Non-financial: April - June 2009 articles archive home
 
The Fortune teller’s Garden: today and tomorrow, like yesterday?.
A garden is so forward-looking that it resembles sometimes a family or a business enterprise. I’ve even heard someone liken it to a crystal ball, making it surely unique. Seeds are literally prophetic: tiny crystal balls. Within 12 to 18 months, you’ll have exactly what was foretold. This makes gardeners a strong surviving force …
Friday, June 19, 2009 ... more
 
 
A 19th century view on punishment and the appointment of public servants
It is an especially vicious extension of the false doctrine that criminals have some sort of a right against or claim on society. Many reformatory plans are based on a doctrine of this kind when they are urged upon the public conscience. A criminal is a man who, instead of working with and for the society, has turned against it and become destructive and injurious. His punishment means that society rules him out of its membership and separates him from its association.
Friday, June 12, 2009 ... more
 
 
Listening to the scratching on the known universe's utmost rim.
… with strange phantasms of enchanted hills and gardens, of fountains that sing in the sun, of golden cliffs overhanging murmuring seas, of plains that stretch down to sleeping cities of bronze and stone, and of shadowy companies of heroes that ride caparisoned white horses along the edges of thick forests; and then we know that we have looked back through the ivory gates into that world of wonder which was ours before we were wise and unhappy. - HP Lovecraft - Celephaïs.
Friday, May 29, 2009 ... more
 
Edwin Shneidman sets the criteria for a Good Death
Doctor Mark Goulston wrote a tribute to his “dear friend”, Edwin Shneidman, in the Huffington Post last Friday following the announcement that the latter, a pioneer in the study, prevention and intervention of suicide and suicidal behaviour had died at age 91 “as he would have wished, peacefully at home.”
Friday, May 22, 2009 ... more
 
 
Commanding a certain cold esteem, but not entitled to admiration.
We suffer more, it has already been observed, when we fall from a better to a worse situation, than we ever enjoy when we rise from a worse to a better. Security, therefore, is the first and the principal object of prudence. It is averse to expose our health, our fortune, our rank, or reputation, to any sort of hazard.
Friday, May 15, 2009 ... more
 
There is no question more important to us than our mortality.
Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy at Dartmouth College Marcelo Gleiser, says that in the future we may be able to master death.
Friday, May 8, 2009 ... more
 
 
Procrastination: the grave in which opportunity is buried
We need to remember that we will die. For when we do so, it will be clear that the time to realize our dreams, the time to act, is now, not some vague date in the future.
Friday, April 24, 2009 ... more
 
What makes for good manners
To the contemporary mind, manners can seem like an incursion on democracy, an arbitrary, restrictive code imposed from without that stifles expression and spontaneity.
Friday, April 17, 2009 ... more
 
 
The case of the forgotten man
We are constantly preached at by our public teachers as if respectable people were to blame because some people are not respectable.
Thursday, April 9, 2009 ... more
 
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