JOHN MCMURTRY ~ VALUE WARS ~ 2002

~ TGM-V-TLE ~ The Global Market – Versus – The Life Economy

~ WGATGOC-IEA-NC-O-A-AHA ~ What Goes Against The Grain Of Conditioning – Is Experienced As – Not Credible – Or – As – A Hostile Act

~ WB? ~ Who Benefits?

~ ASO-MA-IEDIFCGWWDNB ~ A Structure Of – Mindless Absolutism – Is Easily Detectable In Fanatical Cults To Which We Do Not Belong

~ ED ~ Economic Determinism

~ TCOFIRBTEROCASAFVOWTCT ~ The Closure Of Fanaticism Is Revealed By – Repetition Of Certitudes – And – Simultaneous Abolition From View Of Whatever Truth Contradicts Them

~ S-SFF-W-TIROT ~ Slogans – Substitute For Fact – Without – The Inhibiting Reflection Of Thought

~ UIIPAF ~ Universal Insecurity Is Proclaimed As Freedom

~ FINCOS-R ~ Fanaticism Is Not Capable Of Self-Recognition

~ WO-URBF-PCATFI-I-MAPFE-AAMOCDF ~ Whatever Obstructs – Universal Rule By For-Profit Corporations And Transnational Financial Institutions – Is – Marked And Pursued For Extinction – As A Matter Of Consistent Documentable Fact

~ ITE-TETOTM-I-TSOIAWO ~ In The End – The Economic Theology Of The Market – Is – The Soul Of Its Absolutist World Order

~ WOTPHBPLAO-WVG ~ War On The Poor Has Been Packaged Like A One-Way Video Game

~ SO-SD-F-SLD-I-TOMOTGCS ~ Severance Of – Strategic Decision – From – Systematic Life Devastation – Is – The Organising Meaning Of The Global Corporate System

~ F-T-OI-FO ~ Free Trade – Oligopolist Intra-Firm Operations

~ G-TC ~ Globalisation – Transnational Corporatisation

~ D-SOELS ~ Development – Stripping Of Evolved Life Systems

~ SMRTTCAN-OE ~ Still More Rights To Transnational Corporations And No-One Else

~ TRTKAMPPTPRPP ~ The Right To Kill And Maim Poor People To Protect Rich People’s Property

~ TPW-MF-TDTOOT-IT-IIDFSLC ~ The Problem With – Market Fundamentalism – The Dominant Theology Of Our Time – Is That – It Is Decoupled From Society’s Life Conditions

~ FOPBF ~ Fear Of People Being Free

~ US-CRATMM-CMUPBA ~ Upbeat Slogans – Ceaselessly Repeated Across The Mass Media – Can Make Unthinking People Believe Anything

~ TBL-DNS-SLAIINO ~ The Big Lie – Does Not Stop – So Long As It Is Not Opposed

~ BL-GBATAITT-A-OBL-BOTN-RTCFAATOL ~ Big Lies – Grow Bigger As They Are Instituted Through Time – And – One Big Lie – Builds Onto The Next – Restructuring The Cultural Fabric As A Tissue Of Lies

~ WPE-WWOABFBBRAAAOET ~ Without Public Exposure – What Was Once A Breathtaking Falsehood Becomes By Repetition An Accepted Assumption Of Everyday Thought

~ EIIAS-I-TIAN-AS ~ Every Issue Is Already Settled – In – The Inevitable And No-Alternative System

~ TCOTM ~ The Cult Of Technological Miracles

~ TPVTG-NOPATCO-IAPTCFPBAFI-TAEUPCIDTTPBTPTVC-A-CP-WTBH-IE-SFTSAOGBPN-TSOPPHBS-A-PBTIBDTGCACCAA-‘IITE’-A-HPCO-‘I’ ~ The Public Via Their Governments – Not Only Pay All The Costs Of – Instituting And Protecting The Currency For Private Banks And Financial Institutions – They Also End Up Paying Compounding Interest Debts To These Private Banks To Provide The Very Currency-And-Credit Powers – Which These Banks Have – In Effect – Stolen From The Sovereign Authority Of Governments Beneath Public Notice – The Surrender Of Public Power Has Been Silent – And – Pushed By The Incoherent Banker Dogma That Government Currency And Credit Creation Are An – “interference In The Economy” – And – Have Perilous Consequences Of – “Inflation”

~ LMTYDHTO-A-CCIOWYDHTLIOO-SAWODTSTADOSF-WBAMCCFAOAITM-B-PBCSCCPBPTM ~ Loaning Money That You Don’t Have To Others – And – Collecting Compounded Interest On What You Don’t Have To Lend In Organised Off-Set Arrangements With Others Doing The Same To Avoid Detection Of Short Funds – Would Be A Major Criminal Conspiracy For All Other Agents In The Market – But – Private Banks Control Society’s Currency Creation Powers By Precisely This Method

~ IINCHALT-100%-CR-F-PLMFP-IRFAMS-LTOBSOHOHBEWFIINARTOCDIACOLPR ~ It Is Not Clear How Any Less Than – 100 Per Cent – Cash Reserve – For – Privately Loaned Money For Profit – Is Reasonable From A Market Standpoint – Lending To Others Beyond Savings One Has Or Has Been Entrusted With For Investment Is Not A Right That One Can Discover In Any Constitution Or Legal Property Right

~ TINFIHTRA-TMEBPBOTPPOMCAD ~ There Is No Fraud In History That Remotely Approaches – The Monopoly Expropriation By Private Banks Of The Public Power Of Money Creation And Dissolution

~ T-MP-BW-GTIIR-I-T-MTFWL-A-T-MTFMC ~ The – Master Principle – By Which – Government Taxation Is Increasingly Ruled – Is – To – Maximise Taxation For Working Lives – And – To – Minimise Taxation For Money Capital

~ ROAWPBCAACOTSOTP-ITSMTHT-I-A-AGPWFF-LES-II-IF-AROASC-ICUTW-A-RWM ~ Recycling Of All Waste Produced By Corporations As A Condition Of The Sale Of Their Products – In The Society’s Market That Hosts Them – Is – Again – A Generalisable Principle Which Follows From – Life Economy Standards – It Is – In Fact – A Requirement Of Any Sustainable Civilization – It Cleans Up The Waste – And – Recovers Wasted Materials

~ N-FM-HEEOCEW-CGRASR-T-I/C/P-PR-T-GIMOE-AT-PISIASOA-P/A/P ~ No – Free Market – Has Ever Existed Or Can Exist Without – Continuous Government Regulation And Subsidising Resources – To – Institute / Codify / Protect – Property Relations – To – Guarantee Its Medium Of Exchange – And To – Provide Its Social Infrastructure And Security Of Agents – Police / Armies / Prisons

~ TRWIBH-B-S-OSAMMT-R ~ The Reality Wall Is Being Hit – But – Still – Only Slogans And Magical Market Thinking – Rule

~ ST-TFS-ISRF-OSDAA-WDCEAITATER-ATINA-A-L-A-DPFTW ~ Since The – Transnational Financial System – Is Systematically Responsible For – One Structural Disaster After Another – With Deepening Catastrophic Effects And Incapacity To Adapt To Economic Reality – A Turnaround Is Needed As – A – Life-And-Death Priority For The World

~ ‘OD’-A-TPO-NS-I-JTLRODCUOOATWOTCOTPI ~ “Odious Debt” – And – The Principles Of – National Sovereignty – Itself – Justify The Legitimate Repudiation Of Debt Contracted Under Oppression Or Against The Will Or The Consent Of The People Indebted

~ IFI-WNABT-TDBI-S-TEOMAVTATS-WNCTANPFOAPFAA ~ International Financial Instrument – With No Accountability Beyond Themselves – Their Defining Behaviour Is – Short-Term Exploitation Of Margins And Vulnerable Takeover Assets To Strip – With No Commitment To Any New Productive Function Or Any Productive Function At All

~ FCTR-WDT-L-PR-MBTSMICAOA-‘IR-BE’-W-OWS-ATPO-IT-TCBNDO-CEC ~ Few Still Connected To Reality – Would Disagree That – Life-Protective Regulation – May Be The Single Most Important Constructive Achievement Of Any – “International Rules-Based Economy” – Without – Obligatory World Standards – As The Priority Of – International Trade – There Can Be No Doubt Of – Cumulative Ecological Catastrophe

~ IR-TFC-T-TCM-P-I-NB-TDOATO-A-PLONO-DMS-A-NRC ~ In Reality – The Free Competition – That – The Classical Market – Prescribes – Is – Nullified By – The Dominance Of A Transnational Oligopoly – Against – Prior Laws Of National Ownership – Domestic Market Share – And – Natural Resource Control

~ LS-I-LE ~ Life Standards – In – Life Economy

~ TPO-OTTP-IRF-RFTF-IA-GP ~ The Principle Of – Obligation To The Public – In Return For – Rights From The Public – Is A – Generalisable Principle

JOHN MCMURTRY ~ THE LIFE ECONOMY MANIFESTO ~ VALUE WARS ~ 2002

~ PA-O-CACC-B-100%-RFPI-BL ~ Public Accountability – Of – Currency And Credit Creation – By – 100 Per Cent – Reserves For Private Interest-Bearing Loans

~ PAA-O-IF-LC-IR-A-TL-TSF-LCF ~ Public Authority’s Allocation – Of – Investment Funds – Loan Credits – Interest Rates – And – Taxation Levels – To Select For – Life Capital Formation

~ IRTE-O-COCCC ~ Internalisation Rather Than Externalisation – Of – Costs Of Corporate Commodity Cycles

~ NCI-A-W-B/I-B-I-T-MAATTEOE ~ Natural Capital Inventories – And – Well-Being/Ill-Being – Indexes – To – Measure And Achieve The True Efficiencies Of Economies

~ IOAICCH-T-PAOTNOEOSN ~ Institution Of An International Currency Clearing House – To – Prevent Attacks On The Means Of Exchange Of Sovereign Nations

~ ROATTAIRWAROSN ~ Repeal Of All Transnational Trade And Investment Rules Which Abolish Rights Of Sovereign Nations

~ BE-PS ~ Binding Environmental-Protection Standards

~ ICC-BAPSOIAC-T-CW-MLASSS-CCEP-ISOPCAB-MLOCT-MLOMS-A-ICL ~ International Corporate Charters – Binding All Parties Selling Or Investing Across Borders – To – Comply With – Minimum Labour And Social Security Standards – Commodity Cycle Environmental Protections – International Standards Of Public Communications Across Borders – Minimum Levels Of Corporate Taxation – Maximum Levels Of Market Share – And – International Criminal Law

~ ALANB-SBH-CR-IAW-ISOL-CSAD ~ All Loans Across National Borders – Secured By Hard-Currency Reserves – In Accordance With – International Standards Of Life-Capital Security And Development

PEGGY MCCOLL ~ 21 DISTINCTIONS OF WEALTH ~ 2008

~ YAAR-YWBTW ~ You Are Already Rich – You Were Born That Way

~ Y-IYLC-YMU-T/W/Q/R/I-TASWAF ~ Yet – If You Look Carefully – You Might Unearth – Talents / Wisdom / Qualities / Resources / Ideas – That Are Secretly Worth A Fortune

~ TAMWTCTFOPSTIITLOOP ~ There Are Many Ways To Channel The Flow Of Plenitude So That It Rushes Into The Lives Of Other People

~ LGOYFT-T-I-‘E’ ~ Let Go Of Your Fears That – There – Isn’t – “Enough”

~ WYLGOE-YLGOI ~ When You Let Go Of Envy – You Let Go Of Ignorance

~ LTCA-IPITDTDE-A-AUTHIIO-T-F-A-A-STWCTTIMLO ~ Love Truly Conquers All – It Provides Illumination That Dispels The Dark Emotions – And – Allows Us To Have Insight Into Our – Thoughts – Feelings – And – Actions – So That We Can Transform Them Into More Loving Ones

~ TMJYA-TMYFTJSAPAAIYL ~ The More Joyful You Are – The More You’ll Find That Joyous Situations And People Are Appearing In Your Life

~ OTWTC-AFOG-IT-KA-GJ ~ One Terrific Way To Create – A Feeling Of Gratitude – Is To – Keep A – Gratitude Journal

~ PODTO-CAAE-B-TWII-IAFO-OOC-THYTSATPYOWYENEOI ~ People Often Don’t Think Of – Creativity As An Emotion – But – That’s What It Is – It’s A Feeling Of – Openness Or Curiosity – That Helps You To See All The Possibilities You Overlook When You’re Experiencing Negative Emotions Or Indifference

~ DINESTFOA ~ Dwelling In Negative Emotions Slows The Flow Of Abundance

~ NEDHSV-TSTWYUTHTABTYNTBCOSTYCDCTRTWPBAA ~ Negative Emotions Do Have Some Value – They Serve To Wake You Up To Harmful Thoughts And Behaviors That You Need To Be Conscious Of So That You Can Deliberately Choose To Replace Them With Positive Beliefs And Actions

~ IINTBAOOAOY-NE-TANPOLTCBAA-A-TCBVBWUATFDAH ~ It’s Important Not To Be Afraid Of Or Ashamed Of Your – Negative Emotions – They’re A Natural Part Of Life That Can’t Be Avoided Altogether – And – They Can Be Very Beneficial When Used As Tools For Discovery And Healing

~ YDTHABACMAFY ~ Your Desire To Help Another Become Abundant Creates More Abundance For You

~ TAMFOWAMWTSI ~ There Are Many Forms Of Wealth And Many Ways To Share It

~ SSAAPCBATPAOG ~ Simply Smiling At Another Person Can Be A Tremendously Powerful Act Of Giving

~ AFWYW ~ Ask For What You Want

~ ATWTLHTBMCOYR-ITS-KTOATMYS ~ A Terrific Way To Learn How To Be More Conscious Of Your Resources – Is To Start – Keeping Track Of All The Money You Spend

~ UIE-YHTAWYK ~ Understanding Isn’t Enough – You Have To Apply What You Know

JIM LOEHR + TONY SCHWARTZ ~ THE POWER OF FULL ENGAGEMENT ~ 2013

~ E-N-T-I-TFCOHP ~ Energy – Not – Time – Is – The Fundamental Currency Of High Performance

~ P-H-A-H-AGI-TSMOE ~ Performance – Health – And – Happiness – Are Grounded In – The Skillful Management Of Energy

TMWTRFTEWBTTW-TMEAPWB-TMWBOOEC-TMNACOEILTB ~ The More We Take Responsibility For The Energy We Bring To The World – The More Empowered And Productive We Become – The More We Blame Others Or Eternal Circumstances – The More Negative And Compromised Our Energy Is Likely To Be

~ L-A-TSO-OE-T-IOD-OF-BHETMTOE-AN-BHWT-M-F-I-A-R-TCEOTTL ~ Leaders – Are – The Stewards Of – Organizational Energy – They – Inspire Or Demoralize – Others First – By How Effectively They Manage Their Own Energy – And Next – By How Well They – Mobilize – Focus — Interest – And – Renew – The Collective Energy Of Those They Lead

~ TSMOE-IAO-MP-FE ~ The Skillful Management Of Energy – Individually And Organizationally – Makes Possible – Full Engagement

~ FE-RDOFSBRSOE:P-E-M-A-S-AFDAC-NISBI-A-EPITO ~ Full Engagement – Requires Drawing On Four Separate But Related Sources Of Energy: Physical – Emotional – Mental – And – Spiritual – All Four Dynamics Are Critical – None Is Sufficient By Itself – And – Each Profoundly Influences The Others

~ B-ECD-BWOAWU-WMB-EE-W-IER ~ Because – Energy Capacity Diminishes – Both With Overuse And With Underuse – We Must Balance – Energy Expenditure – With – Intermittent Energy Renewal

~ TMABAO ~ The Mind And Body Are One

~ EF-RTCTMFAAAAWPOERTRROD ~ Emotional Flexibility – Reflects The Capacity To Move Freely And Appropriately Along A Wide Spectrum Of Emotions Rather Than Responding Rigidly Or Defensively

~ ER-ITATBBF-EO-D-F-A-E-L ~ Emotional Resilience – Is The Ability To Bounce Back From – Experiences Of – Disappointment – Frustration – And – Even – Loss

~ PER-HSRFME-ATKT-FE-A-SHP ~ Positive Energy Rituals – Highly Specific Routines For Managing Energy – Are The Key To – Full Engagement – And – Sustained High Performance

~ A-PR-IABTB-A-OT-FB-SDHV ~ A – Positive Ritual – Is A Behavior That Becomes – Automatic – Over Time – Fueled By – Some Deeply Held Value

~ TPORITTITWUALCEAPWIINAN-LUFT-SF-TEATU-I-C-E-W ~ The Power Of Rituals Is That They Insure That We Use As Little Conscious Energy As Possible Where It Is Not Absolutely Necessary – Leaving Us Free To – Strategically Focus – The Energy Available To Us – In – Creative – Enriching – Ways

~ TFSIOCPIT-DP-ITFOOHBAOITP-TSQ-WNITMCIOL ~ The First Step In Our Change Process Is To – Define Purpose – In The Face Of Our Habitual Behaviors And Our Instinct To Preserve – The Status Quo – We Need Inspiration To Make Changes In Our Lives

~ ‘HSISMEIAWTICWMDV?’ ~ “How Should I Spend My Energy In A Way That Is Consistent With My Deepest Values?”

~ IIITCACOC-U-YAATLHAWYAT-‘HAYSYEN?’ ~ It Is Impossible To Chart A Course Of Change – Until You Are Able To Look Honestly At Who You Are Today – “How Are You Spending Your Energy Now?”

TO-WVOLT-R-C-G-POAV-O-SDTOT-TCWAMAHACIO-T-Q-F-A-F-OO-E ~ Too Often – We View Our Lives Through – Rose-Colored Glasses – Painting Ourselves As Victims – Or – Simply Denying To Ourselves That – The Choices We Are Making Are Having A Consequential Impact On – The – Quantity – Force – And – Focus – Of Our – Energy

~ FTT-BW-GCD ~ Facing The Truth – Begins With – Gathering Credible Data

~ PIF ~ Physical Is Fundamental

~ E-IS-TCTDW-OMFNAHBI-TSARE-WA-OB-IA-OU-RIOI ~ Energy – Is Simply – The Capacity To Do Work – Our Most Fundamental Need As Human Beings Is – To Spend And Recover Energy – We Are – Oscillatory Beings – In An – Oscillatory Universe – Rhythmicity Is Our Inheritance

~ WCOPSHFSLWBDABO ~ We Can Only Push So Hard For So Long Without Breaking Down And Burning Out

~ WMLTE-SP-IOD-IT-WWSOTT-CPI-A-SOAFATR ~ We Must Learn To Establish – Stopping Points – In Our Days – Inviolable Times – When We Step Off The Track – Cease Processing Information – And – Shift Our Attention From Achievement To Restoration

~ SA ~ Stress Addiction

~ DFO ~ Death From Overwork

~ WGAAL-B-EEBONL-A-T-R ~ We Grow At All Levels – By – Expending Energy Beyond Our Normal Limits – And – Then – Recovering

~ EC-R-AWTE-S-TD-ITSO-L-TR ~ Expanding Capacity – Requires – A Willingness To Endure – Short-Term Discomfort – In The Service Of – Long-Term Reward

~ OMFNAHBITSARE-O ~ Our Most Fundamental Need As Human Beings Is To Spend And Recover Energy – Oscillation

~ WB-E-M-A-S-C-WMSEOT-SBONL-FB-AR ~ We Build – Emotional – Mental – And – Spiritual – Capacity – We Must Systematically Expose Ourselves To – Stress Beyond Our Normal Limits – Followed By – Adequate Recovery

~ D-S-A-R-B-I-SASO-E-A-A-F-AWAO-R-S-A-Q-TU-HP ~ Deep – Smooth – And – Rhythmic – Breathing – Is – Simultaneously A Source Of – Energy – Alertness – And – Focus – As Well As Of – Relaxation – Stillness – And – Quiet – The Ultimate – Healthy Pulse

~ OT-E-A-B-S-I-TMISO-R-IOL ~ Other Than – Eating – And – Breathing – Sleeping – Is – The Most Important Source Of – Recovery – In Our Lives

~ B-S-A-C-T-HAPIO-H-O-EL-A-O-P ~ Both – Strength – And – Cardiovascular – Training – Have A Powerful Impact On – Health – On – Energy Levels – And – On – Performance

~ EAR ~ Enjoyment And Renewal

~ HITBP ~ Healing In The Broken Places

~ NE-SS-B-TAVCAEIITCOP ~ Negative Emotions – Serve Survival – But – They Are Very Costly And Energy Inefficient In The Context Of Performance

~ TAT-SPEDPOIS-LATHO-EL ~ The Ability To – Summon Positive Emotions During Periods Of Intense Stress – Lies At The Heart Of – Effective Leadership

~ TPOTB ~ The Plasticity Of The Brain

~ B-T-MAB-AS-IC-EMPECICC-IDSMSBDMBAOTTB-EIABTSMPOAC-B-D-NT-WHRBCAPFD ~ Because – The – Mind And Body – Are So – Inextricably Connected – Even Moderate Physical Exercise Can Increase Cognitive Capacity – It Does So Most Simply By Driving More Blood And Oxygen To The Brain – Exercise Is Also Believed To Stimulate More Production Of A Chemical-Brain-Derived – Neurotrophic Factor – Which Helps Repair Brain Cells And Prevent Further Damage

~ TO-WDOTTATDAOM-DOERITP ~ Too Often – We Devote Our Time To Activities That Don’t Advanced Our Mission – Depleting Our Energy Reserves In The Process

~ T-ME-TBS-FE-I-RO-STWAII-B-AWPTA-DO ~ The – Mental Energy – That Best Serves – Full Engagement – Is – Realistic Optimism – Seeing The World As It Is – But – Always Working Positively Towards A – Desired Outcome

~ MMC-IDF-ABBEAR-ME ~ Maximum Mental Capacity – Is Derived From – A Balance Between Expending And Recovering – Mental Energy

~ CTCTBSAAPAA-RMD ~ Continuing To Challenge The Brain Serves As A Protection Against Age-Related Mental Decline

~ SE:AWTL ~ Spiritual Energy: A Why To Live

~ TKMTF-SE-I-C-TCACTLBOV-EWDSRPSAH-SSM-I-P-C-I-A-H ~ The Key Muscle That Fuels – Spiritual Energy – Is – Character – The Courage And Conviction To Live By Our Values – Even When Doing So Requires Personal Sacrifice And Hardship – Supportive Spiritual Muscles – Include – Passion – Commitment – Integrity – And – Honesty

~ SE-ISB-BACTAPBO-W-AS-C ~ Spiritual Energy – Is Sustained By – Balancing A Commitment To A Purpose Beyond Ourselves – With – Adequate Self-Care

~ SW-CBDARATST ~ Spiritual Work – Can Be Demanding And Renewing At The Same Time

~ PCAD ~ Purposes Creates A Destination

~ T-S-AE-R-ITWFTBTSFM ~ The – Simple – Almost Embarrassing – Reality – Is That We Feel Too Busy To Search For Meaning

~ CPT-T-Q-U-T-WISTMOUFWSDNH-WAFRFOOTTNWALSOD ~ Clarifying Purpose Takes – Time – Quiet – Uninterrupted – Time – Which Is Something That Many Of Us Feel We Simply Do Not Have – We Are Forever Rushing From One Obligation To The Next Without Any Larger Sense Of Direction

~ W-O-SI-WYLTSOY-T-TWCWYRWIYL? ~ What – One-Sentence Inscription – Would You Like To See On Your – Tombstone – That Would Capture Who You Really Were In Your Life?

~ WWLASSOP-WAEBBLIS ~ When We Lack A Strong Sense Of Purpose – We Are Easily Buffeted By Life’s Inevitable Storms

~ FTT:HAYMYEN? ~ Face The Truth: How Are You Managing Your Energy Now?

~ I-IAMOAAT-C-WEII-E ~ Intellectualizing – Is A Means Of Acknowledging A Truth – Cognitively – Without Experiencing Its Impact – Emotionally

~ HWAPAYIYE? ~ How Wisely And Productivity Are You Investing Your Energy?

~ ‘ICBW’ ~ “I Could Be Wrong”

~ CETBWWFDAAR ~ Confident Enough To Be Wrong Without Feeling Diminished As A Result

MIHALY CSIKSZENTMIHALYI ~ FLOW ~ 1991

~ H-IF-IACTMBPF-C-A-D-PBEP ~ Happiness – In Fact – Is A Condition That Must Be Prepared For – Cultivated – And – Defended – Privately By Each Person

PWLTCIEWBATDTQOTL-WIACAAOUCCTBH ~ People Who Learn To Control Inner Experience Will Be Able To Determine The Quality Of Their Lives – Which Is As Close As Any Of Us Can Come To Being Happy

~ IIBBFIWEDOOL-W-GOB-TWFH-NBTTLFID ~ It Is By Being Fully Involved With Every Detail Of Our Lives – Whether – Good Or Bad – That We Find Happiness – Not By Trying To Look For It Directly

~ F:TSIWPASIIAATNESTM;TEIISETPWDIEAGC-FTSSODI ~ Flow: The State In Which People Are So Involved In An Activity That Nothing Else Seems To Matter; The Experience Itself Is So Enjoyable That People Will Do It Even At Great Cost – For The Sheer Sake Of Doing It

~ IIHPRTSTDWTWPFMOBM ~ It Is How People Respond To Stress That Determines Whether They Will Profit From Misfortune Or Be Miserable

~ HWFAO-TJWGFL-UDDOHTMFAIEE-WWAHDOIH-NOTCWAATEOTGFOTU ~ How We Feel About Ourselves – The Joy We Get From Living – Ultimately Depend Directly On How The Mind Filters And Interprets Everyday Experiences – Whether We Are Happy Depends On Inner Harmony – Not On The Controls We Are Able To Exert Over The Great Forces Of The Universe

~ TOTAADOCL-IMBIOTSETTDTTNLREITOIRAP-TATFEAPROEC-IR-DAP ~ To Overcome The Anxieties And Depressions Of Contemporary Life – Individuals Must Become Independent Of The Social Environment To The Degree That They No Longer Respond Exclusively In Terms Of Its Rewards And Punishments – The Ability To Find Enjoyment And Purpose Regardless Of External Circumstances – It Requires – Discipline And Perseverance

~ TMISIEOFSCITATFRITEOEM-ITPOLI=PRTTPWRANLRTOF-IOFSFTTPDJOOR-OBTHTGROL ~ The Most Important Step In Emancipating Oneself From Social Controls Is The Ability To Find Rewards In The Events Of Each Moment – In The Process Of Living Itself – Power Returns To The Person When Rewards Are No Longer Relegated To Outside Forces – Instead Of Forever Straining For The Tantalizing Prize Dangled Just Out Of Reach – One Begins To Harvest The Genuine Rewards Of Living

~ TST-T-TCOCDTQOL-HBKFALT-IF-FALAHRE ~ This Simple Truth – That – The Control Of Consciousness Determines The Quality Of Life – Has Been Known For A Long Time – In Fact – For As Long As Human Records Exist

~ C-IOI-TETADBPOIAMFTTLO ~ Consciousness – Intentionally Ordered Information – The Experiences That Actually Do Become Part Of It Are Much Fewer Than Those Left Out

~ EOUH-F-TCOSR ~ Each Of Us Has – Freedom – To Control Our Subjective Reality

~ TIWAICBEI;II-IF-WDTCATQOL ~ The Information We Allow Into Consciousness Becomes Extremely Important; It Is – In Fact – What Determines The Content And The Quality Of Life

~ TSACOLDOHAHBU-EDRWEDOWIII ~ The Shape And Content Of Life Depend On How Attention Has Been Used – Entirely Different Realities Will Emerge Depending On How It Is Invested

~ ACBIIIW-WTCMLE-R-O-M ~ Attention Can Be Invested In Innumerable Ways – Ways That Can Make Life Either – Rich – Or – Miserable

~ B-A-DWWOWNAIC-AB-IIUTTOIA-PE ~ Because – Attention – Determines What Will Or Will Not Appear In Consciousness – And Because – It Is Useful To Think Of It As – Psychic Energy

~ AILE-IT-WINWCBD-A-IDWIID-WCOBHWITE-H-AIOMIT-ITTOITQOE ~ Attention Is Like Energy – In That – Without It No Work Can Be Done – And – In Doing Work It Is Dissipated – We Create Ourselves By How We Invest This Energy – Hence – Attention Is Our Most Important Tool – In The Task Of Improving The Quality Of Experience

~ A-STS-AIIT-SBI ~ Attention – Shapes The Self – And Is In Turn – Shaped By It

~ OOTMFTACAI-PD-TI-ITCWEI-O-DUFCTO-WGTCMN-DOHWEI:P/F/R/A/J ~ One Of The Main Forces That Affects Consciousness Adversely Is – Psychic Disorder – That Is – Information That Conflicts With Existing Intentions – Or – Distracts Us From Carrying Them Out – We Give This Condition Many Names – Depending On How We Experience It: Pain / Fear / Rage / Anxiety / Jealously

~ OIC:F ~ Order In Consciousness: Flow

~ TOO-PE-N ~ The Opposite Of – Psychic Entropy – Negentropy

~ WWCAGAIOIITTLOOC-WWDWBE-A-OWHTTJ-WWROETTIA ~ When We Choose A Goal And Invest Ourselves In It To The Limits Of Our Concentration – Whatever We Do Will Be Enjoyable – And – Once We Have Tasted This Joy – We Will Redouble Our Efforts To Taste It Again

~ TA-TMS-WCAT-ITQOL-TFITTMECMOG-TSITCHWEECTMTFOGB ~ There Are – Two Main Strategies – We Can Adopt To – Improve The Quality Of Life – The First Is To Try Making External Conditions Match Our Goals – The Second Is To Change How We Experience External Conditions To Make Them Fit Our Goals Better

~ OOTMFMDOTFEIT-WIL-OIATFATUAOL ~ One Of The Most Frequently Mentioned Dimensions Of The Flow Experience Is That – While It Lasts – One Is Able To Forget All The Unpleasant Aspects Of Life

~ TFE-ITDAI-ASOC-O-MP-A-LTSOWALC ~ The Flow Experience – Is Typically Descried As Involving – A Sense Of Control – Or – More Precisely – As – Lacking The Sense Of Worry About Losing Control

~ T-KE-OA-OE-IT-IIAEII-EIIUFOR-TATCUB-IR-‘A’-S-CA ~ The – Key Element – Of An – Optimal Experience – Is That – It Is An End In Itself – Even If Initially Undertaken For Other Reasons – The Activity That Consumes Us Becomes – Intrinsically Rewarding – “Autotelic” – Self-Contained Activity

~ NHACBTA-TFW-WMCRWWD-LHAPWBUTNP ~ No Human Achievement Can Be Taken As – The Final Word – We Must Constantly Reevaluate What We Do – Lest Habits And Past Wisdom Blind Us To New Possibilities

~ TTITLHTEELWDOPCTET ~ The Task Is To Learn How To Enjoy Everyday Life Without Diminishing Other People’s Chances To Enjoy Theirs

~ FA ~ Flow Activities

~ W-ASAUOTBAOCI-Y-WCBA-CFA-A-AAF ~ Walking – As Simple A Use Of The Body As One Can Imagine – Yet – Which Can Become A – Complex Flow Activity – Almost – An Art Form

~ TJOM ~ The Joys Of Movement

~ FTTS ~ Flow Through The Senses

~ RINTWTV-OT-FCD-CLBE ~ Repression Is Not The Way To Virtue – Only Through – Freely Chosen Discipline – Can Life Be Enjoyed

~ TFOT ~ The Flow Of Thought

~ SOTM-EE-WU-A-GITM-TBITCOATT ~ Some Of The Most – Exhilarating Experiences – We Undergo – Are – Generated Inside The Mind – Triggered By Information That Challenges Our Ability To Think

~ PWIIEE ~ Playing With Ideas Is Extremely Exhilarating

~ ‘AP’ ~ “Autotelic Personality”

~ AE-EA-T-L-I-PI;TTBLCITQACOE ~ An Exclusively – Economic Approach – To – Life – Is – Profoundly Irrational; The True Bottom Line Consists In The Quality And Complexity Of Experience

~ NSCCCAUTCOIICF ~ No – Social Change – Can Come About Until – The Consciousness Of Individuals Is Changed First

~ PWFTLM-UHAGTICETTUATE-AGTCGSTTL-P ~ People Who Find Their Lives Meaningful – Usually Have A Goal That Is Challenging Enough To Take Up All Their Energies – A Goal That Can Give Significance To Their Lives – Purpose

~ IC-ITRO-CCOA ~ Inner Conflict – Is The Result Of – Competing Claims On Attention

~ LT ~ Life Theme

~ TFPIS-OM-I-IAA-PC ~ To Find Purpose In Suffering – One Must – Interpret – It – As A – Possible Challenge

~ IIETDTLMS-IOIB-D/P/O ~ It Is Easier To Doubt That Life Makes Sense – If One Is Born – Deformed / Poor / Oppressed

DANIEL GOLEMAN ~ SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE ~ 2006

~ TSB ~ The Social Brain

~ SC ~ Social Corrosion

~ CD ~ Creeping Disconnection

~ SN ~ Social Neuroscience

~ AW ~ Acting Wisely

~ TEE ~ The Emotional Economy

~ CE ~ Catching Emotions

~ RFI ~ Radar For Insincerity

~ F-IT-BDR-O-NW-T-O-EMM-O-TMOOF-MOFIV-TDOEI-AAU-A-SISDCE-BDAWWF-TTHOFOA-DAE-A-RSP ~ Forthrightness – Is The – Brain’s Default Response – Our – Neural Wiring – Transmits – Our – Every Minor Mood – Onto – The Muscles Of Our Face – Making Our Feelings Instantly Visible – The Display Of Emotion Is – Automatic And Unconscious – And – So Its Suppression Demands Conscious Effort – Being Devious About What We Feel – Trying To Hide Our Fear Or Anger – Demands Active Effort – And – Rarely Succeeds Perfectly

~ TGOS ~ The Glow Of Simpatico

~ WOAIS-WTOAB-M-CD-E-EO ~ When Our Attention Is Split – We Tune Out A Bit – Missing – Crucial Details – Especially – Emotional Ones

~ IS ~ In Synch

~ NM-‘MN’-DJT-RB-AAWOISE-MU-MTA-O-HTITDS ~ Neural Mirrors – “Mirror Neurons” – Do Just That – They – Reflect Back – An Action We Observe In Someone Else – Making Us – Mimic That Action – Or – Have The Impulse To Do So

~ THBHM-MNS-NJF-MA-BA-FRI-FETSI-FWSD ~ The Human Brain Harbors Multiple – Mirror Neuron Systems – Not Just For – Mimicking Actions – But Also – For Reading Intentions – For Extracting The Social Implications – From What Someone Does

~ THFA ~ The Happy Face Advantage

~ S-HAEOAOEE:T-HB-P-HF ~ Smiles – Have An Edge Over All Other Emotional Expressions: The – Human Brain – Prefers – Happy Faces

~ L-MBTSDBTB-A-UIS-TBA-ISB ~ Laughter – May Be The Shortest Distance Between Two Brains – An – Unstoppable Infectious Spread – That Builds An – Instant Social Bond

~ MW ~ Meme Wars

~ APCA-ISIN-TC-HSTSA-MP-A-I-TAAID ~ Although People Can Also – Ignore Someone In Need – That Cold-Heartedness Seems To Suppress A – More Primal – Automatic – Impulse – To Aid Another In Distress

~ TB-A-E-B-FTSN-WB-PAP-AA ~ The Brain – Achieves – Efficiency – By – Firing The Same Neurons – While Both – Perceiving And Performing – An Action

~ IOTTEA-SA-P-MCTCO-TITTCAAA ~ Instead Of Trying To Explain Away – Selfless Acts – Philosophers – Might Contemplate The Conundrum Of – The Innumerable Times That Cruel Acts Are Absent

~ ETWC-ST-WCSSS-OTOV-OFE-AWWF-EWPTTSASOTE-FHAWOLA-ITS-WICTE-WCNC ~ Even Though We Can Stop Talking – We Cannot Stop Sending Signals – Our Tone Of Voice – Our Fleeting Expressions – About What We Feel – Even When People Try To Suppress All Signs Of Their Emotions – Feelings Have A Way Of Leaking Anyway – In This Sense – When It Comes To Emotions – We Cannot Not Communicate

~ ‘PONS’ ~ “The Profile Of Nonverbal Sensitivity”

~ FL-M-PS-STEA-LC-W-UA-OONCFC-PU-OTSW ~ Full Listening – Maximizes – Physiological Synchrony – So That Emotions Align – Listening Carefully – With – Undivided Attention – Orients Our Neural Circuits For Connectivity – Putting Us – On The Same Wavelength

~ K-A-H-TSW-AW ~ Knowledge – About – How – The Social World – Actually Works

~ ME-ES-TFATFILTATOAS-TSOAF-SAMU-TOACATHAPAFATM ~ MicroExpressions – Emotional Signals – That Flit Across The Face In Less Than A Third Of A Second – The Snap Of A Finger – Spontaneous And Made Unconsciously – They Offer A Clue As To How A Person Actually Feels At That Moment

~ Y-A-I ~ You – And – It

~ I-Y ~ I – You

~ I-I-OP-A-MTSOE ~ I – It – Other People – As – Means To Some Other End

~ I-Y-R-AEII ~ I – You – Relationship – An End In Itself

~ ‘FF’ ~ “Feeling Felt”

~ GAND ~ Genes Are Not Destiny

~ TRE ~ The Reparative Experience

~ TSPFH ~ The Set Point For Happiness

~ EIACD-OAM-FBOFW-O-HTHS ~ Everyone In A Child’s Day – Offers A Model – For Better Or For Worse – Of – How To Handle Stress

~ O-R-T-F-E-TCTCGOOO-TIWOD-B-SBC ~ Our – Relationships – Themselves – Form – Environments – That Can Turn Certain Genes On Or Off – The Invisible Web Of Disconnectedness – Bestows – Surprising Biological Consequences

~ HC ~ Healthy Connections

~ R-CTW:TCEBUFI-O-ITROAAD ~ Relationships – Cut Two Ways: They Can Either Buffer Us From Illness – Or – Intensify The Ravages Of Aging And Disease

~ TAO-T-LA-S-AW-TM-PT-TVF ~ The Aftereffects Of – Trauma – Like All – Stress – Are Worse – The More – Personally Targeted – The Victim Feels

~ SE-TEO-CS-RATWDTTLO-GE-IT-IC-EFFIAHW ~ Social Epigenetics – The Effects Of – Continual Stress – Reach All The Way Down To The Level Of – Gene Expression – In The – Immune Cells – Essential For Fighting Infections And Healing Wounds

~ D-UST-MBAPMT-MOOESFTB ~ Dropping – Unrewarding Social Ties – May Be A Preemptive Move To – Manage Our Own Emotional States For The Better

~ ER ~ Emotional Rescuers

~ PC ~ Positive Contagion

~ AHP ~ A Healing Presence

~ EI-WFAALFW-WCAO-TGOALP ~ Even If – We Feel At A Loss For Words – We Can Always Offer – The Gift Of A Loving Presence

~ M-P-CMS-ETP-W-SBD-WSUUOWPSTT ~ Mere – Presence – Can Matter Surprisingly – Even To Patients – With – Severe Brain Damage – Who Seem Utterly Unaware Of What People Say To Them

~ APP ~ A People Prescription

~ OL ~ Organized Lovelessness

~ RTHB ~ Recognizing The Human Being

~ HH ~ Healing Healers

~ HR ~ Healing Relationships

~ SC ~ Social Consequence

~ T-SS-F-A ~ The – Sweet Spot – For – Achievement

~ AOS ~ An Optimal State

~ DKL ~ Distress Kills Learning

~ TSIL ~ The Socially Intelligent Leader

~ SIL-SW-BFP-A-GIS ~ Socially Intelligent Leadership – Starts With – Being Fully Present – And – Getting In Synch

~ ASC ~ A Special Connection

~ CC ~ Connected Communities

~ SC ~ Strengthening Connections

~ H-OLTBBP-N-BC ~ Help – Offenders Learn To Be Better People – Not – Better Criminals

~ F-T-T-U ~ From – Them – To – Us

~ TGTD-UFT-BWT-SOE-A-ATGWAFT-PO-T-WWL ~ The Gulf That Divides – Us From Them – Builds With The – Silencing Of Empathy – And – Across That Gulf We Are Free To – Project Onto – Them – Whatever We Like

~ WWRTSA-OOT-WCOO-AI ~ When We Relate To Someone As – One Of Them – We Close Off Our – Altruistic Impulses

~ IB ~ Implicit Bias

~ BTFTA ~ Brief Tutorial For The Amygdala

~ C-THD ~ Closing – The Hostile Divide

~ WRM ~ What Really Matters

~ T-RW-O-FF ~ The – Raw Buzz – Of – Fellow Feeling

~ WMRT-PA-TWAIT-TSE-TEEOS-HS ~ We Must Reconsider The – Pat Assumption – That We Are Immune To – Toxic Social Encounters – The Emotional Equivalent Of Second-Hand Smoke

~ SR-B-HAN-WWAIWTHCOSIO ~ Social Responsibility – Begins – Here And Now – When We Act In Ways That Help Create Optimal States In Others

~ TCCFTC-WBT-ETCOTWCA-U-A-STNWCA-T ~ The Crucial Challenge For This Century – Will Be To – Expand The Circle Of Those We Count Among – Us – And – Shrink The Numbers We Count As – Them

~ WNNATDTHB ~ We Need Not Accept The Divisions That Hatred Breeds

~ TSBWCUAAOCHC ~ The Social Brain’s Wiring Connects Us All At Our Common Human Core

CARL HONORE ~ IN PRAISE OF SLOW ~ 2004

~ TTITHCO-T-C-TD-WE-TSTE-RTTOWR ~ Then There Is The Human Cost Of – Turbo-Capitalism – These Days – We Exist – To Serve The Economy – Rather Than The Other Way Round

~ FHPAPISOTWDOTME ~ Fatigue Has Played A Part In Some Of The Worst Disasters Of The Modern Era

~ ATTTBUTAMLWL-C-F-F-TOTOTWNHEO:T ~ All The Things That Bind Us Together And Make Life Worth Living – Community – Family – Friendship – Thrive On The One Thing We Never Heave Enough Of: Time

~ TTI-TCOM-T-DTTAOSSC-SE-SM-AY-WIOMIDTTNVW ~ Then There Is – The Curse Of Multi-Tasking – Doing Two Things At Once Seems So Clever – So Efficient – So Modern – And Yet – What It Often Means Is Doing Two Things Not Very Well

~ S-OM-B ~ Slower – Often Means – Better

~ PATIA-SM-OY-FR ~ Performing A Task In A – Slow Manner – Often Yields – Faster Results

~ S-BAWOLDT-IR-ATWLI-O ~ Scheduling – Became A Way Of Life During The – Industrial Revolution – As The World Lurched Into – Overdrive

~ P-TE-IW-T-LBTC-WNE-TRC-SAP-P-A-ACDAAMV-W-D-SAT-A-CS ~ Persuading – The Early – Industrial Workers – To – Live By The Clock – Was Not Easy – The Ruling Classes – Set About Promoting – Punctuality – As – A Civic Duty And A Moral Virtue – While – Denigrating – Slowness And Tardiness – As – Cardinal Sins

~ TAM-R-O-E-F-S ~ There Are Many – Reasons – Or – Excuses – For – Speeding

~ WNT-WTDMS ~ We Need To – Want To Drive More Slowly

~ PTMC-WTAC-TP-LT-TV ~ People Think More Creatively – When They Are Calm – Time Pressure – Leads To – Tunnel Vision

~ M-IOWTTTMTR-MINN-POAFHBUIFTOYITQFIHOSE ~ Meditation – Is One Way To Train The Mind To Relax – Meditation Is Not New – People Of All Faiths Have Been Using It For Thousands Of Years In The Quest For Inner Harmony Or Spiritual Enlightenment

~ TAMGRFW ~ There Are Many Good Reasons For Walking

~ WWW-WAAOTDAU-WMC ~ When We Walk – We Are Aware Of The Details Around Us – We Make Connections

~ SLTW-A-MTII-SS ~ Spend Less Time Working – And – More Time Indulging In – Slow Sex

~ TBOWLH ~ The Benefits Of Working Less Hard

~ TWAT-NSLA-WMLFTAN-AOL-M-PTLEFTDOW ~ There Was A Time – Not So Long Ago – When Mankind Looked Forward To A New – Age Of Leisure – Machines – Promised To Liberate Everyone From The Drudgery Of Work

~ WHTT-AOL? ~ Whatever Happened To The – Age Of Leisure?

~ WFH-CESI-WATT ~ Working From Home – Can Easily Slide Into – Working All The Time

~ MGTWEWTTOITBE ~ Millions Go To Work Even When Too Tired Or Ill To Be Effective

~ WTH-IB-FU-A-FTE ~ Working Too Hard – Is Bad – For Us – And – For The Economy

~ PAWTD-WTWTW ~ People Also Want To Decide – When They Want To Work

~ TNHBTPPFTHTSOTJ-RTFWTP ~ The Norm Has Been To Pay People For The Hours They Spend On The Job – Rather Than For What They Produce

~ PWFICOTT-AM-R-C-A-P ~ People Who Feel In Control Of Their Time – Are More – Relaxed – Creative – And – Productive

~ N-CBEH-N-WSMOUANSEAN ~ Napping – Can Be Especially Helpful – Nowadays – When So Many Of Us Are Not Sleeping Enough At Night

~ R-STAPOW-D-T-COS ~ Reading – Surrendering To A Piece Of Writing – Defies – The – Cult Of Speed

~ UT ~ Unstructured Time

~ TGBO-SD-I-RTTATTMMC-WP-WC-WW-WN-WOOBAM ~ The Great Benefit Of – Slowing Down – Is – Reclaiming The Time And Tranquility To Make Meaningful Connections – With People – With Culture – With Work – With Nature – With Our Own Bodies And Minds

~ TCTOTSPI-TTTTDTP-A-T-ETM ~ The Central Tenet Of The Slow Philosophy Is – Taking The Time To Do Things Properly – And – Thereby – Enjoy Them More

~ WICT-SD-IIBT-SS ~ When It Comes To – Slowing Down – It Is Best To – Start Small

CARNE ROSS ~ THE LEADERLESS REVOLUTION ~ 2011

~ ACIAPSC ~ Anyone Can Initiate A Profound Social Change

~ TVCIW-NA-FMOU-PIASS-WO-TD ~ The Vast Crowd Is Watching – Not Acting – For Most Of Us – Politics Is A Spectator Sport – We Observe – They Do

~ TDCBVATR ~ The Deepening Chasm Between Voters And Their Representatives

~ TPSIOMAMNBC-BB-BBATW ~ The Political Space Is Occupied More And More Not By Citizens – But By – Big Business And The Wealthy

~ WPUTF-A-FP-TPTPP ~ Wealthy Philanthropists Use Their Foundations – And – Financial Pull – To Promote Their Political Preferences

~ IGCPF-TSSAJAOO-CA-WC? ~ If Government Cannot Provide For – The – Stability – Safety – And – Just Arbitration – Of Our Common Affairs – Who Can?

~ SOG-IOT-A-RMLT-I-A ~ Self-Organized Government – Is One Term – Another – Rather More Loaded Term – Is – Anarchism

~ TMAOVILLALAAAS ~ The Minimalist Act Of Voting Is Looking Less And Less Adequate As A Solution

~ IINCT-CPI-WNOI-DIF-SGSATTCIOH-I-IIETTII-ETIOTMPIGOCI-A-NL-TPN-ITE ~ It Is Not Clear That Contemporary Political Institutions – Whether National Or International – Do In Fact Successfully Give Sufficient Attention To The Common Interest Of Humanity – Instead – It’s Increasingly Evident That These Institutions Instead – Elevate The Interests Of The Most Powerful Interest Groups Over Collective Interests – And – Neglect Long-Term Primary Needs – Including The Environment

~ SUFPDP-AATWSU-PATNT-S ~ Setting Up Fake Pro-Democracy Pages – Arresting All Those Who Showed Up – Power Adapts To New Technology – Swiftly

~ IOED-TW-OMLTFT-OAW-ATATOD-‘TDM’ ~ Instead Of Encouraging Debate – The Web – Offers Multiple Locations To Find Those – One Agrees With – And To Avoid Those One Doesn’t – “The Daily Me”

~ ‘DD’-MP ~ “Deliberative Democracy” – Meeting People

~ IPATTDSABSWICIA-ATOTDI ~ If People Are Told To Do Something Awful By Someone Who Is Clearly In Authority – All Too Often They Do It

~ WPFNAANRFTA-TCCHC ~ When People Feel No Agency And No Responsibility For Their Actions – They Can Commit Horrific Crimes

~ AIAIUFO-THO-‘G’-WAFOUOLGOPM ~ As In All Institutions Unscrutinized From Outside – The Hold Of – “Groupthink” – Was A Firm One Upon Our Little Group Of Policy Makers

~ TAIO-CIWTCOTA-RTMUT-EOUIRFTWAII-AFEO ~ The Answer Is Obvious – Confront Individuals With The Consequences Of Their Actions – Restore The Moral Understanding That Each Of Us Is Responsible For The World As It Is – And For Each Other

~ HCATGOPPKWIBFTCOM? ~ How Can A Tiny Group Of People Possibly Know What Is Best For Their Country Of Millions?

~ TMEOA-‘P’-CTEITSIBD-WIIN ~ The Mere Existence Of A – “Process” – Created The Erroneous Impression That Something Is Being Done – When It Is Not

~ TMDEOTS-INTIDW-IITW-IWNIISTF-CI-PTBI-CTAE-A-PITC ~ The Most Dangerous Effect Of The System – Is Not That It Doesn’t Work – It Is That We – In Whose Name It Is Supposed To Function – Condone It – Pretend To Believe It – Contrary To All Evidence – And – Permit It To Continue

~ CTCA-IACHAFGPTCTC-AITOTWW-TGP ~ Contrary To Common Assumptions – Individuals Acting Collectively Have A Far Greater Power To Control Their Circumstances – And Indeed Those Of The Whole World – Than Governments Pretend

~ TMATE ~ The Means Are The Ends

~ PCMRTW-WRIBTA-I-REOT-EWC-CRMWA-A-AIDTMTCRWIPTTBFEI ~ People Can Manage Resources Tolerably Well – Without Rules Imposed By The Authorities – If – Rules Evolved Over Time – Entitlements Were Clear – Conflict Resolution Measures Were Available – And – An Individual’s Duty To Maintain The Common Resource Was In Proportion To The Benefits From Exploiting It

~ LYC-AIDOWYCMA-DNLOTYWTCA-MUYOM ~ Locate Your Convictions – An Individual Discovery Of What You Care Most About – Do Not Let Others Tell You What To Care About – Make Up Your Own Mind

~ WGTM-WGTG-? ~ Who’s Got The Money – Who’s Got The Gun – ?

~ AAITMATE-IAH-AIAN ~ Act As If The Means Are The End – It’s All Here – And It’s All Now

~ GCTTNOO-BUWTSATN-NWWTTNA-APWTW ~ Give Consideration To The Needs Of Others – Based Upon What They Say Are Their Needs – Not What We Think Their Needs Are – Ask People What They Want

~ ATSTM-H-YCMTMD ~ Address Those Suffering The Most – Here – You Can Make The Most Difference

~ C&N ~ Consult And Negotiate

~ UN ~ Use Nonviolence

~ DNBSW-P-OW-R ~ Do Not Be Satisfied With – Process – Only With – Results

~ IITATBOTPWMH-EITDNKI ~ It Is Those At The Base Of The Pyramid Who Make History – Even If They Do Not Know It

~ EFIBTA ~ Even Failure Is Better Than Acquiescence

SANDY HOTCHKISS ~ WHY IS IT ALWAYS ABOUT YOU? ~ 2003

~ TE ~ They’re Everywhere

~ TINNAN-THAB-V-G-M-C-WHAIPOTALRFO ~ There Is Nothing New About Narcissism – There Have Always Been – Vain – Grasping – Manipulative – Characters – Who Have An Inflated Perception Of Themselves And Little Regard For Others

~ N-INJTIODAA-IIG-MOOLATPFWAFTNP-A-WCWTETE-A-‘EDI’-BTJFCDTP ~ Narcissism – Is Not Just Tolerate In Our Day And Age – It Is Glorified – Many Of Our Leaders And The Public Figures We Admire Flaunt Their Narcissistic Proclivities – And – We Can’t Wait To Emulate Their Excesses – And – “Everybody Does It” – Becomes The Justification For Continuing Down The Path

~ IT-N-S-ISITTMHBDNTEIAA-WPC-‘BS’-LL-S-O-TAOAC-HBAPBO-D-C-B-O-R-TSIDO-AF-TS-9CNB-‘MF’ ~ In The – Narcissist – Shame – Is So Intolerable That The Means Have Been Developed Not To Experience It At All – What Psychologists Call – “Bypassed Shame” – Looks Like – Shamelessness – Or – The Absence Of A Conscience – Hiding Behind A Protective Barrier Of – Denial – Coldness – Blame – Or – Rage – The Shame Is Directed Outward – Away From – The Self – It Can Never Be – “My Fault”

~ TNT-ASAAC-CACDFTN-ALHAWORDOHE-TMTTEIACAO-DAI-WPC-‘MT’ ~ The Need To – Avoid Shame At All Costs – Creates A Continuing Dilemma For The Narcissist – As Life Has A Way Of Regularly Doling Out Humbling Experiences – The Methods They Typically Employ Involve A Considerable Amount Of – Distortion And Illusion – What Psychologists Call – “Magical Thinking”

~ T-FWON-CHA-SA-TPTEYII-S-TSCCBE ~ The – Fantasy World Of Narcissists – Can Have A – Seductive Allure – That Promises To Envelop You In Its – Specialness – Their Superficial Charm Can Be Enchanting

~ SL-AO-N-WCBTBEA-LTTB ~ Sore Losers – Are Often – Narcissists – Who Cannot Bear To Be Exposed As – Less That The Best

~ TNNTSASOS-EAO-WSEATHSTHOSL ~ The Narcissist’s Need To Secure A Sense Of Superiority – Encounters An Obstacle – Whenever Someone Else Appears To Have Something That He Or She Lacks

~ NE-FBTDNTBS-LSMETGOWTN-II-UOD-WMITMMD-UOEEOTNFS-TIMFO-SRC ~ Narcissistic Envy – Fueled By The Desperate Need To Be Superior – Like So Much Else That Goes On Within The Narcissist – It Is – Unconscious Or Denied – Which Makes It That Much More Dangerous – Unaware Of Either Envy Or The Need For Superiority – These Individuals May Feel Only – Self-Righteous Contempt

~ IITNONETSTSFOOVSPOV-B-OEOT-A-O-F-A-C ~ It Is The Nature Of Narcissistic Entitlement To See The Situation From Only One Very Subjective Point Of View – Because – Others Exist Only To – Agree – Obey – Flatter – And – Comfort

~ HHNFLTND ~ Hell Hath No Fury Like The Narcissist Denied

~ NPD-OA-OIOHP-MTFC-FTSFON-YTAMMIWETT-TSD-STCSD-INIT-TCIOWWTCICCOARB ~ Narcissistic Personality Disorder – Only About – One In One Hundred People – Meets The Full Criteria – For This Severe Form Of Narcissism – Yet There Are Many More Individuals Who Exhibit These Traits – To Some Degree – Sufficient To Cause Significant Distress – If Not In Themselves – Then Certainly In Others With Whom They Come In Close Contact On A Regular Basis

~ WTPSFSN-TRAP-SCWTB-COTNP-WOWBMDIRTR-AFSOS ~ When The Parent Suffers From Significant Narcissism – The Results Are Predictable – Some Children Will Themselves Become – Clones Of Their Narcissistic Parents – While Others Will Be Mysteriously Drawn Into Relationships That Require – A Familiar Sacrifice Of Self

~ S-WADTT-L-T-LQ-A-TSWTMUF-WWIIT-GAO-ISW-WTH-WMEUSOTAITLU-UEAB ~ Sometimes – We Are Drawn To Their – Larger-Than-Life Qualities – And – The Special Way They Make Us Feel – When We’re Included In Their – Grandiosity And Omnipotence – In Some Way – When This Happens – We May End Up Sacrificing Ourselves To An Illusion That Leaves Us – Ultimately Empty And Bruised

~ W-YETWOTN-YLYB ~ When – You Enter The Web Of The Narcissist – You Leave Yourself Behind

~ TNEUVOO-NV-TMTOWKUBTTB-PUU-B-TP-D-A-TM ~ The Narcissist Engages Us Via Our Own – Narcissistic Vulnerabilities – The Most Treacherous Ones Will Keep Us Bound To Them By – Pumping Us Up – Between – The Put-Downs – And – The Manipulations

~ NC-D-O-P-UPOTOOP ~ Narcissists Constantly – Dump – Or – Project – Unwanted Parts Of Themselves Onto Other People

~ TNTPWIH-AICFMP-IRIN-YAJAMTAE ~ Try Not To Personalize What Is Happening – Although It Couldn’t Feel More Personal – It Really Is Not – You Are Just A Means To An End

~ YNTFAWT-D-FT-FOD-TNEIY-SIHTTOTPABTYOOTI ~ You Need To Find A Way To – Detach – From The – Feeling Of Diminishment – The Narcissist Evokes In You – Sometimes It Helps To Think Of This Person As Being Two Years Old On The Inside

~ RTUTR-DTTCOETPE-TNHALAT-IKUPU ~ Resist The Urge To Retaliate – Don’t Try To Challenge Or Enlighten This Person Either – The Narcissist Has A Lot At Stake – In Keeping Unconscious Processes Unconscious

~ ER ~ Embrace Reality

~ NWGTGLTAARTESATPFTSTGAO-TRAFT ~ Narcissists Will Go To Great Lengths To Avoid Any Realty That Evokes Shame And To Promote Fantasies That Sustain Their Grandiosity And Omnipotence – They Require Accomplices For This

~ WMUVTTSAOTNIOONFI-IOS-EIALS-ITISMFOL ~ What Makes Us Vulnerable To The Seductive Allure Of The Narcissist Is Our Own Need For Inflation – If Our Self-Esteem Is A Little Shaky – If There Is Something Missing From Our Lives

~ IOHYWTTSOAN-FYOD ~ Instead Of Hitching Your Wagon To The Star Of A Narcissist – Find Your Own Dream

~ SPFWTA-N-WYWTTB ~ See People For Who They Are – Not – Who You Want Them To Be

~ LTAT-IAN-L-C-D-O-H-O-BC-TA-O-SALOC-SOL-YCETBOTREOTSB ~ Learn To Accept That – If A Narcissist – Lies – Cheats – Disrespects – Or– Hurts – Others – Betrays Confidences – Takes Advantage – Or – Shows A Lack Of Compassion – Sooner Or Later – You Can Expect To Be On The Receiving End Of That Same Behavior

~ DFITTOTTSSAYRWSY ~ Don’t Fall Into The Trap Of Thinking That Something Special About Your Relationship Will Spare You

~ DGIARWANTYAGTCT-O-THOSWCBOFFY ~ Don’t Go Into A Relationship With A Narcissist Thinking You Are Going To Change That Person – Or – That He Or She Will Change Because Of Feelings For You

~ TBDATIAEOTNIAGSGOYOWVAAAOYOA ~ The Best Defense Against The Intrusions And Exploitations Of The Narcissist Is A Good Solid Grasp On Your Own Narcissistic Vulnerabilities And An Appreciation Of Your Own Assets

~ PLIRASTMTARAYOGA ~ Practice Living In Reality And Striving To Make That As Rewarding As Your Own Gifts Allow

~ IYCCYOGOYNTI-YMBSITWOYOH ~ If You Can’t Control Your Own Grandiosity Or Your Need To Idealize – You May Be Standing In The Way Of Your Own Happiness

~ IVOB-OBCTAPN-IIAYOR ~ Inevitable Violations Of Boundaries – Our Biggest Clue To Another Person’s Narcissism – Ignore It At Your Own Risk

~ OYHSAB-KI-IYBD-YSTNTYDNNTBTS ~ Once You Have Set A Boundary – Keep It – If You Back Down – You Show The Narcissist That You Do Not Need To Be Taken Seriously

~ CRR ~ Cultivate Reciprocal Relationships

~ OOTBWTCWNITABVIWTITFP-YMAWTATTEIWNT ~ One Of The Best Ways To Cope With Narcissists Is To Avoid Becoming Very Involved With Them In The First Place – You Might Also Want To Avoid The Toxic Environments In Which Narcissists Thrive

~ TYCTRAANANVITP ~ Teach Your Children To Recognize And Avoid Narcissism And Narcissistic Values In Their Peers

~ TAOTKOPOAUTN:TWCPTU-A-TWTCPD ~ There Are Only Two Kinds Of People Of Any Use To Narcissists: Those Who Can Pump Them Up – And – Those Whom They Can Put Down

~ NMB-ME-W-A-A-EP-TMPYA-TMYCGAW ~ Narcissism May Become – More Entrenched – With – Age – And – Expanding Power – The More Powerful You Are – The More You Can Get Away With

~ TEOBATMTNITTYOE ~ The Essence Of Being Able To Manage The Narcissist Is To Transcend Your Own Ego

JOSEPH STIGLITZ ~ THE PRICE OF INEQUALITY ~ 2012

~ SGVFCTC-TWSST-TWACUT-IMW-T-EAPS-HF-A-T-BWFU ~ Specific Grievances Varied From Country To Country – There Were Some Shared Themes – There Was A Common Understanding That – In Many Ways – The – Economic And Political System – Had Failed – And – That – Both Were Fundamentally Unfair

~ TGBWOEAPSASTD-WWWTTDD-AWTAC-BTLTBI ~ The Gap Between What Our Economic And Political Systems Are Supposed To Do – What We Were Told They Did Do – And What They Actually Do – Became Too Large To Be Ignored

~ TBHTB-T-WGA-WHBTATEED-ACLATSSTTWNAA-TBHITBTW ~ The Bankers Had Taken Bets – That – Without Government Assistance – Would Have Brought Them And The Entire Economy Down – A Closer Look At The System Showed That This Was Not An Accident – The Bankers Had Incentives To Behave This Way

~ TMOINE ~ The Market Obviously Is Not Efficient

~ U-TIOTMTGJFSMC-ITWFOTM-TGSOI-AAMCOI ~ Unemployment – The Inability Of The Market To Generate Jobs For So Many Citizens – Is The Worst Failure Of The Market – The Greatest Source Of Inefficiency – And A Major Cause Of Inequality

~ WHEHAHP ~ We Have Empty Homes And Homeless People

~ WAPAHPFO-I-AESTISSALE-WLG-A-ADTHBPIP ~ We Are Paying A High Price For Our – Inequality – An Economic System That Is Less Stable And Less Efficient – With Less Growth – And – A Democracy That Has Been Put Into Peril

~ TPOMIE-B-THNIMC ~ The Power Of Markets Is Enormous – But – They Have No Inherent Moral Character

~ ATB-MHPACRITSIIPASOLITPTHY-BGHAPAMRITA-AFTF-MATFTA ~ At Their Best – Markets Have Played A Central Role In The Stunning Increases In Productivity And Standards Of Living In The Past Two Hundred Years – But Government Has Also Played A Major Role In These Advances – A Fact That Free-Market Advocates Typically Fail To Acknowledge

~ OTOH-MCACW-PECOTS-A-AWAC ~ On The Other Hand – Markets Can Also Concentrate Wealth – Pass Environmental Costs On To Society – And – Abuse Workers And Consumers

~ TFIPAEAR-ATREO-PHSTM-ASIIWT-ATT-ATEOTR ~ The Failures In Politics And Economics Are Related – And They Reinforce Each Other – Politics Have Shaped The Market – And Shaped It In Ways That – Advantage The Top – At The Expense Of The Rest

~ UMDNWW-AWHS ~ Unfettered Markets Do Not Work Well – As We Have Seen

~ TLOI-A-TAOO-INI-NIIRRSTPOIMF ~ The Level Of Inequality – And – The Absence Of Opportunity – Is Not Inevitable – Nor Is Its Recent Rise Simply The Product Of Inexorable Market Forces

~ IA-ATAM-ATTCTGMMTTTWBE-PBIWLTMG-TIAIC-T-DE-IHALP-AHLBD-HIHNLTMG ~ Inequality’s Apologists – And They Are Many – Argue To The Contrary That Giving More Money To The Top Will Benefit Everyone – Partly Because It Would Led To More Growth – This Is An Idea Called – Trickle-Down Economics – It Has A Long Pedigree – And Has Long Been Discredited – Higher Inequality Has Not Led To More Growth

~ SDIIFTBIP-TETERTTSAA-‘PT’ ~ So Difficult Is It For Those Born Into Poverty To Escape – That Economists Refer To The Situation As A – “Poverty Trap”

~ MOIIDFCCAOI ~ Measures Of Income Inequality Don’t Fully Capture Critical Aspects Of Inequality

~ MOTITETIARO-GP-BWTGDAWIDND-IITROPFAMAOEO ~ Much Of The Inequality That Exists Today Is A Result Of – Government Policy – Both What The Government Does And What It Does Not Do – Inequality Is The Result Of Political Forces As Much As Of Economic Ones

~ TMTMA-TMCTALTB-WGI-CMCEAD ~ The More Transparent Markets Are – The More Competitive They Are Likely To Be – Without Good Information – Capital Markets Can’t Exercise Any Discipline

~ T-WAS-CWI;IC-T-T-‘R’-O-L/NR-WMTD ~ Taxing – Work And Savings – Can Weaken Incentives; In Contrast – Taxing – The – “Rents” – On – Land / Natural Resources – Won’t Make Them Disappear

~ TSWTASMIGTGTGYO ~ The Simplest Way To A Sustainable Monopoly Is Getting The Government To Give You One

~ IOTTWIAFG-IQATBATWTROTG-A-IEW-IYCCYOR ~ It’s One Thing To Win In A Fair Game – It’s Quite Another To Be Able To Write The Rules Of The Game – And – It’s Even Worse – If You Can Choose Your Own Referees

~ ‘RC’-TOTRC-CFARTTSTTASTR-STSW-GWRITP-GC ~ “Regulatory Capture” – Those On The Regulatory Commissions – Come From And Return To The Sector That They Are Supposed To Regulate – Serve The Sector Well – Get Well Rewarded In Their Post-Government Career

~ ITGGYTRT-E-R-F-F-IDTAGTMAF ~ If The Government Grants You The Right To – Extract – Resources – For – Free – It Doesn’t Take A Genius To Make A Fortune

~ OESRP-NMHTM-AIA-M-CE-INSTSMSPTTS ~ Our Economic System Rewards Profits – No Matter How They’re Made – And In A – Money-Centric Economy – It’s Not Surprising To See Moral Scruples Put To The Side

~ TMDOAIS-IC ~ The Major Determinant Of An Individual’s Success – Initial Conditions

~ LIR-LR-A-ADADFS-CTTROTE-FAM ~ Low Interest Rates – Lax Regulations – And – A Distorted And Dysfunctional Financial Sector – Came To The Rescue Of The Economy – For A Moment

~ R-ATROTG-TEC-TPA-TPTTCPT ~ Regulations – Are The Rules Of The Game – To Ensure Competition – To Prevent Abuses – To Protect Those That Cannot Protect Themselves

~ MOTIIOE:TROR-S ~ Much Of The Inequality In Our Economy: The Result Of Rent-Seeking

~ TFSIST-STROTE-NTOWA ~ The Financial Sector Is Supposed To – Serve The Rest Of The Economy – Not The Other Way Around

~ MOT-‘FI’-WDT-CR-AALL-REP ~ Many Of These – “Financial Innovations” – Were Designed To – Circumvent Regulations – And Actually Lowered Long-Run Economic Performance

~ TCBDAWACC ~ There Can Be Destructive As Well As Constructive Competition

~ IF-ATPOF-IP ~ Increasing Fairness – And The Perception Of Fairness – Increases Productivity

~ TSTOEAPSIU-UT-WIEFTFOOS ~ The Sense That Our Economic And Political System Is Unfair – Undermines Trust – Which Is Essential For The Functioning Of Our Society

~ G-ITFITWWAT-C-TSTNP ~ Government – Is The Formal Institution Through Which We Act Together – Collectively – To Solve The Nation’s Problems

~ CATAIIESOS ~ Cooperation And Trust Are Important In Every Sphere Of Society

~ WOU-TROT-IMOEW-O-TIOTSC-TBUT ~ We Often Underestimate – The Role Of Trust – In Making Our Economy Work – Or – The Importance Of The Social Contract – That Binds Us Together

~ SC-ITGTHST ~ Social Capital – Is The Glue That Holds Societies Together

~ OCSH-D-NS-D-A-FAUG ~ One Cannot Simultaneously Have – Democracy – National Self-Determination – And – Full And Unfettered Globalization

~ N-ITHOTP-HSM-GSM-TSF-WWSR-WAAIR ~ Never – In The History Of The Planet – Had So Many – Given So Much – To So Few – Who Were So Rich – Without Asking Anything In Return

~ MH-BBHRAPLTERTBB ~ Moral Hazard – Bank Bailouts Had Repeatedly And Predictably Led To Excessive Risk Taking By Banks

~ RBBHIHCOT ~ Repeated Bank Bailouts Have Imposed High Costs On Taxpayers

~ ATW-TEO-FP-AL ~ Around The World – The Examples Of – Failed Privatizations – Are Legion

~ MOCWIHWTTC ~ Much Of Corporate Welfare Is Hidden Within The Tax Code

~ MCWITISD-ICGOTUOTR-WTBTL ~ Markets Can’t Work If There Isn’t Some Discipline – If Companies Get Only The Upside Of The Risks – With Taxpayer Bearing The Losses

~ WTWIO-DHTBTFCOTA-TWHII-NTIT-A-TTPTAROI ~ When Those Who Injure Others – Don’t Have To Bear The Full Consequences Of Their Actions – They Will Have Inadequate Incentives – Not To Injure Them – And – To Take Precautions To Avoid Risks Of Injury

~ IEPIACBTUD-PCWF ~ If Economic Power In A Country Becomes Too Unevenly Distributed – Political Consequences Will Follow

~ IAD-API-APAIM-ACBIAPI-MHSDOA-OTMSTTINM-ABDAEP ~ In Any Democracy – A Public Institution – And Pretend As It Might – A Central Bank Is A Public Institution – Must Have Some Degree Of Accountability – Oversight To Make Sure That There Is No Malfeasance – A Central Bank’s Decisions Are Essentially Political

~ AWIP ~ Another World Is Possible

~ N-TPOE-TPOEAF ~ Not – The Politics Of Envy – The Politics Of Efficiency And Fairness