Monthly Archives: June 2014

Bagging

  “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full.’” Got another set of those annoying “invitations” in my email junk box, … Continue reading

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A Con-Descending

There is a certain pleasure in playing with people who insist on being condescending. Every good con is based on convincing others that the perpetrator is something he or she is not. Some sort of superiority is usually part of … Continue reading

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Full of Hollow

To be really real, emotions should be like bubbles, straight out of the bottle: all outside and nothing but hot air on the inside. As a psychologist friend of mine used to say to me: you need to learn to feel … Continue reading

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Gods of War

Looking at the rejuvenated spirit of murder, mayhem, and vicious cruelty that feeds the newspapers’ front pages, the coffers of the arms industry and the collection plates of all kinds of parasitic organizations, one may have to remind oneself of … Continue reading

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And do not lead us into temptation

Perhaps nothing is more destructive to the spirit of democracy and to friendships than the need to feel superior. The wise have no use for being looked up to nor for looking down on those who are different. It is … Continue reading

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π-ning and depression

The NY Times today ran a headline “British Bank Regulators Pine to Win a Big Case.” Pining is not what it used to be. In historical periods during which women had strong cultural influences, pining was more or less de … Continue reading

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Bad Design

It often seems regrettable that the gods did not place the mouth right next to the ear. That way nobody else would have to pretend to listen or feel like an intruder when they try to respond. ~ ~ ~ no-man’s … Continue reading

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The Good Deeds Dance

When I was a student, a businessman from Texas once asked me if I would help him get rid of an old desk, too rickety to be of any use, but too heavy to move by himself. Since he did not … Continue reading

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The Locality Demon

There is factual evidence for at least one demon, out there. Some joker keeps seducing people into believing that gods and demons are either way out there or not at all. A few tender spirits have suggested, instead, that good gods, like the lusty Zeus, may live … Continue reading

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Precious

“It feels good to be wanted, to be needed” is perhaps one of the most misleading pieces of advice we can give to our young. We are used to talking about the dangers of becoming addicted to wanting/needing this or that, … Continue reading

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