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258. From Small Beginnings …

Habits are effi­cient (.. decide daily which side to part your hair on?). Habits are restrict­ing (.. do you really need to check Face Book every ten min­utes?). Har­vest­ing the ten­sion between effi­ciency and restric­tion gives life pur­pose and direc­tion … Con­tinue read­ing

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256. You Want Me to Explain? You must be kidding.

There is an expla­na­tion for every­thing. You know that’s true because some­body always has an expla­na­tion. The world was surely cre­ated in seven days because some­body impor­tant wrote that in a book. Last week a young woman of twenty was … Con­tinue read­ing

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255. Age, Ambition and Secret Knowledge

He used to be a fac­tory man­ager. They booted him out, “too old” at 40. Some­one with an MBA said he wasn’t fol­low­ing best prac­tice. Best prac­tice was what a text book said it was, appar­ently. Actu­ally it wasn’t. The … Con­tinue read­ing

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254. Life’s Big Tests and Petty Minded Creeps

Life’s big tests are mostly less about fight­ing real mon­sters than find­ing a way past petty minded creeps: their shadow mon­sters are built from stu­pid­ity, igno­rance, greed, incom­pe­tence, jeal­ousy and cow­ardice. Some­times the tough­est part is not being a petty … Con­tinue read­ing

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250. Broken Giants

It is the fate of ene­mies and com­peti­tors to look ever more like each other. Carthage looked too much like Rome, impe­rial Britain too much like impe­rial Ger­many.  The United States now is a frac­tured and mil­i­ta­rized nation. In America’s … Con­tinue read­ing

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247. Who Succeeds and Are They Right?

The most suc­cess­ful peo­ple of each gen­er­a­tion are usu­ally those most per­sis­tent at act­ing out and defend­ing the ortho­dox­ies of their cul­ture and sub­cul­ture. If they are busi­ness­men it will be the favoured way of doing busi­ness; if they are … Con­tinue read­ing

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246. The Power of Negative Attraction

From a safe elec­tronic dis­tance, we watch the hor­ror movie of some coun­try dis­in­te­grat­ing, the lives of peo­ple just like us destroyed for no rea­son. Why does it hap­pen? The lat­est one is Syria: ”The Assad regime itself is not … Con­tinue read­ing

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