post– Steps Two and Three: Read on as we transform Asechylus’ insights into an essential question on wisdom and suffering.