ROLF DOBELLI ~ THE ART OF THINKING CLEARLY ~ 2013 ~ [TRANSLATION ~ NICKY GRIFFIN ~ 2013]

~ WN-NEC-NNI-NUG-NFH-AWNILI ~ We Need – No Extra Cunning – No New Ideas – No Unnecessary Gadgets – No Frantic Hyperactivity – All We Need Is Less Irrationality

~ SB-BTIMMVTF-PSOTCOS-GAIBFVTGO-O-P-P/I/C ~ Survivorship Bias – Because Triumph Is Made More Visible Than Failure – People Systematically Overestimate Their Chances Of Success – Guard Against It By Frequently Visiting The Graves Of – Once-Promising – Projects / Investment / Careers

~ CI-WICT-PR-WAO-RYS-FC-PC ~ Clustering Illusion – When It Comes To – Pattern Recognition – We Are Oversensitive – Regain Your Skepticism – First Consider – Pure Chance

~ SP-TMPWFACI-TB(T)WDTITB-TIOC-A ~ Social Proof – The More People Who Follow A Certain Idea – The Better (Truer) We Deem The Idea To Be – This Is Of Course – Absurd

~ SCF-T/M/E/L-TMWI-TGTSCA-A-TGTUTCB-ANFC-LT-C-E-D-EOJ-NMHMYHAI-OYAOTFCABC ~ Sunk Cost Fallacy – Time / Money / Energy / Love – The More We Invest – The Greater The Sunk Costs Are – And – The Greater The Urge To Continue Becomes – A Need For Consistency – Leads To – Costly – Even – Disastrous – Errors Of Judgment – No Matter How Much You Have Already Invested – Only Your Assessment Of The Future Costs And Benefits Counts

~ R-PHEDBIAPD ~ Reciprocity – People Have Extreme Difficulty Being In Another Person’s Debt

~ CB-TTTINISTIBCWO-E-T/B/C-TIADP

~ Confirmation Bias – The Tendency To Interpret New Information So That It Becomes Compatible With Our – Existing – Theories / Beliefs / Convictions – This Is A Dangerous Practice

~ AB-WYAATMAD-TAWAFMBEAIOYR ~ Authority Bias – Whenever You Are About To Make A Decision – Think About Which Authority Figures Might Be Exerting An Influence On Your Reasoning

~ CE-WDN-S-G-C ~ Contrast Effect – We Don’t Notice – Small – Gradual – Changes

~ AB-WCAPOTW-UTETMECTM ~ Availability Bias – We Create A Picture Of The World – Using The Examples That Most Easily Come To Mind

~ ISI-ROE-IGSATFOOM-IDEHTBT ~ If Something Is – Repeated Often Enough – It Gets Stored At The Forefront Of Our Minds – It Doesn’t Even Have To Be True

~ SB-S-TGUA-FSOU-WIL-T-BR ~ Story Bias – Stories – They Give Us A – False Sense Of Understanding – Which Inevitably Leads – To – Bigger Risks

~ HB-IR-ESCAI-IMUBWABPTWAA-CUTBAAOK-A-C-TTTMR ~ Hindsight Bias – In Retrospect – Everything Seems Clear And Inevitable – It Makes Us Believe We Are Better Predictors Than We Actually Are – Causing Us To Be Arrogant About Our Knowledge – And – Consequentially – To Take Too Much Risk

~ W-S-O-O-K-A-ATP-OAMS ~ We – Systematically – Overestimate – Our – Knowledge – And – Ability To Predict – On A Massive Scale

~ CK-DNC-T-CS-T-R-T-N-T-S-T-VV-O-T-CG-WTW-PTK ~ Chauffeur Knowledge – Do Not Confuse – The – Company Spokesperson – The – Ringleader – The – Newscaster – The – Schmoozer – The – Verbiage Vendor – Or – The – Cliche Generator – With Those Who – Possess True Knowledge

~ IOC-TTTBTWCISOWWHANS ~ Illusion Of Control – The Tendency To Believe That We Can Influence Something Over Which We Have Absolutely No Sway

~ ‘PB’ ~ “Placebo Buttons”

~ OB-WTTE-D-BOT-R-RTOT-DP ~ Outcome Bias – We Tend To Evaluate – Decisions – Based On The – Result – Rather Than On The – Decision Process

~ LIM-POC-A-TIAL-WIIE-ASOCDQOL-HCYBSYAMTRC? ~ Less Is More – Paradox Of Choice – Abundance – There Is A Limit – When It Is Exceeded – A Surfeit Of Choices Destroys Quality Of Life – How Can You Be Sure You Are Making The Right Choice?

~ LB-TMWLS-TMIWAT-H-TP ~ Liking Bias – The More We Like Someone – The More Inclined We Are To – Help – That Person

~ AJAP-IOWISI ~ Always Judge A Product – Independent Of Who Is Selling It

~ EE-WCTTBMVTMWOT ~ Endowment Effect – We Consider Things To Be More Valuable The Moment We Own Them

~ DCTT-CYPSTT-‘U’-HBTY-T-KIMTICRT(OM)-ITBOAE ~ Don’t Cling To Things – Consider Your Property Something That The – “Universe” – Has Bestowed To You – Temporarily – Keep In Mind That It Can Recoup This (Or More) – In The Blink Of An Eye

~ GT-IYEFYIAT-UG-YMSYM-EIYTDNLI-QTA-EIYREFTWN ~ GroupThink – If You Ever Find Yourself In A Tight – Unanimous Group – You Must Speak Your Mind – Even If Your Team Does Not Like It – Question Tacit Assumptions – Even If You Risk Expulsion From The Warm Nest

~ NOP-WHNIGO-R-AT-DPADT ~ Neglect Of Probability – We Have No Intuitive Grasp Of – Risk – And Thus – Distinguish Poorly Among Different Threats

~ SE-TTRTS-I-ALICT ~ Scarcity Error – The Typical Response To Scarcity – Is – A Lapse In Clear Thinking

~ GF-ACAIAII-TISN-BF ~ Gambler’s Fallacy – As Comforting An Idea As It Is – There Is Simply No – Balancing Force

~ LA-TFO-LS-MPMTTPO-GS-O-EV ~ Loss Aversion – The Fear Of – Losing Something – Motivates People More Than The Prospect Of – Gaining Something– Of – Equal Value

~ WHBTD-‘DOR’-FTSR-TTTTBRTTMWTOTO ~ We Hide Behind Team Decisions – “Diffusion Of Responsibility” – For The Same Reason – Teams Tend To Take Bigger Risks Than Their Members Would Take On Their Own

~ TDOGCBMBMIPAVAP ~ The Disadvantages Of Groups Can Be Mitigated By Making Individual Performances As Visible As Possible

~ CINC-SWIPA-TC-TOTB-TE-A-VV-A-S-TINLAA ~ Correlation Is Not Causality – Sometimes What Is Presented As – The Cause – Turns Out To Be – The Effect – And – Vice Versa – And – Sometimes – There Is No Link At All

~ HE-WA-SA-DU-A-AHWSTFP-OOVOTC-TCT-GBFV-DD-ITTTDSR ~ Halo Effect – When A – Single Aspect – Dazzles Us – And – Affects How We See The Full Picture – Obstructs Our View Of True Characteristics – To Counteract This – Go Beyond Face Value – Dig Deeper – Invest The Time To Do Serious Research

~ F-WRDTIS-DOHTAP ~ Framing – We React Differently To Identical Situations – Depending On How They Are Presented

~ AB-LA-EIIAN-AWASI-NOU-I-NOSC-WFCTDS-A ~ Action Bias – Look Active – Even If It Achieves Nothing – Accentuated When A Situation Is – New Or Unclear – In – New Or Shaky Circumstances – We Feel Compelled To Do Something – Anything

~ S-SB-WASTOAFTEF ~ Self-Serving Bias – We Attribute Success To Ourselves And Failure To External Factors

~ ISPAATTW-‘B’-NLHW-‘B’-TULWGTWOHI ~ It Seems People Are Addicted To The Word – “Because” – Never Leave Home Without – “Because” – This Unassuming Little Word Greases The Wheels Of Human Interaction

~ M-DNAM-IMC-IDJTO ~ Money – Does Not Always Motivate – In Many Cases – It Does Just The Opposite

~ IB-TDTMIGBD ~ Information Bias – The Delusion That More Information Guarantees Better Decisions

~ TBWT-SYFNS-IT-AT ~ The Best Way To – Shield Yourself From Nasty Surprises – Is To – Anticipate Them

~ WWLION-WA-POOE-WM-CD-B-CO-F-NO-T ~ Whether We Like It Or Not – We Are – Puppets Of Our Emotions – We Make – Complex Decisions – By – Consulting Our – Feelings – Not Our – Thoughts

~ TBTRLTTOA-TII-NIMCTOOB-WBTIUGS-K-RYIOWTSSACFSRP-BYOTC ~ The Belief That Reflection Leads To Truth Or Accuracy – The Introspection Illusion – Nothing Is More Convincing Than Our Own Beliefs – We Believe That Introspection Unearths Genuine Self-Knowledge – Regard Your Internal Observations With The Same Skepticism As Claims From Some Random Person – Become Your Own Toughest Critic

~ MDANWE-EWTHSTTSE ~ Most Doors Are Not Worth Entering – Even When The Handle Seems To Turn So Effortlessly

~ TIAGAOTEOTI ~ The Inept Are Gifted At Overlooking The Extent Of Their Incompetence

~ BS-DTT-SS-E ~ Book Smarts – Don’t Transfer To – Street Smarts – Easily

~ S-C-NTTR ~ Self-Control – Needs Time To Refuel

~ PATS-AMAY-RTN ~ Pay Attention To Silences – As Much As You – Respond To Noises

~ CTP-NJTC ~ Check The Periphery – Not Just The Center

~ EAATCBSWTETK ~ Expect An Approach That Can Be Solved With The Expert’s Tool Kit

~ C-P-DTB-EATA ~ Cherry-Picking – Drawing The Bull’s-Eye Around The Arrow

~ TCA-WIA-TFOK-C-‘N’ ~ Two Centuries Ago – We Invented A – Toxic Form Of Knowledge – Called – “News”

~ Y-NBBFUTW ~ Yes – Nothing Beats Books For Understanding The World

DANIEL GOLEMAN ~ FOCUS ~ 2013

~ WTLB-AAE-RHMOTT-IRTAEWSTA ~ While The Link Between – Attention And Excellence – Remains Hidden Most Of The Time – It Ripples Through Almost Everything We Seek To Accomplish

~ TEHYPSSAEG-MHTASCS-B-TACAQAHTSHMLT-DICMS ~ The Endless Hours Young People Spend Staring At Electronic Gadgets – May Help Them Acquire Specific Cognitive Skills – But – There Are Concerns And Questions About How Those Same Hours May Lead To – Deficits In Core Mental Skills

~ TDLB-FR-A-PR-LIWONWCUWS-TSOI-AT-CLT-DT-G-O-I-OTOH-WJK-OOTSLOW ~ The Dividing Line Between – Fruitless Rumination – And – Productive Reflection – Lies In Whether Or Not We Come Up With Some – Tentative Solution Or Insight – And Then – Can Let Those – Distressing Thoughts – Go – Or – If – On The Other Hand – We Just Keep – Obsessing Over The Same Loop Of Worry

~ TMOFGD-TWWD ~ The More Our Focus Gets Disrupted – The Worse We Do

~ SFDW-TO-O-ED-ONWFSAITFIE ~ Since Focus Demands We – Tune Out – Our – Emotional Distractions – Our Neural Wiring For Selective Attention Includes That For Inhibiting Emotion

~ EVOAHIU ~ Every Variety Of Attention Has Its Uses

~ TVFT-AHOOTAD-STMWBSAT-AMTCETF ~ The Very Fact That – About Half Of Our Thoughts Are Daydreams – Suggests There May Well Be Some Advantages To – A Mind That Can Entertain The Fanciful

~ LCCRCITFOW-FP-I-WOHTRTVNTFACSITFP ~ Life’s Creative Challenges Rarely Come In The Form Of Well-Formulated Puzzles – Instead – We Often Have To Recognize The Very Need To Find A Creative Solution In The First Place

~ T-CC-WN-FT-W-WCSAOA ~ The – Creative Cocoon – We Need – Free Time – Where – We Can Sustain An Open Awareness

~ GT:SBS ~ GroupThink: Shared Blind Spots

~ W-IFMF-ATGAII-TBDWBM-B-GT-BWTUA-WKEWNT ~ When Information Flows Most Freely – Among The Group And Into It – The Best Decisions Will Be Made – But – GroupThink – Begins With The Unstated Assumption – We Know Everything We Need To

~ TRWNBTC-Y-EBATTWASSI-A-TTPEYGBB-TW-‘RLAIIWS’ ~ The Results Were No Better Than Chance – Yet – Everyone Behaved As Though There Were A Special Skill Involved – And – The Top Performers Each Year Got Big Bonuses – They Were – “Rewarding Luck As If It Were Skill”

~ AATGT:EYCOCBYCZ-A-IAI-GIBBAACON-BSC ~ Another Antidote To Groupthink: Expand Your Circle Of Connection Beyond Your Comfort Zone – And – Inoculate Against In-Group Isolation By Building An Ample Circle Of No-BS Confidants

~ ARE ~ Attention Regulates Emotion

~ TBS:ACLOS-C-IEBAPAPO-A-FS-AH-AA-SC/WOFO/IQ-W-ACIFILS ~ The Big Shock: A Child’s Level Of Self-Control – Is Every Bit As Powerful A Predictor Of – Adult – Financial Success – And – Health – As Are – Social Class / Wealth Of Family Origin / IQ – Willpower – A Completely Independent Force In Life Success

~ TPT-DOFOOT-A-IO-LATCOW ~ The Power To – Direct Our Focus Onto One Thing – And – Ignore Others – Lies At The Core Of Willpower

~ E-W-AT-IAP-GMAAUL-A-O-B-UC-CRI-O-AC-GTM-B-O-T-DA-MAAOI-THMHPI ~ Everything – We – Attend To – In Another Person – Generates Meaning At An Unconscious Level – And – Our – Bottom-Up Circuitry – Constantly Reads It – Our – Automatic Circuitry – Gets The Message – But – Our – Top-Down Awareness – Misses Almost All Of It – These Hidden Messages Have Powerful Impacts

~ ASF:ISOSSAP:TPTTTOTP ~ A Subtle Force: Invisible Signs Of Social Status And Powerlessness: The Powerful Tend To Tune Out The Powerless

~ TAOTPTD-IP-A-IT-B-PNA-HBTFO-SP-WAF-RBPATPWPMALAT-TPAPATOPATN-TW-OTOH-CHH-TM-TCATBLAOTNOOP ~ The Ability Of The Powerful To Dismissive – Inconvenient People – And – Inconvenient Truths – By – Paying No Attention – Has Become The Focus Of – Social Psychologists – Who Are Finding – Relationships Between Power And The People We Pay Most And Least Attention To – The Poor Are Particularly Attentive To Other People And Their Needs – The Wealthy – On The Other Hand – Can Hire Help – This Means – They Can Afford To Be Less Aware Of The Needs Of Other People

~ TMYCAS-TMAYP-A-TMAYP-TMYC-AIWL ~ The More You Care About Someone – The More Attention You Pay – And – The More Attention You Pay – The More You Care – Attention Interweaves With Love

~ AWDTRP? ~ Are We Defining The Right Problem?

~ DWHTRD? ~ Do We Have The Right Data?

~ WATABTATDGFI?-DTMGTAMOR? ~ What Are The Assumptions Behind The Algorithm The Data Gets Fed Into? – Does The Model Guiding Those Assumption Map On Reality?

~ WWAMB-PE-WWDFMMATUTALL-IASLIA ~ When We Are Motivated By – Positive Emotions – What We Do Feels More Meaningful And The Urge To Act Lasts Longer – It All Stays Longer In Attention

~ SL ~ Systems Literacy

~ ‘DALY’ ~ “Disability Adjusted Life Years”

~ VAOT-I-P/C/MP-WDIAEE-WNOKOCA-EI-W-ST-WNTRTA-AH-EO-FTF ~ Virtually All Of Today’s – Industrial – Platforms / Chemicals / Manufacturing Processes – Were Developed In An Earlier Era – When No One Knew Or Cared About – Environmental Impacts – With – Systems Thinking – We Need To Rethink Them All – A Huge – Entrepreneurial Opportunity – For The Future

~ HAHOP-ANFGP-HEIAD-PA-WP-MACD-SP-AIA-FL-TLY-REACT-PFA-ST-BTMPS-SSC-A-EOCNNFWWAP ~ Hours And Hours Of Practice – Are Necessary For Great Performance – How Experts In Any Domain – Pay Attention – While Praticing – Makes A Crucial Difference – Smart Practice – Always Includes A – Feedback Loop – That Lets You – Recognize Errors And Correct Them – Paying Full Attention – Seems To – Boost The Mind’s Processing Speed – Strengthen Synaptic Connections – And – Expand Or Create Neural Networks For What We Are Practicing

~ AFOOS-UUTADFASOTN-I/P/P-IC-SOW-EADSO-OAG-CUD ~ A Focus On Our Strengths – Urges Us Toward A Desired Future And Stimulates Openness To New – Ideas / People / Plans – In Contrast – Spotlighting Our Weaknesses – Elicits A Defensive Sense Of – Obligation And Guilt – Closing Us Down

~ WPW-SSU-A-OA-TANN-EL-ITLTR-EI ~ While People With – Superior Systems Understanding – Are – Organizational Assets – They Are Not Necessarily – Effective Leaders – If They Lack The Requisite – Emotional Intelligence

~ PFOTST-WITTGR-WVNAPT-WNTBDNTPFG ~ Politicians Focus On The Short Term – What It Takes To Get Reelected – With Virtually No Attention Paid To – What Needs To Be Done Now To Protect Future Generations

~ TA-HI-IA-TS:EO-AAU-IO-IO-IOCAS ~ There’s A – Hidden Ingredient – In Any – True Solution: Enhancing Our – Attention And Understanding – In Ourselves – In Others – In Our Communities And Societies

~ ITSTLIOGPTASG-LIWD-W-WAF-OSM-O-IAO-O-SAAW-WAALIOWOA ~ In The Sense That Leaders Influence Or Guide People Toward A Shared Goal – Leadership Is Widely Distributed – Whether – Within A Family – On Social Media – Or – In An Organization – Or – Society As A Whole – We Are All Leaders In One Way Or Another

~ GL-BTWC ~ Great Leaders – Benefit The Widest Circle

~ WNTROES-FI-HN ~ We Need To Reinvent Our Economic Systems – Factoring In – Human Needs

~ I-OF-SO-O-PE-S-I-IR-A-OOSG-T-ITLR-AOU-AAS-A-D ~ If – Our Focus – Serves Only – Our – Personal Ends – Self-Interest – Immediate Reward – And – Our Own Small Group – Then – In The Long Run – All Of Us – As A Species – Are – Doomed

HELEN WILKES ~ THE AGING OF AQUARIUS ~ 2018

~ I-P&P-AA-E ~ Igniting – Passion & Purpose – As An – Elder

~ IINSTFTIO-‘TGL’-HBSBSPAEA ~ It Is Natural Sometimes To Forget That Images Of – “The Good Life” – Have Been Shaped By Skillful Promoters And Effective Advertising

~ WATSTOOE-GAB-UWAHAWWAAHWGH-WALTSSITP ~ We Are All The Sum Total Of Our Experiences – Good And Bad – Unless We Are Honest About Who We Are And How We Got Here – We Are Likely To Stay Stuck In The Past

~ WWFTA-THWU-WEUTTFIWATWT-TI-EP-ACB-A-DOAS-NOTSTP-T-IE-RAAD-SHNTM-O-O-P-L-M ~ When We Fail To Acknowledge – The Hole Within Us – We End Up Trying To Fill It With All The Wrong Things – These Include – Excess Possessions – A Constant Busyness – And – Distractions Of All Sorts – None Of These Solve The Problem – That – Inner Emptiness – Revolves Around A Deep-Seated Human Need To Make – Our – One – Precious – Life – Meaningful

~ HYBHAFS? ~ Have You Been Hiding A False Self?

~ T-GOD-WNSGFAWROP ~ The – Good Old Days – Were Not So Good For A Wide Range Of People

~ AA-E-ICSS-IAW-B-ICRFLTOW ~ As An – Elder – I Cannot Singlehandedly Stop – Injustice And Wrongdoing – But – I Can Refrain From Looking The Other Way

~ A-FAF-TTY-WSYC ~ Ask – Family And Friends – To Tell You – Which Sayings You Cite

~ FWB ~ Fostering Well-Being

~ WAUTFPUWSI ~ We Are Unlikely To Find Purpose Unless We Seek It

~ TPYOTBALAOAYBUOY ~ Try Patting Yourself On The Back At Least As Often As You Beat Up On Yourself

~ STWOP ~ Strong Ties With Other People

~ RIC-SI-AAM-HR ~ Researchers Increasingly Cite – Social Isolation – As A Major – Health Risk

~ PIL ~ Purpose In Life

~ C-MT-EE-EBAMAICT-VY ~ Curiosity – Marks The – Energetic Elder – Every Bit As Much As It Characterizes The – Very Young

~ CAEIUTFOC ~ Childhood And Elderhood Invite Us To Feed Our Curiosity

~ CCOC ~ Creating Circles Of Connectivity

~ FAP-WWWFTSOCAAGMPTJ ~ Friends And People – With Whom We Feel That Spark Of Connection Are A Gift More Precious Than Jewels

~ S-I-WBTAADOOOL ~ Sometimes – Inadvertently – We Become The Authors And Designers Of Our Own Loneliness

~ FOOTCCIA ~ Focus On Opportunities To Convert Compassion Into Action

~ EOUHASPOHTII-DLIPAV-WRTTSP ~ Each Of Us Has A Set Point Of Happiness That Is Inborn – Despite Life’s Inevitable Peaks And Valleys – We Revert To That Set Point

~ PGOADBAARTAP ~ Practice Gratitude On A Daily Basis At A Regular Time And Place

~ RYTGTWHABTWH-B-TLOOHIYTC ~ Remind Yourself That Good Things Will Happen And Bad Things Will Happen – But – The Level Of Overall Happiness Is Yours To Choose

~ TOHYLTBRATLYLTL ~ Think Of How You’d Like To Be Remembered And The Legacy You’d Like To Leave

~ LINMJBIINE ~ Life Is Not Meaningless Just Because It Is Not Endless

MARCEL MAUSS ~ THE GIFT ~ 1925

~ ATHNE-EIAEFCITTOO-OISTWLTSAA-POI-ATMRWICA’N’-E ~ Apparently There Has Never Existed – Either In An Era Fairly Close In Time To Our Own – Or In Societies That We Lump Together Somewhat Awkwardly As – Primitive Or Inferior – Anything That Might Resemble What Is Called A – “Natural” – Economy

~ TEOGATOTR ~ The Exchange Of Gifts And The Obligation To Reciprocate

~ TOTG ~ The Obligation To Give – The Obligation To Receive

~ TPMTH-A-TPMTTG ~ The Present Made To Humans – And – The Present Made To The Gods

~ E-T-G ~ Exchange-Through-Gift

~ L/H/M ~ Liberality / Honour / Money

~ ROG ~ Rules Of Generosity

~ MOO ~ Mechanisms Of Obligation

~ H&C ~ Honour And Credit

~ TTO:TG/TR/TR ~ The Three Obligations: To Give / To Receive / To Reciprocate

~ T-‘MOF’ ~ The – “Money Of Fame”

~ TAFOE-GPAR-SBAVLPOH-DAVLTP-M-SS ~ The Archaic Form Of Exchange – Gifts Presented And Reciprocated – Shared By A Very Large Part Of Humanity – During A Very Long Transitional Phase – Moreover – Still Subsists

~ F-E-ISNW-CITO-BAS ~ Fortunately – Everything – Is Still Not Wholly – Categorized In Terms Of – Buying And Selling

~ S-W-MUOSOTHC-TRMCBTCT-F-A-AB-O-A-TFGOTFC

~ Societies – Whether – Made Up Of Savages Or The Highly Civilized – The Rich Must Come Back To Considering Themselves – Freely – And – Also By – Obligation – As – The Financial Guardians Of Their Fellow Citizens

~ ‘TS’-CTC-TSW-IAG-EEWOA-CT-MA-SOEAL-TWCFOOWWCC ~ “Total Services” – Clan To Clan – The System In Which – Individuals And Groups – Exchange Everything With One Another – Constitutes The – Most Ancient – System Of Economy And Law – That We Can Find Or Of Which We Can Conceive

~ TV-EA-FE-TM-ASW-RAM ~ The Various – Economic Activities – For Example – The Market – Are Suffused With – Rituals And Myths

~ IIB-ORTF-B-PTWTPASOOI-TPSI-S-A/G/T-F-W/I/S ~ It Is By – Opposing Reason To Feeling – By – Pitting The Will To Peace Against Sudden Outburst Of Insanity – That People Succeed In – Substituting – Alliance / Gifts / Trade – For – War / Isolation / Stagnation

~ SHPISFATT-TS-AL-T-I-IT-HSI-SR-G-R-AF-GIR ~ Societies Have Progressed In So Far As They Themselves – Their Subgroups – And Lastly – The – Individuals – In Them – Have Succeeded In – Stabilizing Relationships – Giving – Receiving – And Finally – Giving In Return

BRENE BROWN ~ THE GUIDEPOSTS FOR WHOLEHEARTED LIVING ~ THE GIFTS OF IMPERFECTION ~ 2010

CULTIVATING:

~ A:LGO-WPT ~ Authenticity: Letting Go Of – What People Think

~ S-C:LGO-P ~ Self-Compassion: Letting Go Of – Perfectionism

~ RS:LGO-NAP ~ Resilient Spirit: Letting Go Of – Numbing And Powerlessness

~ GAJ:LGO-SAFOTD ~ Gratitude And Joy: Letting Go Of – Scarcity And Fear Of The Dark

~ IATF:LGO-TNFC ~ Intuition And Trusting Faith: Letting Go Of – The Need For Certainty

~ C:LGO-C ~ Creativity: Letting Go Of – Comparison

~ PAR:LGO-EAASS-A-PAS-W ~ Play And Rest: Letting Go Of – Exhaustion As A Status Symbol – And – Productivity As Self-Worth

~CAS:LGO-AAAL ~ Calm And Stillness: Letting Go Of – Anxiety As A Lifestyle

~ MW:LGO-S-D-A-‘ST’ ~ Meaningful Work: Letting Go Of – Self-Doubt – And – “Supposed To”

~ L/S/D:LGO-BC-A-‘AIC’ ~ Laughter / Song / Dance : Letting Go Of – Being Cool – And – “Always In Control”

BRENE BROWN ~ DARING GREATLY ~ 2012

~ LAB-INO ~ Love And Belonging – Irreducible Needs

~ LALDB-C-C-A-C ~ Living A Life Defined By – Courage – Compassion – And – Connection

~ V-I-TC-TH-TC-O-MHE ~ Vulnerability – Is – The Core – The Heart – The Center – Of – Meaningful Human Experiences

~ WATMAETDOCAHDCIOB? ~ What Are The Messages And Expectations That Define Our Culture And How Does Culture Influence Our Behaviors?

~ HAOSABRTPO? ~ How Are Our Struggles And Behaviors Related To Protecting Ourselves?

~ HAO-B/T/E-RTVATNFASSOW? ~ How Are Our – Behaviors / Thoughts / Emotions – Related To Vulnerability And The Need For A Strong Sense Of Worthiness?

~ V:U/R/EE ~ Vulnerability: Uncertainty / Risk / Emotional Exposure

~ I-AC-W? ~ Is – Accepting Accountability – Weak?

~ TPWTTW-NSOVT-DA-W-IF-TMV ~ The Participants Who Thought They Were – Not Susceptible Or Vulnerable To – Deceptive Advertising – Were – In Fact – The Most Vulnerable

~ ASOW-IUTBV-SO-A-P-S-KU-S-R-A-A ~ A Sense Of Worthiness – Inspires Us To Be Vulnerable – Share Openly – And – Persevere – Shame – Keeps Us – Small – Resentful – And – Afraid

~ SDIPFBU ~ Shame Derives Its Power From Being Unspeakable

~ TWBFAMAC ~ There Will Be Failures And Mistakes And Criticism

~ TLWTAS-TMCIHOOL ~ The Less We Talk About Shame – The More Control It Has Over Our Lives

~ SIRP-TIOSAACIRBOBC-A-TPTRFSRADIRP ~ Shame Is Real Pain – The Importance Of Social Acceptance And Connection Is Reinforced By Our Brain Chemistry – And – The Pain That Results From Social Rejection And Disconnection Is Real Pain

~ G-IJAPA-S-B-IIIP-WSID ~ Guilt – Is Just As Powerful As – Shame – But – It’s Influence Is Positive – While Shame’s Is Destructive

~ E-ICWTETSIE-NTEOTC ~ Empathy – Is Connecting With The Emotion That Someone Is Experiencing – Not The Event Or The Circumstance

~ TSDTMIRTIWA-T-MEW ~ Shame Dissipated The Minute I Realized That I Wasn’t Alone – That – My Experience Was Human

~ TAO-WATE-FALA-FOTWAD-F-TOFD-CPMCIPAMH ~ The Act Of – Writing About Traumatic Experience – For As Little As – Fifteen Or Twenty Minutes A Day – For – Three Or Four Days – Can Produce Measurable Changes In Physical And Mental Health

~ TINIWV-YAPEOVAC ~ There Is No Intimacy Without Vulnerability – Yet Another Powerful Example Of Vulnerability As Courage

~ AMT-D-D-O-DTF-AGOP-AACO-‘B’-IAACAP-RBDND ~ Asking Members To – Dislike – Disown – Or – Distance Themselves From – Another Group Of People – As A Condition Of – “Belonging” – Is Always About Control And Power – Real Belonging Doesn’t Necessitate Disdain

~ V-ITLTIWYTSIM-B-TFTILFIY ~ Vulnerability – Is The Last Thing I Want You To See In Me – But – The First Thing I Look For In You

~ W-V-W-T-C-A-MS-WWS ~ We’re – Visual – We – Trust – Consume – And – Mentally Store – What We See

~ J-CTUIM-OM ~ Joy – Comes To Us In Moments – Ordinary Moments

~ BGFWYH ~ Be Grateful For What You Have

~ DSJ-Y0IV-B-ETWAOTLIJAGITTM-WBR-A-WCH ~ Don’t Squander Joy – Yes – It’s Vulnerable – But – Every Time We Allow Ourselves To Lean Into Joy And Give In To Those Moments – We Build Resilience – And – We Cultivate Hope

~ WWSCAWPT-WLOCFC-WWBDBWPT-WLOWTBV-IWDATC-WLOOIF-B-IWSOTTH-OSGC-IAT-ATSNBITOOTPIOLWCHUR-C ~ When We Stop Caring About What People Think – We Lose Our Capacity For Connection – When We Become Defined By What People Think – We Lose Our Willingness To Be Vulnerable – If We Dismiss All The Criticism – We Lose Out On Important Feedback – But – If We Subject Ourselves To The Hatefulness – Our Spirits Get Crushed – It’s A Tightrope – And – The Safety Net Below Is The One Or Two People In Our Lives Who Can Help Us Reality-Check

~ WCGPWWDH-WWA-MIMT-WWK-O-WWWTB ~ We Can’t Give People What We Don’t Have – Who We Are – Matters Immeasurably More Than – What We Know – Or – Who We Want To Be

~ VIATHOTFP ~ Vulnerability Is At The Heart Of The Feedback Process

~ H-IAFO-S ~ Hope – Is A Function Of – Struggle

CARLO CIPOLLA ~ THE BASIC LAWS OF HUMAN STUPIDITY ~ 2021

~ OIRARSBTFT:PWOHOJRAITOTBUS=OIHIOABSIWASAUITMIPAATMIM ~ One Is Repeatedly And Recurrently Startled By The Fact That: People Whom One Had Once Judged Rational And Intelligent Turn Out To Be Unashamedly Stupid + One Is Harassed In One’s Activities By Stupid Individuals Who Appear Suddenly And Unexpectedly In The Most Inconvenient Places And At The Most Improbable Moments

~ SIAIPOAHGAIUDATACP-TOFTSPOSPWOICVLGODWVSO-YAHTFTSPOSP-WP(IAWTFL)WASYE ~ Stupidity Is An Indiscriminate Privilege Of All Human Groups And Is Uniformly Distributed According To A Constant Proportion – Thus One Finds The Same Percentage Of Stupid People Whether One Is Considering Very Large Groups Or Dealing With Very Small Ones – You Always Have To Face The Same Percentage Of Stupid People – Which Percentage (In Accordance With The First Law) Will Always Surpass Your Expectations

~ WTBTDHW-AGOAL-T-D-IUTDTDANT ~ Whether The Blow To Dick’s Head Was – A Gain Or A Loss – To – Dick – Is Up To Dick To Decide And Not Tom

~ TFITRPHDCAUUB ~ The Fact Is That Reasonable People Have Difficulty Conceiving And Understanding Unreasonable Behavior

~ NTG-F-C-E/D/H-TINE-OB-TIOOE:TPIQIS ~ Nothing To Gain – From – Causing – Embarrassment / Difficulties / Harm – There Is No Explanation – Or Better – There Is Only One Explanation: The Person In Question Is Stupid

~ S-S ~ Super-Stupid

~ SAP-TDPOASPIRTTPOPAC ~ Stupidity And Power – The Damaging Potential Of A Stupid Person Is Related To The Position Of Power And Consequence

~ TPOS ~ The Power Of Stupidity

~ S/P/I-P-ETDPOASP ~ Social / Political / Institutional – Power – Enhances The Damaging Potential Of A Stupid Person

~ E-SPADAD-B-RPFIDTIAUUB-B-TSPADNCTTROR-OIGCBS-OCOARD-B-TAILARS ~ Essentially – Stupid People Are Dangerous And Damaging – Because – Reasonable People Find It Difficult To Imagine And Understand Unreasonable Behavior – Because – The Stupid Person’s Actions Do Not Conform To The Rules Of Rationality – One Is Generally Caught By Surprise – One Cannot Organize A Rational Defense – Because – The Attack Itself Lacks Any Rational Structure

~ OOOITTAOWASI-FOOS-SAMCOHDE-B-IIBOACMOTENOS-IGTSPAS-BOT-EBOTS-OCNFATS-AAR-A-BLOWBPBTUMOTS ~ On Occasion One Is Tempted To Associate Oneself With A Stupid Individual – For One’s Own Schemes – Such A Maneuver Can Only Have Disastrous Effects – Because – It Is Based On A Complete Misunderstanding Of The Essential Nature Of Stupidity – It Gives The Stupid Person Added Scope – Because Of The – Erratic Behavior Of The Stupid – One Can Not Foresee All The Stupid’s – Actions And Reactions – And – Before Long One Will Be Pulverized By The Unpredictable Moves Of The Stupid

ERNST SCHUMACHER ~ TOWARDS A THEORY OF LARGE-SCALE ORGANISATION ~ PRINCIPLES ~ SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL ~ 1973

~ S:THLMNATFOTLO-OTAT-BH-IWABWAFTME ~ Subsidiarity: The Higher Level Must Not Absorb The Functions Of The Lower One – On The Assumption That – Being Higher – It Will Automatically Be Wiser And Fulfill Them More Efficiently

~ V:EFEC-TSUMBDARAU ~ Vindication: Except For Exceptional Cases – The Subsidiary Unit Must Be Defended Against Reproach And Upheld

~ I:ESU-MH-A-BS ~ Identification – Each Subsidiary Unit – Must Have – A – Balance Sheet

~ M:PAIAWTM ~ Motivation: People Act In Accordance With Their Motives

ERNST SCHUMACHER ~ SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL ~ 1973

~ SIB ~ Small Is Beautiful

~ EAIPM ~ Economics As If People Mattered

~ TCEOH ~ The Continued Existence Of Humanity

~ SE ~ Spaceship Earth

~ FF-CBR-OTAG-TAGFE ~ Fossil Fuels – Cannot Be Recycled – Once They Are Gone – They Are Gone For Ever

~ IW-SO-FF-WTC-B-IW-STC-RB-LNAU-W-TLI ~ If We – Squander Our – Fossil Fuels – We Threaten Civilization – But – If We – Squander The Capital – Represented By – Living Nature Around Us – We – Threaten Life Itself

~ WHIBLOTCO-LN-FST-B-AAFMR-IIOSTEO-WWII0TWHSIITRTAP-R-SRTMOUHHYBCOI-THBAU-QJIIP ~ We Have Indeed Been Living On The Capital Of – Living Nature – For Some Time – But – At A Fairly Modest Rate – It Is Only Since Then End Of – World War II – That We Have Succeeded In Increasing This Rate To Alarming Proportions – Recently – So Recently That Most Of Us Have Hardly Yet Become Conscious Of It – There Has Been A Unique – Quantitative Jump In Industrial Production

~ TTAT-F-IUOIILTA-N-A-WCWDN-?-TSTL-WIAVM-WMTUTP-A-BTSTPOEANL-S-W-NMOPANPOC:AL-SDFP ~ To Talk About The – Future – Is Useful Only If It Leads To Action – Now – And – What Can We Do Now – ? – To Say The Least – Which Is Already Very Much – We Must Thoroughly Understand The Problem – And – Begin To See The Possibility Of Evolving A New Life-Style – With – New Methods Of Production And New Patterns Of Consumption: A Life-Style Designed For Permanence

~ IHVSA-GAE-A-SC-TIRINLTA-COI ~ If Human Vices Such As – Greed And Envy – Are – Systematically Cultivated – The Inevitable Result Is Nothing Less Than A – Collapse Of Intelligence

~ T-CAEON-IT-AOW-IIAT-AOFAP-E-ION-TTIO-DOOF-OWOCHC-A-TI-EF ~ The – Cultivation And Expansion Of Needs – Is The – Antithesis Of Wisdom – It Is Also The – Antithesis Of Freedom And Peace – Every – Increase Of Needs – Tends To Increase One’s – Dependence On Outside Forces – Over Which One Cannot Have Control – And – Therefore Increase – Existential Fear

~ E-B-M-E-E-B-COEP-A-E-E-G-VATE-DNR-P:TAA-DOW ~ Ever-Bigger – Machines – Entailing – Ever-Bigger – Concentrations Of Economic Power – And – Exerting – Ever-Greater – Violence Against The Environment – Do Not Represent – Progress: They Are A – Denial Of Wisdom

~ TIWIS-IOOAOT-SAP-O-HK-WRO-E-FMTO-U ~ There Is Wisdom In Smallness – If Only On Account Of The – Smallness And Patchiness – Of – Human Knowledge – Which Relies On – Experiment – Far More Than On – Understanding

~ II-O-SU-WTBCOTBOLOONR-T-AC-O-MG-WPTTTTWUITLQ ~ It Is – Obvious – Small Units – Will Take Better Care Of Their Bit Of Land Or Other Natural Resources – Than – Anonymous Companies – Or – Megalomanic Governments – Which Pretend To Themselves That The Whole Universe Is Their Legitimate Quarry

~ BWIW?-WCIBF?-TBATFI-OHFT-LO-FS-M-A-GAE-T-SFL-EIOM-PT-IOWWAOINOW ~ But What Is Wisdom? – Where Can It Be Found? – To Be Able To Find It – One Has First To – Liberate Oneself – From Such – Masters – As – Greed And Envy – The – Stillness Following Liberation – Even If Only Momentary – Produces The – Insights Of Wisdom Which Are Obtainable In No Other Way

~ T-HAFU-OA-L-DPTTPO-M-E-TTNOT-S ~ The – Hollowness And Fundamental Unsatisfactoriness – Of A – Life – Devoted Primarily To The Pursuit Of – Material – Ends – To The Neglect Of The – Spiritual

~ N-T-ME-HBBUTC-‘L’-O-W-ALMTA-NE-A-IOC-TBRTAM-IICB-EA-S-B-A ~ Now – The – Modern Economist – Has Been Brought Up To Consider – “Labour” – Or – Work – As Little More Than A – Necessary Evil – An – Item Of Cost – To Be Reduced To A Minimum – If It Cannot Be – Eliminated Altogether –Say – By – Automation

~ A-W-PCICO-HDAF-BTWDIAETP ~ And – Work – Properly Conducted In Conditions Of – Human Dignity And Freedom – Blesses Those Who Do It And Equally Their Products

~ TSHWFFS-RTFSN-S-F-RT-S ~ To Satisfy Human Wants From Faraway Sources – Rather Than From Sources Nearby – Signifies – Failure – Rather Than – Success

~ APBIELON-RFI-LP-O-C-IO-I ~ A Population Basing Its Economic Life On Non-Renewable Fuels Is – Living Parasitically – On – Capital – Instead Of – Income

~ AQOS ~ A Question Of Size

~ LU-TTBUI-SU ~ Large Units – Tend To Break Up Into – Smaller Units

~ WNTFO-LALO-S-AU-A-ATST-TOOL-S-P-G-UAC ~ We Need The Freedom Of – Lots And Lots Of – Small – Autonomous Units – And – At The Same Time – The Orderliness Of Large-Scale – Possibly – Global – Unity And Coordination

~ FEATIACAS ~ For Every Activity There Is A Certain Appropriate Scale

~ FTAIC-OU-ANDOF-TAATTDF-B-MEEVAEI ~ Fast Transport And Instantaneous Communications – Open Up – A New Dimension Of Freedom – These Achievements Also Tend To Destroy Freedom – By – Making Everything Extremely Vulnerable And Extremely Insecure

~ B-TRRSTP-MOTET ~ But – The Rich Rarely Subsidize The Poor – More Often They Exploit Them

~ NSLS-A-NSLS ~ Nothing Succeeds Like Success – And – Nothing Stagnates Like Stagnation

~ IIASPI-T-TCWOP-DECDNTHTP-IIPTOSPAVAHIFTRO-MTA-RAP-RAMP ~ It Is A Strange Phenomenon Indeed – That – The Conventional Wisdom Of Present-Day Economics Can Do Nothing To Help The Poor – Invariably It Proves That Only Such Policies Are Viable As Have In Fact The Result Of – Making Those Already – Rich And Powerful – Richer And More Powerful

~ PBTM-RT-MP ~ Production By The Masses – Rather Than – Mass Production

~ PCOBTI-SCG ~ People Can Only Be Themselves In – Small Comprehensible Groups

~ IINAQOWWCABOWWCTSOMO ~ It Is Not A Question Of What We Can Afford But Of What We Choose To Spend Our Money On

~ TQNTBAWTERALTBAFTFDOAISTCSMAASL ~ The Question Needs To Be Asked Whether The Earth’s Resources Are Likely To Be Adequate For The Further Development Of An Industrial System That Consumes So Much And Accomplishes So Little

~ IDNRMTASAOITRT-IGOMCIAFWIAI ~ It Does Not Require More Than A Simple Act Of Insight To Realize That – Infinite Growth Of Materiel Consumption In A Finite World Is An Impossibility

~ ABBONOTWT ~ Assurances Being Based On Nothing Other Than Wishful Thinking

~ TTOE ~ The Thralldom Of Economism

~ A-WOL-TBIO-M-O-PLE-IA-FE-CLL-A-ILEITSTMSIPIEO ~ A – Way Of Life – That Bases Itself On – Materialism – On – Permanent Limitless Expansionism – In A – Finite Environment – Cannot Last Long – And – Its Life Expectation Is The Shorter The More Successfully It Pursues It Expansionist Objectives

~ WMCOW-J-A-SRP ~ We Must Concern Ourselves With Justice – And – See Right Prevail

~ T-L-W-A-H-OAS-DOC-‘PS’-WA-IPAHV-SC/C/MR-A-AA-TATBH-ATAME-DAD-WT-‘PS’-AGD ~ The – Life – Work – And – Happiness – Of All Societies – Depend On Certain – “Psychological Structures” – Which Are – Infinitely Precious And Highly Vulnerable – Social Cohesion / Cooperation / Mutual Respect – And – Above All – The Ability To Bear Hardship – All This And Much Else – Disintegrates And Disappears – When These – “Psychological Structures” – Are Gravely Damaged

~ MWWRNIN-E-O-B-T-O-A-T-O-A-T-S-T ~ Maybe What We Really Need Is Not – Either-Or – But – The-One-And-The-Other-At-The-Same-Time

~ AOHTSCFTOOOATDOCF ~ Any Organization Has To Strive Continuously For The Orderliness Of Order And The Disorderliness Of Creative Freedom

~ C-IMAIOO;D-OOF ~ Centralization – Is Mainly An Idea Of Order; Decentralisation – One Of Freedom

~ L-CGO-FTSUTTL(AH)O-NTOWR-A-L-IAEEITHOAO ~ Loyalty – Can Grow Only – From The Smaller Units To The Larger (And Higher) Ones – Not The Other Way Round – And – Loyalty – Is An Essential Element In The Health Of Any Organisation

~ I-CRBAITRW-B-TANTLM-TITADFTIHTBSAAJ ~ Ideals – Can Rarely Be Attained In The Real World – But – They Are None The Less Meaningful – They Imply That Any Departure From The Ideal Has To Be Specially Argued And Justified

~ F-IIDTMBAP-SAMNP-IBACP ~ First – It Is Dangerous To Mix Business And Politics – Such A Mixing Normally Produces – Inefficient Business And Corrupt Politics

~ LAOPF-SO-‘I’-T-B-GLT-PE-FOC ~ Large Amounts Of – Public Funds – Spent On – “Infrastructure” – The – Benefits – Go Largely To – Private Enterprise – Free Of Charge

~ T-‘LOP’-IN-TLO-L-NTO-S ~ The – “Logic Of Production” – Is Neither – The Logic Of – Life – Nor That Of – Society

NASSIM TALEB ~ NO ~ VIA NEGATIVA ~ SKIN IN THE GAME ~ 2018

~ M-W-S ~ Muscles – Without – Strength

~ F-W-T ~ Friendship – Without – Trust

~ O-W-C ~ Opinion – Without – Consequence

~ C-W-A ~ Change – Without – Aesthetics

~ A-W-V ~ Age – Without – Values

~ L-W-E ~ Life – Without – Effort

~ W-W-T ~ Water – Without – Thirst

~ F-W-N ~ Food – Without – Nourishment

~ L-W-S ~ Love – Without – Sacrifice

~ P-W-F ~ Power – Without – Fairness

~ F-W-R ~ Facts – Without – Rigor

~ S-W-L ~ Statistics – Without – Logic

~ M-W-P ~ Mathematics – Without – Proof

~ T-W-E ~ Teaching – Without – Experience

~ P-W-W ~ Politeness – Without – Warmth

~ V-W-E ~ Values – Without – Embodiment

~ D-W-E ~ Degrees – Without – Erudition

~ M-W-F ~ Militarism – Without – Fortitude

~ P-W-C ~ Progress – Without – Civilization

~ F-W-I ~ Friendship – Without – Investment

~ V-W-R ~ Virtue – Without – Risk

~ P-W-E ~ Probability – Without – Ergodicity

~ W-W-E ~ Wealth – Without – Exposure

~ C-W-D ~ Complication – Without – Depth

~ F-W-C ~ Fluency – Without – Content

~ D-W-S ~ Decision – Without – Symmetry

~ S-W-S ~ Science – Without – Skepticism

~ R-W-T ~ Religion – Without – Tolerance