Tag Archives: Profit

How Different You Could Have Been

You might think that, born somewhere else, under different circumstances, you’d turn out pretty much the same as you are today, no matter what. The things you accomplished would have been accomplished, no matter where you started. You’d think the … Continue reading

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Getting Ahead

We’re told, as an article of faith, that competition is unconditionally good for society. The prevailing orthodoxy is that competition is the very basis of capitalism – a fundamental axiom, if you will – and that competition alone has delivered … Continue reading

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Reverence for Coherence

Coherence is the quality of making a unified whole, which makes sense to us. We like coherence. It feels right. We get a sense of satisfactory completeness and consistency, when something is coherent. Intuitively, we know these things belong together. … Continue reading

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Frantic Deeds of Lunatic Benevolence

Being the child of immigrants who fled a major world war is a unique experience. Most children, thankfully, don’t have direct, first-hand experience of what it’s like to grow up with parents that, despite their best efforts to carry on … Continue reading

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Everything’s Stuck. Everybody’s Stuck

Ever wondered why Beethoven didn’t invent the blues? After all, he had sufficiently tragic motivations, he had a piano, knew how to play it well and had all the same notes available to him as Ray Charles. Why didn’t he … Continue reading

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A Story About Youthful Enthusiasm Thwarted

Whenever I learn of a new government initiative to incubate innovative businesses, I roll my eyes. Back in the day, I had some first-hand experience with this kind of agency, as a recently-graduated electrical, electronics and computer engineer, with eight … Continue reading

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When Two Worlds Collide

Increasingly, whenever I look into some creative project or other, I am immediately confronted with a collision of ideas. The two worlds, in stark opposition to each other, are those of predatory scarcity and generous, nurturing abundance. It’s increasingly clear … Continue reading

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