Non-financial: October - December 2011 articles archive home
 
Happy holidays
It’s easy to dismiss Christmas as humbug, just take a clear-eyed look at the way it’s celebrated. Folks who barely tolerate your presence during the rest of the year suddenly shower you with gifts ... colleagues who’ve been stabbing you in the back all year send you greeting cards ...
Thursday, December 15, 2011 ... more
 
 
Snap judgements
All too often in making a decision about someone or something we don’t use all the relevant available information; we use, instead, only a single, highly representative piece of the total.
Friday, December 9, 2011 ... more
 
 
Second wind
Most of us feel as if we lived habitually with a sort of cloud weighing on us, below our highest notch of clearness in discernment, sureness in reasoning, or firmness in deciding. Compared with what we ought to be, we are only half awake.
Friday, December 2, 2011 ... more
 
 
Worldly success ...
… measured by the accumulation of money, is no doubt a very dazzling thing; and all men are naturally more or less the admirers of worldly success. But though men of persevering, sharp, dexterous, and unscrupulous habits, ever on the watch to push opportunities, may and do "get on" in the world; yet it is quite possible that they may not possess the slightest elevation of character, nor a particle of real greatness.
Friday, November 25, 2011 ... more
 
 
Slowly, but surely
And the prophecy I make is this. To nine out of ten of you the choice which could lead to scoundrelism will come, when it does come, in no very dramatic colours. Obviously bad men, obviously threatening or bribing, will almost certainly not appear. Over a drink, or a cup of coffee, disguised as triviality and sandwiched between two jokes, from the lips of a man, or woman, whom you have recently been getting to know rather better and whom you hope to know better still—just at the moment when you are most anxious not to appear crude, or naïf or a prig—the hint will come.
Friday, November 18, 2011 ... more
 
 
In the struggle
The 'Great Eastern,' or some of her successors, will perhaps defy the roll of the Atlantic, and cross the seas without allowing their passengers to feel that they have left the firm land. The voyage from the cradle to the grave may come to be performed with similar facility.
Friday, November 11, 2011 ... more
 
 
This calls to mind …
… old man Whitaker and his son, Stanley. Whitaker sent Stanley to private schools and dancing schools and colleges and universities, and then shipped him to Oxford to soak in a little “atmosphere,” as he put it.
Friday, November 4, 2011 ... more
 
 
Tribute to dogs
The best friend a man has in the world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name may become traitors to their faith. The money that a man has, he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it most.
Friday, October 28, 2011 ... more
 
 
Whiskey Speech
I had not intended to discuss this controversial subject at this particular time. However, I want you to know that I do not shun controversy. On the contrary, I will take a stand on any issue at any time, regardless of how fraught with controversy it might be. You have asked me how I feel about whiskey. All right, here is how I feel about whiskey.
Friday, October 21, 2011 ... more
 
 
Inequality
Men nearly always speak and write as if riches were absolute, and it were possible ... for everybody to be rich. [But] riches are a power like that of electricity, acting only through inequalities or negations of itself. The force of the guinea you have in your pocket depends … upon the need or desire your neighbour has for it
Friday, October 14, 2011 ... more
 
 
The poor man's son …
… whom heaven in its anger has visited with ambition, when he begins to look around him, admires the condition of the rich. He finds the cottage of his father too small, and fancies he should be lodged more at his ease in a palace … and judges, that a numerous retinue of servants would save him from a great deal of trouble.
Friday, October 7, 2011 ... more
 
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