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fable of the woman who tried to see as the man saw

“If you ever tried to see the world from my point-of-view, you’d realize I’m right,” the man told her. “I wouldn’t want to pollute my eyes,” the woman replied.  “But okay, okay—here’s what I’ll do: “Just for today, I’ll try … 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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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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