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

JONATHAN CRARY ~ 24/7 ~ 2013

~ TSS-AQFSWPCWMCATFON-HAAN-AHHS-W-RI-A-IAIA-BSS-A-T-SS-WBTFOT-S-WOC ~ The Sleepless Soldier – A Quest For Soldiers Whose Physical Capabilities Will More Closely Approximate The Functionalities Of Non-Human Apparatuses And Networks – As History Has Shown – War-Related Innovations – Are – Inevitably Assimilated Into A – Broader Social Sphere – And – The – Sleepless Solider – Would Be The Forerunner Of The – Sleepless – Worker Or Consumer

~ N-SP-F-ALO-A-E-FM-AN ~ Non-Sleep Products – First – A Lifestyle Option – And – Eventually – For Many – A Necessity

~ OOTFOT-SD ~ One Of The Forms Of Torture – Sleep Deprivation

~ CF-ATTNLP-BCT ~ Continuous Functioning – A Time That No Longer Passes – Beyond – Clock Time

~ 24/7-IATO-I-AWTFOHLIIIAWWSHNNOI ~ 24/7 – Is A Time Of – Indifference – Against Which The Fragility Of Human Life Is Increasingly Inadequate And Within Which Sleep Has No Necessity Or Inevitability

~ TPB-R-AA-N-S-WS-O-A-AO-SM-O-I-C/T/S/D ~ The Planet Becomes – Reimagined – As A – Non-Stop – Work Site – Or – An – Always Open – Shopping Mall – Of – Infinite – Choices / Tasks / Selections / Digressions

~ S-ITSIW-P/C/D-O-WP-HTEOLATDOR ~ Sleeplessness – Is The State In Which – Producing / Consuming / Discarding – Occur – Without Pause – Hastening The Exhaustion Of Life And The Depletion Of Resources

~ T-IOS-IIFTODOSPIOS ~ The – Injuring Of Sleep – Is Inseparable From The Ongoing Dismantling Of Social Protections In Other Spheres

~ AT-CDW-HBPDATG-B-PAP-WTAMO-BW ~ Access To – Clean Drinking Water – Has Been Programmatically Devastated Around The Globe – By – Pollution And Privatization – With The Accompanying Monetization Of – Bottled Water

~ SICDOSIOTBS ~ Sleep Is Crucially Dependent On Society In Order To Be Sustained

~ PS-AN-CPTDS ~ Public Spaces – Are Now – Comprehensively Planned To Deter Sleeping

~ TPBSDPO-UH-EMD-YFAMAT-THAIO-US ~ The Pervasive But Socially Disregarded Phenomenon Of – Urban Homelessness – Entails Many Deprivations – Yet Few Are More Acute Than – The Hazards And Insecurities Of – Unsheltered Sleep

~ SN-M-P-S-NE-IWOCN-S/C/ENR-TIARIOT-N-TO24/7-IEAOSOPL ~ Since No – Moment – Place – Situation – Now Exists – In Which One Can Not – Shop / Consume / Exploit Networked Resources – There Is A Relentless Incursion Of The – Non-Time Of 24/7 – Into Every Aspect Of Social Or Personal Life

~ ISOT-OP-OT-C-E-H-B-HT-A-TTONS-T-LR-OTRA-D/F/CD ~ In Spite Of The – Omnipresent Proclamations – Of The – Compatibility – Even – Harmonization – Between – Human Time – And – The Temporalities Of Networked Systems – The – Lived Realities – Of This Relationship Are – Disjunctions / Fractures / Continual Disequilibrium

~ CTMC-TIAO-DOMAPC-RTTEOM ~ Contrary To Many Claims – There Is An Ongoing – Diminution Of Mental And Perceptual Capabilities – Rather Than Their Expansion Or Modulation

~ TIO-TC-A-Q-A-DBSPOAO-S-O-AMAO-CSR-TBAA-N-U-C-AT-FON ~ The Idea Of – Technological Change – As – Quasi-Autonomous – Driven By Some Process Of Autopoesis Of – Self-Organization – Allows Many Aspects Of – Contemporary Social Reality – To Be Accepted As – Necessary – Unalterable – Circumstances – Akin To – Facts Of Nature

~ FTVM-O-PAC-RT-IT-WCTB-EAD-BOTVAW-NPE-A-AW-AR-OESTP ~ For The Vast Majority – Our – Perceptual And Cognitive – Relationship To – Information Technology – Will Continue To Be – Estranged And Disempowered – Because Of The Velocity At Which – New Products Emerge – And – At Which – Arbitrary Reconfigurations – Of Entire Systems Take Place

~ A-ATN-IAAQDOOATADO24/7R;IIAPOAEITNOPAWAIIMIA-A-O-N-WCSAE ~ Any – Apparent Technological Novelty – Is Also A Qualitative Dilation Of One’s Accommodation To And Dependence On 24/7 Routines; It Is Also Part Of An Expansion In The Number Of Points At Which An Individual Is Made Into An – Application – Of – New – Control Systems And Enterprises

~ ENPOS-PIA-EFT-BOOOL-AE-GNORAN ~ Every New Product Or Service – Presents Itself As – Essential For The – Bureaucratic Organization Of One’s Life – An Ever-Growing Number Of Routines And Needs

~ IA-TIA-IAIU-TO-CLOS-M-T-IOCAA-IOOTFOT-GSO-A-R ~ In Actuality – There Is An – Imposed And Inescapable Uniformity – To Our – Compulsory Labor Of Self-Management – The – Illusion Of Choice And Autonomy – Is One Of The Foundations Of This – Global System Of – Auto-Regulation

~ TMAFO-SADA-UB-IA-ANEITTMSOLB ~ The Most Advanced Forms Of – Surveillance And Data Analysis – Used By – Intelligence Agencies – Are Now Equally Indispensable To The Marketing Strategies Of – Large Businesses

~ E-WAT-NA-‘OP’-T-ASIOPF-B-TPOT-AB-IACF-TTOMSRIMAQF-IIEA-SOIL-TCIW-PII-A-W-OBAPSO-DHAS ~ Everyone – We Are Told – Needs An – “Online Presence” – To – Avoid Social Irrelevance Or Professional Failure – But – The Promotion Of These – Alleged Benefits – Is A Cover For – The Transfer Of Most Social Relations Into Monetized And Quantifiable Forms – It Is Equally A – Shift Of Individual Life – To Conditions In Which – Privacy Is Impossible – And – Which – One Becomes A Permanent Site Of – Data Harvesting And Surveillance

~ SI-A-T-ROP-T-HAER ~ Sensory Impoverishment – And – The – Reduction Of Perception – To – Habit And Engineered Response

~ OOTM-FOC-OTLTY-HBTETA-NVA-T-PPOL ~ One Of The Main – Forms Of Control – Over The Last Thirty Years – Has Been To Ensure There Are – No Visible Alternatives – To – Privatized Patterns Of Living

~ INANITSO-AER-FOOSEAP-TW-A-RAR-TS-TO-TD-A-TS-I-IITU-A-ST-WPSAITUOSM-WIB-H-EAI ~ If Networks Are Not In The Service Of – Already Existing Relationships – Forged Out Of Shared Experience And Proximity – They Will – Always – Reproduce And Reinforce – The Separations – The Opacity – The Dissimulations – And – The Self-Interestedness – Inherent In Their Use – Any – Social Turbulence – Whose Primary Sources Are In The Use Of Social Media – Will Inevitably Be – Historically – Ephemeral And Inconsequential

~ 24/7-HPA-AOTIPAD-TAETAFODD:TP-TLTO-TWOTTS ~ 24/7 – Has Produced An – Atrophy Of The Individual Patience And Deference – That Are Essential To Any Form Of Direct Democracy: The Patience – To Listen To Others – To Wait One’s Turn To Speak

~ S-IOOTFREW-KON-WAOTTCOO ~ Sleep – Is One Of The Few Remaining Experiences Where – Knowingly Or Not – We Abandon Ourselves To The Care Of Others

~ S-RPDF-NAD-IOTEASO-IAU-IIAFOTTLUETTTTWOOATWN-I-ORASORTBIAESWAN-MD ~ Sleep – Requires Periodic Disengagement From – Networks And Devices – In Order To Enter A State Of – Inactivity And Uselessness – It Is A Form Of Time That Leads Us Elsewhere Than To The Things We Own Or Are Told We Need – Involuntarily – One Reclaims A Sensitivity Or Responsiveness To Both Internal And External Sensations Within A Non-Metric Duration

~ S-OOTUROTE ~ Sleep – One Of The Unvanquishable Remnants Of The Everyday

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

CHRISTOPHER CLUGSTON ~ BLIP ~ 2019

~ T-N-C-E-P-I-TLTWWMV-HE-IOTCU-HIAIC ~ The – Nature-Centered – Ecological – Perspective – Is – The Lens Through Which We Must View – Human Existence – In Order To Correctly Understand – Human Industrialism And Its Consequences

~ R-TLTWTVMOHCV-HE-IT-H-C-A-P-WRUIOAUO-P/P/F-C ~ Regrettably – The Lens Through Which The Vast Majority Of Humankind Currently Views – Human Existence – Is The – Human-Centered – Anthropocentric – Perspective – Which Renders Us Incapable Of Accurately Understanding Our – Past / Present / Future – Circumstances

~ HE-IGBO-NE-PB-ER:RNR+NNR=NH-WEALOE ~ Human Existence – Is Governed By Our – Natural Environment – Particularly By – Earth Resources: Renewable Natural Resources + Nonrenewable Natural Resources + Natural Habitats – Which Enable All Life On Earth

~ OS-HS-I-E-B-N-E-A-I-STTS-NL-TAT-AOES ~ Our Species – Homo Sapiens – Is – Exceptional – But – Not – Exemptional – And – Is – Subject To The Same – Natural Laws – That Apply To – All Other Earth Species

~ ERD-DANR-AARTETRAWIIR-O-DANH-AARTETRAWIIR-I-U ~ Earth Resource Overexploitation – Depleting A Natural Resource – At A Rate That Exceeds The Rate At Which It Is Replenished – Or – Degrading A Natural Habitat – At A Rate That Exceeds The Rate At Which It Is Regenerated – Is – Unsustainable

~ WAN-E-WAMT-EFB-OA-O-T-RD-NL-A-WATUAUVOOOI ~ We Are Not – Exemptional – We Are Merely The – Extraordinarily Fortunate Beneficiaries – Of A – One-Time – Rapidly Depleting – Natural Legacy – And – We Are The Unwitting And Unfortunate Victims Of Our Own Ingenuity

~ BL ~ Biodiversity Loss

~ SWB ~ Societal Wellbeing Improvement

~ GNNRSI ~ Global Nonrenewable Natural Resources Scarcity Indicators

~ GNNRSC ~ Global Nonrenewable Natural Resources Scarcity Consequences

~ TPIBHTF-H-G-T-A-WTISABHCOFS ~ The Primary Impetus Behind Humanity’s Transition From – Hunter-Gather – To – Agriculturalists – Was The Increased Security Afforded By Human Control Over Food Supplies

~ SW-CDH-AE-WUTS-ASLHB-RTT-IHMLS ~ Surplus Wealth – Created During Humanity’s – Agrarian Era – Was Used To Support – Additional Subsistence Level Human Beings – Rather Than To – Improve Human Material Living Standards

~ A-GBT-HC-WE-L/N/TSM-HC-AE-HUIO-W/O/F/D-WRT-CDAOHQOL-AW(AB)AQS ~ Agrarianism – Gave Birth To – Human Civilization – Which Engendered – Literacy / Numeracy / The Scientific Method – Human Civilization – Also Engendered – Historically Unprecedented Instances Of – War / Oppression / Famine / Disease – With Respect To – Cultural Development And Overall Human Quality Of Life – Agrarianism Was (At Best) At Qualified Success

~ IIITOTEO-I-O-HSW-TSTWITIWC-‘N’-AABNFHHP ~ It Is Impossible To Overstate The Effect Of – Industrialism – On – Human Societal Wellbeing – The Lifestyles That We In The Industrialized World Consider – “Normal” – Are Anything But Normal From Humanity’s Historical Perspective

~ Y-OTHUOAP-WHCTB-WTOQ-T-GA-EV-NNR-WRSTPTIWOLTWWHBA ~ Yet – Owing To Humanity’s Unfailingly Optimistic Anthropocentric Perspective – We Have Continued To Believe – Without Thought Or Question – That – Globally Available – Economically Viable – Nonrenewable Natural Resources – Will Remain Sufficient To Perpetuate The Industrial Way Of Life To Which We Have Become Accustomed

~ F-M-WFA-IGD-LOG-LA ~ Future – Mining – Will Face An – Increasing Geological Distance – Lower Ore Grade – Less Accessible

~ HS-A-ES-N-A-ES ~ Homo Sapiens – An – Exceptional Species – Not – An – Exemptional Species

~ IW-A-GE-TST-C-EUF-TPO-E ~ It Was – A – Gross Exaggeration – To Suppose That – Culture – Exempted Us From – The Principles Of – Ecology

~ PPP ~ Pseudo Purchasing Power

~ RGAB-A-A-Y-U-LOM ~ Reinflated Global Asset Bubbles – And – As-Yet-Unknown – Levels Of Malinvestment

~ S-N-B-T-FAM-S-RPEBAINB ~ Sweeping – Never-Before-Tried – Fiscal And Monetary – Stimulus – Reinflated Previously Existing Bubbles And Inflated New Bubbles

~ HCD ~ Human Cultural Deterioration

~ HIPBAAOIS-P/E/S-P-WACB-ID-P/E/S-B ~ Humanity Is Plagued By An Array Of Increasingly Severe – Political / Economic / Societal – Problems – Which Are Caused By – Increasingly Dysfunctional – Political / Economic / Societal – Behavior

~ DCC-T-IC-OO-UEREB ~ Deteriorating Cultural Circumstances – The – Inevitable Consequence – Of Our – Unsustainable Earth Resource Exploitation Behavior

~ HPI-B-B-N-E-B ~ Humanity’s Predicament Is – Geologically-Based – Not – Economically-Based

~ IH-IET-IS-AW-TUOOILP-NS-NIT-T-S-UAV ~ Industrial Humanity – Is Experiencing The – Increasing Stress – Associated With – The Unravelling Of Our Industrial Lifestyle Paradigm – Nature’s Squeeze – Manifesting Itself Through – Increasing – Societal – Unrest And Violence

~ IHS-IP:D-PAI-T-F-N-R-A-IS-NNR-TEOIWOL-A-OVE ~ Industrial Humanity’s Self-Inflicted Predicament: Depleting – Persistently And Increasingly – The – Finite – Non-Replenishing – And – Increasingly Scarce – Nonrenewable Natural Resources – That Enable Our Industrial Way Of Life – And – Our Very Existence

~ H-HEIA-TDWN-STIOO-IR-N300YA-WHBTUFB-A-O-T-RD-NL-A-WATUVOOOI-A-WWSDTHIRAM300Y-‘B’ ~ Humankind – Has Existed In A – Terminal Disequilibrium With Nature – Since The Inception Of Our – Industrial Revolution – Nearly 300 Years Ago – We Have Been The Uniquely Fortunate Beneficiaries – A – One-Time – Rapidly Depleting – Natural Legacy – And – We Are The Unwitting Victims Of Our Own Ingenuity – And – We Will Soon Discover That Human Industrialism Represents A Mere 300 Year – “Blip”

~ FHP ~ Faltering Human Prosperity

~ A-C/T/CD-BOA-GWT-A/I/A-BOS-T-GP-WBI-F-A-A-V ~ As – Compassion / Tolerance / Common Decency – Born Of Abundance – Give Way To – Assertiveness / Intolerance / Aggression – Borne Of Scarcity – The – General Populace – Will Become Increasingly – Frustrated / Angry / Violent

~ AO-OPAIIC-WI-AW-TRTO-ON-O-CMAM-HBDBO-NN-O-CLAL ~ Awareness Of – Our Predicament And Its Inevitable Consequences – Will Increase – As Will – The Realization That Our – Old Normal – Of – Continuously More And More – Has Been Displaced By Our – New Normal – Of – Continuously Less And Less

~ O-GSC-W-C-W-S/I/N-C-GOHB-FTIW-S-RNR-ETSTS-O-W-HBE ~ Our – Global Societal Collapse – Will – Culminate – When – Small / Isolated / Non-Competing – Groups Of Human Beings – Find Themselves In Areas Where – Sufficient – Renewable Natural Resources – Exist To Support Them Sustainably – Or – When – Humankind Becomes Extinct

~ IBAGR ~ It’s Been A Great Ride

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

NASSIM TALEB ~ SKIN IN THE GAME ~ 2018

~ HAIDL ~ Hidden Asymmetries In Daily Life

~ IATINDBAATRW;ITRW-TI ~ In Academia There Is Not Difference Between Academia And The Real World; In The Real World – There Is

~ IYHTR-YMAGSOTR-NLOPTPOYM ~ If You Have The Rewards – You Must Also Get Some Of The Risks – Not Let Others Pay The Price Of Your Mistakes

~ IYIROO-ATAH-YNTPSPFI ~ If You Inflict Risk On Others – And – They Are Harmed – You Need To Pay Some Price For It

~ IDLRBTIMOTO ~ I Don’t Like Reading Books That Inform Me Of The Obvious

~ ODAPBEJI ~ One Debases A Principle By Endlessly Justifying It

~ YCS-K-F-CWTG-A-YCS-A-F-CWTG ~ You Cannot Separate – Knowledge – From – Contact With The Ground – Actually – You Cannot Separate – Anything – From – Contact With The Ground

~ TKWGB-T-V-TAE-E-A-TWOT-IOW-CWTE-IVSTT-OT-R ~ The Knowledge We Get By – Tinkering – Via – Trial And Error – Experience – And – The Workings Of Time – In Other Words – Contact With The Earth – Is Vastly Superior To That – Obtained Through – Reasoning

~ ESB-LD ~ Elaborate Semiabstract Buzzword-Laden Discourse

~ I-NLFH-TF:TTISND/TTIL-N-H-D/TTITOA-NI ~ Interventionistas – Never Learn From History – Three Flaws: They Think In Statics Not Dynamics / They Think In Low – Not – High – Dimensions / They Think In Terms Of Actions – Never Interactions

~ RL-HTH-S/T/F/N-S ~ Real Life – Happens To Have – Second / Third / Fourth / Nth – Steps

~ WWCT-I-D-LMD-SBTNHTPFTCOTA ~ What We Call The – Intelligensia – Delusional – Literally Mentally Deranged – Simply Because They Never Have To Pay For The Consequences Of Their Actions

~ I-FDNH ~ Intervention – First Do No Harm

~ WHABC-B-WSET-DTW-NWC ~ We Have Always Been Crazy – But – Weren’t Skilled Enough To – Destroy The World – Now We Can

~ B-IA CBWAPI-CSFTCOHOHA ~ Bureaucracy – Is A Construction By Which A Person Is – Conveniently Separated From The Consequences Of His Or Her Actions

~ W-WHNCBT-D-O-MP-T-L ~ Well – We Have No Choice But To – Decentralize – Or – More Politely – To – Localize

~ D-R-LSA ~ Decentralization – Reduces Large Structural Asymmetries

~ S-ITTOPO-AR-TAC-SITG ~ Somehow – In The Thousands Of Pages Of – Additional Regulations – They Avoided Considering – Skin In The Game

~ S-LB-RP-VN ~ Systems – Learn By – Removing Parts – Via Negativa

~ SITG-KHHIC ~ Skin In The Game – Keeps Human Hubris In Check

~ WKWMMCWIBTWIG ~ We Know With Much More Clarity What Is Bad Than What Is Good

~ VN-ABR-I-MPALE-P-T-VP-ABA ~ Via Negativa – Acting By Removing – Is – More Powerful And Less Error-Prone – Than – Via Positiva – Acting By Addition

~ ATAFSWGAFAL-U-TIAPFTA ~ Avoid Taking Advice From Someone Who Gives Advice For A Living – Unless – There Is A Penalty For Their Advice

~ WABA-D-T-U ~ We Are Better At – Doing – Than – Understanding

~ TLE-TRTFAKTR-A-TLEOTNLWT ~ The Lindy Effect: Time Removes The Fragile And Keeps The Robust – And – The Life Expectancy Of The Nonfragile Lengthens With Time

~ OAN(BP) ~ Overeducated And Naive (But Punctual)

~ TINKRDO-R-TMRO-T-‘N’-R ~ There Is No Known Rigorous Definition Of – Rationality – That Makes Rejection Of The – “Natural” – Rational

~ WI-R-ITWA-TCE-MTLFALT-T-S- ~ What Is – Rational – Is That What Allows – The Collective Entities – Meant To Live For A Long Time – To – Survive

~ CH-WBAFI ~ Causing Harm – Without Being Accountable For It

~ TWTSD-A-OTWDST ~ Those Who Talk Should Do – And – Only Those Who Do Should Talk

~ ATGMT-TI-AGSBTMATU ~ As Things Get More Technical – There Is – A Growing Separation Between The Maker And The User

~ TDB-PWSITG-TTGI-C-BT-FC ~ Things Designed By – People Without Skin In The Game – Tend To Grow In – Complication – Before Their – Final Collapse

~ IYC-ES-R ~ If You Can’t – Effectively Sue – Regulate

~ AYDT-OYW-CSC-SM-‘E’-OOI(AOOYL)-WEMYDI ~ Anything You Do To – Optimize Your Work – Cut Some Corners – Squeeze More – “Efficiency” – Out Of It (And Out Of Your Life) – Will Eventually Make You Dislike It

~ AHTSITG ~ Artisans Have Their Soul In The Game

~ PWTHTSITG ~ People Want To Have Their Soul In The Game

~ TSNBAATEOO ~ Thou Shalt Not Become Antifragile At The Expense Of Others

~ YNTEWYFO ~ You Need To Eat What You Feed Others

~ TEIAMRTTL-OT-IITLTSCTTE-NTR ~ The Ethical Is Always More Robust Than The Legal – Over Time – It Is The Legal That Should Converge To The Ethical – Never The Reverse

~ L-CAG;E-S ~ Laws – Come And Go; Ethics – Stay

~ SM ~ Scaling Matters

~ TEACCSBWPAAC-PTC-AITEUBR-SCCBTL-GBDAADS ~ There Exists A Certain Community Size Below Which People Act As Collectivists – Protecting The Commons – As If The Entire Unit Became Rational – Such Commons Cannot Be Too Large – Groups Behave Differently At A Different Scale

~ ROM-EMIG ~ Reliance On Metrics – Every Metric Is Gameable

~ Y-TMM-R ~ Yes – The Most Motivated – Rules

~ TMILALMTWASD-A-TBWTDASITSIH[H]FIOTSOTTRTTOTD ~ The Market Is Like A Large Movie Theater With A Small Door – And – The Best Way To Detect A Sucker Is To See If His[Her] Focus Is On The Size Of The Theater Rather Than That Of The Door

~ T-S-C-M-UTP-T-SG-AW-NAM ~ The – So-Called – Mathematics – Used To Prove – The – Selfish Gene – Are Woefully – Naive And Misplaced

~ LPA-UAGS-A-TWTCOT ~ Leave People Alone – Under A Good Structure – And – They Will Take Care Of Things

~ FINF ~ Freedom Is Never Free

~ WM-IWAPHODH;IIWHOSIAOL ~ What Matters – Isn’t What A Person Has Or Doesn’t Have; It Is What He Or She Is Afraid Of Losing

~ TMYHTL-TMFYA ~ The More You Have To Lose – The More Fragile You Are

~ TSOOIYG ~ The Skin Of Others In Your Game

~ THO-W-EIYEUV-IMTTFTTTE-OTNCB-CS-MYWPTP-ASCAY ~ The History Of – Whistleblowers – Even If You End Up Vindicated – It May Take Time For The Truth To Emerge – Over The Noise Created By – Corporate Shills – Meanwhile You Will Pay The Price – A Smear Campaign Against You

~ TWEI-SC-AAP-AN-IAEE-HATBT-STIA-R-WAPT-ES ~ Those Who Engage In – Smear Campaigning – As A Profession – Are Necessarily – Incompetent At Everything Else – Hence At That Business Too – So The Industry Accumulates – Rejects – Who Are Prone To – Ethical Stretches

~ PTWA-FIWARTAWTSTWA ~ Precede Talk With Action – For It Will Always Remain That Action Without Talk Supersedes Talk Without Action

~ IYI ~ Intellectual Yet Idiot

~ WPR-O-SR-I-TPATTWHNSITG-ITTPOF ~ What People Resent – Or – Should Resent – Is – The Person At The Top Who Has No Skin In The Game – Immune To The Possibility Of Falling

~ TE-I-EIP ~ True Equality – Is – Equality In Probability

~ TPINTP-IIHPHI ~ The Problem Is Never The Problem – It Is How People Handle It

~ IY-PL-CWY-IO-ICY-II-NY-PL ~ If Your – Private Life – Conflicts With Your – Intellectual Opinion – It – Cancels Your – Intellectual Ideas – Not Your – Private Life

~ TVM ~ The Virtue Merchants

~ V-INSY-A ~ Virtue – Is Not Something You – Advertise

~ C-ITOVYCF ~ Courage – Is The Only Virtue You Cannot Fake

~ P-B-F-U-L ~ Pronouncements – By – Fools – Using – Labels

~ OO-P-BT-V-T-AOK ~ Outside Of – Poetry – Beware The – Verbalistic – That – Archenemy Of Knowledge

~ IPS ~ Intolerant Political System

~ R-RIWY-D-NIWY-T-O-IWY-‘B’~ Rationality – Resides In What You – Do – Not In What You – Think – Or – In What You – “Believe”

~ SCF-T/U/S-L ~ Survival Comes First – Truth / Understanding / Science – Later

~ WIRITWAFS-ATH-S-I-I ~ What Is Rational Is That Which Allows For Survival – Anything That Hinders – Survival – Is – Irrational

~ IOTS-YMFS ~ In Order To Succeed – You Must First Survive

~ NCAR-I-IIOAFFD ~ Never Cross A River – If – It Is On Average Four Feet Deep

~ CAP-AO ~ Courage And Precaution – Aren’t Opposites

~ SC-INC ~ Selfish Courage – Is Not Courage

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