Category Archives: Human Condition: Variations

On Troublesome Debt

“How did you go bankrupt? “Two ways. Gradually, then all of a sudden.” —Hemingway, The Sun also rises Not long ago, anthropologist David Graeber was moved to write 260,000 words on debt* after a twenty minute conversation with a lady at a cocktail … Continue reading

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A wise Man’s Thoughts

The Trader An essay from In Our Time (1977), a book by Eric Hoffer. Posted with permission from Hopewell Publications It seems strange we know so little of the history of the trader. The trader preceded the cultivator and the herder, … Continue reading

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Going Big or Going Broke?

It was Saturday morning, and lunch for my wife, four kids, and me was the issue. The answer was McDonald’s. Fast, cheap and reasonably good (I liked the fries). Six burgers, six orders of fries, please, for which I gave the … Continue reading

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A Thanksgiving E-card

This lovely palindrome, written by Jonathan Reed, was broadcast on the media screen at church this past Sunday. Cindy and I loved it. We hope you do, too.  Happy Thanksgiving, Rod

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Meditation on How Things Work

Everything is new. And we are living among events so singular that old people have no more knowledge of them, are no more habituated to them, and have no more experience of them than young people. We are all novices, … Continue reading

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The Hell Are We Doing Here?

…No. Capitalism is not a means to any end… It is a process for exploring and engaging uncertainty with fluid expectations… —Venkatesh Rao The argument I’ve been making for a bear market of Grand Supercycle degree is easier to get … Continue reading

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On Liberty

Six days a week, his day ends at 1 am, when he closes up for his boss at the takeout pizza store after making deliveries starting at 5 pm the afternoon before. On all but one of those days, he … Continue reading

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Of Thinking

If Passion drives, let Reason hold the Reins —Benjamin Franklin Our plan had been to stay home for dinner. At the last minute, we decided to go out.  While studying the menu at the restaurant, I reminded myself that I’d already had two desserts this week, so … Continue reading

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Social Mood: The Change Agent

Plus je vois les hommes, Plus j’admire les chiens (The more I see of man, the more I like dogs) —French proverb It’s a fractious time: Narrow mindedness, intolerance and mean spiritedness drive much of our public policy. Civility and discourse in politics have been … Continue reading

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Making SNAP Judgements

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers —Blanche DuBois Skimming Bloomberg’s Website for the national news, the man spots an article on Spanish Lakes Homes, a mobile home park he vaguely recalls passing while driving down to Palm Beach recently, on his way to shop for Cole Hahn shoes at … Continue reading

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