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to a future generation from a pessimistic optimist

This message is addressed to a future generation… …the generation that will clean up our mess after we’re gone. Dear Future Generation… Right now, you may be asking yourself, “What were my ancestors thinking?  Didn’t they see that was bad … Continue reading

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the hope of an pessimistic optimist

All successful civilizations follow a pattern of behavior that leads to collapse… …according to William Ophuls, author of Immoderate Greatness. Here’s the gist of Ophuls’ argument: As a civilization grows and prospers, it naturally becomes more and more complex.  This … Continue reading

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to dream the possible dream

Good group, wrong name. Recently, while doing an online search, I found a listing for “The Quixote Foundation”… Their stated mission is: “to see free people in fair societies on a healthy planet.” I praise their ambition.  I just wish … Continue reading

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note from a nabob living in interesting times

“In the United States today, we have more than our share of the nattering nabobs of negativism.”                    — Spiro Agnew, 1972 I recalled that infamous quote recently, while watching a focus group being interviewed on a morning news show.* The … Continue reading

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medicinal story

  Instead of struggling and fumbling to explain my ideas the last two weeks… …I could have simply offered up this short Chinese folktale: One summer afternoon, a young man is out gazing his horses on a green country hill. … Continue reading

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the healthy optimistic pessimist

  Optimism may be hazardous to your health… …according to a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. Though a good attitude may promote good cardiovascular… …the overly optimistic person may be too carefree about … Continue reading

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Downton Wisdom

  From a TV drama set in post-WWI England, I find wisdom applicable to the developing scene in my own country… …wisdom that I believe belongs in our new mythology. It’s a dialogue between Lord Grantham of Downton Abbey and … Continue reading

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