Dorothy in Oz

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…she learns about what’s worth striving for in life. She sees that to have a brain, you’ve got to struggle to think; that to have courage you must fight for it; and that to have a heart, you’ve got to greet others with love and hope for the best. By the end of the movie, Dorothy is smarter, kinder, and braver than she was.

Courage, compassion, and wisdom are the three primary ideals of the ancient world. You can learn about courage from Homer, wisdom from Plato, and compassion from Jesus of Nazareth — and also from Confucius and Buddha.

All philosophy, we hear, is a footnote to Plato, and indeed Plato is the archetypal philosopher. Plato sought absolute knowledge: he wanted to grasp truths that would be true for all time.

“I’m melting, melting. … Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness.”

When you’ve acquired some guts and brains and heart, you can make a little luck for yourself. Then all good things become possible, including the defeat of a wicked witch or any other worrisome antagonist who might cross your path.

— The American Scholar

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