Non-financial: October - December 2015 articles archive home
Life
Life is a sexually transmitted disease and the mortality rate is one hundred percent. – RD Laing

Life is good and bad. Mostly and. – Diogenes
Wednesday, December 30, 2015 ... more
 
 
Conflict
Religions are divisive and quarrelsome. They are a form of one-upmanship because they depend upon separating the “saved” from the “damned,” the true believers from the heretics, the in-group from the out-group ...
Monday, December 28, 2015 ... more
 
Xmas
Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies!
- Francis Church

Calvin: This whole Santa Claus thing just doesn't make sense. Why all the secrecy? Why all the mystery? If the guy exists why doesn't he ever show himself and prove it? And if he doesn't exist what's the meaning of all this? Hobbes: I dunno. Isn't this a religious holiday? Calvin: Yeah, but actually, I've got the same questions about God.
- Bill Watterson
Thursday, December 24, 2015 ... more
 
 
Who you are
Haters hate that’s what they do. Gossiper’s gossip. Doers do. Talkers talk. Workers work. Lovers love. Singers sing, worshipers worship. Fighters fight, winners win. Believers believe that’s what they do. Just find out what are you. So that you would know what to do. Know your identity. Define yourself and work towards your definition. Power of Tongue + Power of thoughts = Power of behaviour. If you think you are a failure then you would fail. If you think you are loser then would lose. So be careful of what you think of yourself.

- De philosopher Dj kyos
Friday, December 18, 2015 ... more
 
 
Sleep
Sleep is the interest we have to pay on the capital which is called in at death; and the higher the rate of interest and the more regularly it is paid, the further the date of redemption is postponed.

So wrote Arthur Schopenhauer, comparing life to finance in a universe that must keep its books balanced. At birth you receive a loan, consciousness and light borrowed from the void, leaving a hole in the emptiness. The hole will grow bigger each day. Nightly, by yielding temporarily to the darkness of sleep, you restore some of the emptiness and keep the hole from growing limitlessly.
Friday, December 11, 2015 ... more
 
 
Fortune, n. Wealth; also, luck.
People often spoke of “having” a fortune, but to “make” a fortune didn’t appear in English until the early 17th century and wasn’t a common expression until well into the 18th century. Dr Samuel Johnson, in his great Dictionary of the English Language, defined fortune first as “the power supposed to distribute the lots of life according to her own humour”; he didn’t get to its meaning of wealth until his fifth definition.

Only once the Enlightenment began to exalt the power of the individual mind did it seem feasible for people to “make” their own fortune rather than merely having it on loan from a fickle goddess.
Friday, December 4, 2015 ... more
 
 
Poor memories
“‘I have done that,’ says my memory. ‘I cannot have done that,’ says my pride, and remains inexorable. Eventually–memory yields.”

-Friedrich Nietzsche

The pieces the brain chooses to compose our memories are those that best preserve and protect our self-concept.
Friday, November 27, 2015 ... more
 
Life long learning
I constantly see people rise in life who are not the smartest, sometimes not even the most diligent, but they are learning machines. They go to bed every night a little wiser than they were when they got up and boy does that help, particularly when you have a long run ahead of you … - Charlie Munger
Friday, November 20, 2015 ... more
 
 
The Unlived Life
The unexamined life is surely worth living, but is the unlived life worth examining? It seems a strange question until one realizes how much of our so-called mental life is about the lives we are not living, the lives we are missing out on, the lives we could be leading but for some reason are not.
Monday, November 16, 2015 ... more
 
 
No such thing
In the psychology of influence, giving items or time unconditionally, is called reciprocity. People use reciprocity to create obligations. Manipulative people do it all the time – beware, if it is too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true."

- Derek Arden

There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch, financially or otherwise.
Friday, November 13, 2015 ... more
 
Illusion of the imagination
From The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith:

We sympathize even with the dead, and overlooking what is of real importance in their situation, that awful futurity which awaits them, we are chiefly affected by those circumstances which strike our senses, but can have no influence upon their happiness.
Monday, November 9, 2015 ... more
 
 
Make good
From writer and television producer Karl Sabbagh at Edge:

The most worrying aspect of our society is the low level of suspicion that we have about the behaviour of normal people. The assumption most of us hold about most people in everyday life is that they are not, on the whole, criminals, cheats, mean-spirited, selfish, or on the lookout for a fast buck.
Friday, November 6, 2015 ... more
 
 
Do-gooders
From an article by Larissa MacFarquhar at theguardian.com:

The do-gooder knows that there are crises everywhere, all the time, and he seeks them out. This makes him good; but it is also why do-gooders are a reproach: you know, as the do-gooder knows, that there is always, somewhere, a need for help.
Friday, October 30, 2015 ... more
 
 
A small minority
From an interview with Richard Dawkins published at TheStranger.com:

… 9/11, for me, brought the realization of the power of faith. It happened to be the Islamic faith. Faith has a great power over the human mind, and it comes, I think, from infant indoctrination. You're taught as a child that you have this faith and that faith is a virtue, faith being belief without evidence.
Friday, October 23, 2015 ... more
 
Reciprocity
Please do not look only at the dark side. You have the sympathy of millions. As a tribute to your sorrow we resolve to spend more money on weapons. If this were a movie a boat would be available. Have you ever seen our movies? They end happily. How do you like the free world? Sorry you cannot stay.
– Adapted from the Selected Poems of Thomas Merton
Friday, October 16, 2015 ... more
 
 
Why is it so hard to admit?
We’ve all seen it, somebody weighs in on some issue but they really have no idea what they’re talking about. And so they choose the wrong side.

What do most of us do when it becomes clear we’ve done that? We could admit we were wrong, but that’s rare.
Friday, October 9, 2015 ... more
 
 
Self-deception
Man naturally desires, not only to be loved, but to be lovely; or to be that thing which is the natural and proper object of love. He naturally dreads, not only to be hated, but to be hateful; or to be that thing which is the natural and proper object of hatred … not only blame, but blameworthiness; or to be that thing which, though it should be blamed by nobody, is, however, the natural and proper object of blame.
Friday, October 2, 2015 ... more
 
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