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Expense or Investment?

It all depends on how you look at things. Two people can observe the same event, but because of their default mental models about that happenstance, conclude that two entirely different and irreconcilable consequences have resulted. What you think happened … Continue reading

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Not That Kind of Hippy

I was a late onset hippy. Whereas the summer of love was in the late sixties, in the rest of the world, our far-flung town on the other side of the world really only embraced the values and ideals of … Continue reading

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Boring and Ordinary

There are people whose greatest fear is being boring and ordinary. They have an existential need to be special and outstanding. Obscurity terrifies them. Their whole identity is built on this foundation. Sadly, it’s not a very stable footing. I’ve … Continue reading

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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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Dancing with Disaster

This is a pure hunch. I admit that openly. Over the past decade, I’ve been learning to trust my intuition more, having seen it proven right in hindsight many times. I used to dismiss gut feelings as something akin to … Continue reading

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