The Albert Camus quote above is used frequently, but it’s from a longer passage that’s not often cited in its entirety:
“In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love.
In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.
In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm.
I realized, through it all, that…
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”
In the Exchange Essentials article collection, Build Your Leadership Capacity, one article written by Amelia Dress makes the point that it’s a leader’s job to help each of their team members connect with that “something stronger, something better” Camus describes. Dress writes:
“Unfortunately, our search for objective standards by which to measure quality teaching has overlooked the fact that the root of teaching lies not in simple methodology, but in the messy business of human relationships. Embracing this means recognizing that who we are and how we relate to the world around us makes a difference in our teaching.”
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This important article reminds us that philosophy underlays every discipline - education and care included. Our connection with our motivation, values, and beliefs is more important than ever in these difficult times. Our philosophy answers the question of "why" we do what we do, and informs the "how" too. And it keeps us always striving and reaching higher.