Abjure the Collective

Exercise moderately and consistently. Think clearly. Articulate your thoughts precisely in writing. Commit at least one complete thought in writing each day. Exhort and uplift always. Don’t assume the world is one way or another. Be alert to what is happening right now in front of you. Notice beauty. Acclimatize your mind to focus, expenditure,… Continue reading Abjure the Collective

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Juxtaposition

Beware atomization. Forces that repel also enervate, dilute, and diminish. You’ve heard the battlefield tactic to “divide and conquer” the enemy.  A corollary of this maxim is that there’s strength in unity. So, the future doesn’t belong to division, but to juxtaposition. And like with a painting by Mark Rothko, the action is on the… Continue reading Juxtaposition

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Types of Wealth

Health is the prosperity of the body, and wisdom makes for an abundant soul. Knowledge is the wealth of the mind, while money fills up the banks. God distributed these gifts unevenly as anyone can see. But, of time, all men share equally, since each one of us has only this present moment, which is… Continue reading Types of Wealth

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Lessons from a Velvet Rope

There’s a technique in acting called “giving focus”, where you confer the attention of the audience to another on stage through your body language. You can also “take focus” away from the other actors on stage by drawing it to yourself. Likewise in society, prestige is taken away and given back to people all the… Continue reading Lessons from a Velvet Rope

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Exemplars

I admire Michel de Montaigne for his artistic daring, his command of the written word, and the substantial insight he had into his own mind. Julius Ceasar, I admire for his energy, universal effectiveness, and daring. Emperor Marcus Aurelius, I admire for his courage, his devotion to virtue, and his succinct writing style. I admire… Continue reading Exemplars

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The Jab

The knowledge that you can knock a man out with one punch, that however far behind you fall in the fight you can pull it out with one shot, can be dangerous in a fighter. It can lead to passivity in the early rounds and letting a match slip away.  The Jab is different.  The… Continue reading The Jab

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