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The wisdom of Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

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Long-time Fox News Panelist Charles Krauthammer revealed Friday, he has only a couple of weeks. Krauthammer, a psychiatrist, Pulitzer prize-winner and best-selling author, commented on regularly, questions large and small.

In the following, a selection of his wisdom, the from exclusive, in-depth interviews he has done with Fox News:

GETTING IT RIGHT

“I decided to be a writer, so I could write about politics, because I thought, this is the most important thing you can involve yourself in. In the end, all the beautiful, elegant things in life, the things that interest me, the things that matter, depends on getting the policy right. Because in those societies in which it is wrong to get, everything else is destroyed, everything else is razed to the ground.”

AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM

“America is the only country ever founded on an idea. The only country that is not founded on race or common history. It is founded on an idea and the idea is freedom. This is probably the rarest phenomena in the political history of the world; this has never happened before. And not only has it happened, but it worked. We are the most prosperous, most powerful, most influential country on earth with this system, invented by the greatest political geniuses probably, in human history.”

GO WHERE THE EVIDENCE TAKES YOU.

“I was a Great society liberal. I thought we should help the poor, we should give you all the money we can. And then, the evidence began to pour. The evidence of how these large programs, the poverty, the programs, the welfare programs–everything was make things worse.

I have no dog in this fight. I was ready to go where the evidence led. As a doctor, I would have been trained empirical evidence. If the treatment is to kill your patient, stop the treatment.”

THE RIGHT WORDS MATTER

“[Playwright] Tom Stoppard once said that the reason he writes is because every once in a while, a couple of words together in the right order, and you are able to, the of the world a nudge. And sometimes I’m able to do that.”

HOW DO YOU CONVINCE OTHER

“You don’t want to talk in high-falutin’, ridiculous ions, which nobody understands in the abstract. Just things to try, clear.

The only thing I try to do if I want to convince someone, start never with my guesses, because if I do, we are not get anywhere. You have to find out, what thinks the other person, and then a line to try to pull of what you believe, what you believe, by a logical sequence. But you have to lead you along, and you have it clear in your head, from the beginning or you will never get.”

AS HE SOFTENED

“I’ve calmed down a bit from where I thought: this is it, this is the end, we’re done. I’ve sort of accepted the fact that it is an organic development for the company, and as long as we keep civil society strong and in the limit, to some extent, we do, okay. So I guess you could say I’m a gentle conservative.”

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE STRUCTURE

“If you have a column, an essay–write something–if you have the structure right, everything is easy. You will get the structure wrong, you’ll never get it right. You can spend hours trying to beat your way through the weeds with a machete, and you will not be able to escape the swamp.”

PEOPLE THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE

“In our demanding historical analysis, we tend to attribute everything to these great underlying currents, some political ideologies or social changes such as industrialization or the growth of women’s rights and all that. But the Hand is missing—it is usually a person who influenced things in such a way that all the underlying forces are not taken into account.

In American history, (Washington, Lincoln, FDR, Reagan)-you all are. It is a story, the abstract less and to do more recognition of the individual, we tend not to.”

BELIEVE

“Faith is something that one has or has not is not a construct; it is. The only thing I believe is that of all the possible views of God, atheism is the most plausible at the least. The idea that there is no meaning or purpose, or origin -that the universe is as it always was, is to me completely implausible, for reasons of physics, apart from the faith. Because if you reason back to first causes, and if you’re an atheist, you get to a logical contradiction.”

BEAUTY DOESN’T NEED A PURPOSE

“In major league baseball, you will see the highest level of the game—it is irresistible. I love the game

And it is such a beauty, the complexity of chess–using words, the players seem to be nonsensical—elegance, romance, people don’t see it, if you slide a piece of wood on a Board.

Everything happens at a high level of excellence always fascinated me, because it is not the ultimate expression of the human being that you have to do something, something you have to do.

What is the point of playing chess? There is no point. It is not necessary to a point. It is simply the beauty of movement and the difficulty that it is worthwhile, admirable, and very pleasant.”

HIS LUCK

“[The comment] is more than a passion. It is the purpose. I am very lucky to have landed where I am by pure blind luck–as I am on what I was meant to do. It turns out I have some talent for it and I love it and I think it is important. This is a great rarity in life. And I appreciate every day that I Wake up that I can do, and it turned out that way.”

HIS PARALYSIS

“All of this is, what I do is a bit more difficult, and probably a bit slower. And that’s basically it. Everyone has their own cross to bear-all.

I made a promise to me on the first day [after my injury]. I won’t allow to change it in my life.

It is very easy to be characterized by external effects in your life. I like people who focus on you. I made a vow when I was injured, would it never would be what shaped my life. I don’t want it to the first line of my obituary. If it is, that will be a failure.”

 

Steve Kurtz is a producer for the Fox News Channel, and author of “Steve’s America (the perfect gift for the people, by the name of Steve)”.

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