Non-financial: April - June 2010 articles archive home
What we are; the will to live.
Thrasymachos. Tell me now, in one word, what shall I be after my death?

Philalethes. All and nothing! … As far as you are an individual, death will be the end of you. But your individuality is not your true and inmost being: it is only the outward manifestation of it.
Friday, June 25, 2010 ... more
Comprehending everything, whom shall you call your teacher?
Subdue yourself, and discover your master. Believe nothing on the faith of traditions, even though they have been held in honour for many generations and in diverse places. Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it. Do not believe on the faith of the sages of the past. Do not believe what you yourself have imagined, persuading yourself that a God inspires you.
Friday, June 18, 2010 ... more
Paradoxically, the origin of the word soccer is … England.
A 32-year-old defender playing for the Croatian side Mladost, was given a yellow card for diving by a no-nonsense referee after suffereing a massive heart attack in the 35th minute of a game against local rivals Hrvatski Sokola.

Friday, June 11, 2010 ... more
A path by which to travel so as to avoid a ringing in the ears.
"What is man's life for? Is it for sound and colour? But there comes a time when beauty and riches no longer answer the needs of the heart, and when a surfeit of sound and colour becomes a weariness to the eyes and a ringing in the ears.”
Friday, May 28, 2010 ... more
In defence of the individual
In Ayn Rand’s book, The Fountainhead, the protagonist, Howard Roark, ends up on trial where he argues for the individual against the forces of mediocrity; in the process providing some memorable passages:

Friday, May 21, 2010 ... more
Who will programme civilization’s new operating system?
Paul Hawken is a renowned environmental activist, entrepreneur and author. The following extracts are taken from the commencement address he delivered to the class of 2009 at University of Portland in May last year when he was presented with an honorary doctorate.
Friday, May 14, 2010 ... more
A story, a little philosophy and some investment advice …
Generally speaking envy, resentment, revenge and self-pity are disastrous modes of thoughts. You do not want to drift into self-pity. It’s a ridiculous way to behave and when you avoid it, you get a great advantage over everybody else or almost everybody else because self-pity is a standard condition.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 ... more
A little foolishness and a little wisdom.
Seriousness is a sickness; your sense of humour makes you more human, more humble – it is one of the most essential parts of religiousness. A little foolishness, enough to enjoy life, and a little wisdom to avoid the errors, that will do.
Friday, April 30, 2010 ... more
Stuff we’re finding out about money.
The value of £100 is supposed to lie in how much beer or fuel it can purchase and nothing else. In reality we are not that rational. We allow money to reach inside our heads and tap into the ancient emotional parts of our brain, often with unpredictable results.”
Friday, April 23, 2010 ... more
To help you choose between pleasure and reality.
Whereas the fairy tale leaves all decisions up to us, including whether we wish to make any at all, the fable seems to teach that it is wrong to enjoy life when it is good.
Friday, April 16, 2010 ... more
In case you think you're capable of a rational decision
If you find it hard to sell a losing stock, if you have a way of “just knowing” which ones are going to go up or down or you’d rather stick to those that “feel safe”, chances are you’re managing your money with your heart instead of your head. In which case you’re prone to a number of psychological biases with the potential to really screw-up your decision-making.
Thursday, April 1, 2010 ... more
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