Forbidden Thoughts in the Pre-Election Frenzy

By on October 12th, 2016



You remember those plays you went to when you were a kid, where you’re suppose to cheer for the good guy and boo the villain, or else it’s all going to go to hell?

It’s a nice illusion for the kiddies. It makes them feel like they’re in control of the outcome of the story.

We’re still playing it, aren’t we?

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Should We Fear the Future? The Case Against Cowering

By on November 17th, 2015

 

“There’s a lot of scary stuff going on right now.”

I’ve heard some version of that from friends, colleagues, and family members pretty much my whole adult life.

Hey, they’re not wrong. Fanatical terrorism, genocidal wars, every Western government in the world going bankrupt (seemingly at once), the banking system and stock market on the verge of collapse, the spread of super-diseases, the industrialization and poisoning of the food supply, loopy fascist maniacs on the verge of being elected…

Here’s what’s certain: the world will look very different in ten years. Maybe sooner.

Does that mean we should just curl into a ball and wait for the end?

Maybe.

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Review: The Four-Hour Workweek

By on April 11th, 2015

 


A manual on how to be Tim Ferriss.

And let’s face it, not everyone wants to be Tim Ferriss. Probably not even a lot of people, really. (Though you wouldn’t know it from his sales figures.)

So, unless you happen to be Tim reading this (what’s up, Tim?), there will be great scads of the book that you don’t feel apply to you.

Here’s the key: those sections will be different for each person. Perhaps you want to find a niche market and put your income on autopilot, so that section will be very useful to you, but you have no interest in mini-retirement vacations, so that part you will skim. Or vice versa.

The only person who wants to be exactly Tim Ferriss is Tim Ferriss. So this book is guaranteed to be disappointing, in at least one respect, to YOU. Get it?

(Again… unless you’re Tim. Don’t you have better things to do, man??)

Does that mean you can’t learn anything here? Of course not. There‘s probably at least one thing that Tim Ferriss does (or conceives) better than you.

For my part, I found plenty.

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The Freethinking Manifesto

By on November 16th, 2014

 

  1. Think for yourself. Most people accept the ideas they’re taught by their parents, school, peers, and culture. Independent thought is discouraged in our early lives. We are frequently punished for disagreeing with others (even if only with scorn) and rewarded for towing the line. This is how bad ideas perpetuate through the centuries. The older ideas are, the harder they are to question, challenge, or oppose. An independent thinker, however, is oriented toward truth rather than pleasing others or society. Independent thought is freethinking–they are synonymous.

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What’s Holding Humanity Back?

By on June 23rd, 2014

 

Are humans living up to their full potential as a species? I’d be willing to bet you think not. If you’re like most of us, you think humans are aiming their sights pretty darn low. In some ways, barely above savage.

Humanity makes it hard for us to be optimists. The higher the potential you see for humanity, the more likely you are to receive pain for your troubles. It would be so easy to become a cynic, frustrationjust throw up your hands and think the worst, and have the comfort of being “right” all the time. Trouble is, you just don’t feel that way. You know, on some level, we are capable of so much better. The good news is, you’re not alone. There are other crazies like you, and we get it. You feel a sense of disconnect with society, as if it’s slipping along on rails toward a precipice with the bridge out, heedless to your cries that we’re all wearing wings. Continue reading