Fighting is not doing

Acceptance? Resignation? That’s not me, we say, when we hear the Stoics preach those concepts. I never give up. I’m a fighter. Ok. If you say so. But there’s a difference between being a fighter and a doer. Remember, one of the outcomes of “fighting” is losing. And that’s what happens most of the time; …

It’s lucky that it happened to you.

“It’s unfortunate that this happened,” Marcus says in one of his imaginary dialogs. Then he corrects himself: “No. It’s fortunate that this has happened and I’ve remained unharmed by it–not shattered by the present or frightened of the future. It could have happened to anyone. But not everyone could have remained unharmed by it.” This …

Traffic Solution

Most modern cars are full of technology of one sort or another.  A simple addition to a car would allow the car to communicate with traffic signals.  Why not reward people for their good driving? A person who stays within the speed limit gets priority for the traffic signals.  A person who speeds, gets hit …

Worry is pointless

Humble people worry less than the arrogant. Why is that? Because they aren’t so conceited as to think they have any idea (or control over) what may or may not happen. The poet Rilke put it well: “Life is not even close to being as logically consistent as our worries; it has many more unexpected …

Unraveling

People may call what happens at midlife ‘A Crisis,’ but it’s not. It’s an unraveling – A time when you feel a desperate pull to live the life you want to live, not the one you’re ‘supposed’ to live. The unraveling is a time when you are challenged by the universe to let go of …

South Africa schedules bad luck

This should end well for everyone in South Africa: The South African government has begun the process of seizing land from white farmers. Local newspaper City Press reports two game farms in the northern province of Limpopo are the first to be targeted for unilateral seizure after negotiations with the owners to purchase the properties …

Just do the right thing.

It is one of the unnamed characters in Aeschylus’s play Agamemnon that utters the damning line: “We spoil ourselves with scruples, long as things go well.” What he means is that most of us are fairweather do-gooders. We love to talk a good game. We’ll give (of our time, money, effort) when it’s easy, but …