Posts Categorized: Philosophy

Life is too Short

“Life is too short to be too serious or too foolish.” – Thom Quinn We do not experience time’s arrow as a constant. Instead, it always accelerates: each day it speeds up ever-so-slightly, traveling faster and faster. Additionally, this seemingly rapid ride is also very brief. I think Crowfoot (1830-1890), the great Blackfoot Chief, warrior, […]

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What is Real? Reality 101

The question ‘what is real’ has haunted Western Civilization since Plato wrote about his Allegory of the Cave within The Republic. Epistemology is the sub-discipline of philosophy that examines the nature of knowledge. In simpler terms, it asks the dual questions of ‘how do we know what we know?’ and ‘what is true?’ Is it […]

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The Liar Paradox

The Liar Paradox is a very ancient puzzle that has been reviewed, revised, and discussed by ancient and modern (e.g. Russell, Quine, Kripke, Tarski, Strawson) philosophers without producing a resolution that has satisfied everyone or even the majority. In the absence of an intellectual consensus, a few bold thinkers have claimed that they had the […]

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People are Not Assets

People are our firm’s best assets. This is perennial expression lurking within many company holiday speeches and annual reports. Additionally, it has become a most common CEO cliché. However, this idea is simply not true. People are vital, people are important, but they are definitely not assets. I understand the sentiment; nevertheless, the analogy is plain […]

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Ancient Wisdom on Walking

As a culture, we often think of exercise (and especially walking, jogging, or running) as a very modern idea, something that is new to our scientific world of plenty. I will admit, I am guilty of this reasoning too. However, as the song says “it ain’t necessarily so”. A while back, I came across a […]

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Q: Whaddya Know?

A: Probably not nearly as much as you think. Here is a humbling thought: a good percentage, perhaps even the majority, of everything you ‘know’ is wrong. Of course, this does not mean that your parents, teachers, or mentors lied to you. Instead, this fact is merely a consequence of progress within human civilizations. As […]

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Have a Blue-tiful Day

I believe that: Everyone is a Teacher. Everyone is a Student. As a result, I’m often given wonderful lessons by a wide variety of people, often at unexpected times. My good friend Phil Gerbyshak has been actively campaigning that people stop “having a nice day” for years. Instead, he suggests that you Make It Great! […]

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Why PMA Matters!

Some people claim that attitude is everything. I personally disagree with the sheer rhetoric of that statement; nevertheless, a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) is vital ingredient for true success and a trait you should seek out in friends, co-workers, clients, customers, and contractors. Although PMA does not work like a magical spell, it is powerful catalyst for achievement. […]

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Four-Letter Words

I double-dog dare you to start using these four-letter words on a daily basis as a way to express your positive thoughts: Good Life True Give Best Love Pure Care Wise Glad Nice Play Kind Whenever possible, pepper your language with these wonderful four-letter words.

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Avoid the 7 + 1 Blunders of the World

Shortly before Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated, have gave his grandson Arun Gandhi a short list of errors to avoid. Below is the wisdom he shared with him on their last afternoon together: The Seven Blunders of the World Wealth without work. Pleasure without conscience. Knowledge without character. Commerce without morality. Science without humanity. Worship without […]

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