January 7, 2013

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Civilization: The West and the Rest

Civilization by Niall Ferguson

A while back, I discovered Niall Ferguson via a TED talk that he gave on what he called the 6 Killer Apps of Prosperity. It was a fascinating take on why Western Civilization rose to prominence. The last few years I’ve become a bit more preoccupied with history—especially the history of The United States. Change seems to be coming at a rapid rate. A lot of it not so good. The general rationale for the success of the U.S.A runs the spectrum from “American Exceptionalism” and divine providence to exploitation and war. None of those rationales ever really seemed right to me. They are too simplistic.

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December 6, 2012

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The pursuit of normal: It’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

A great deal of the lives we live and the societies we have built revolve around the creation of a “normal” life. They are structured. They have rules. These rules create expectations—expectations around our behavior. If we don’t operate within these expectations, we waste energy and resources. It is a necessity for a large society such as ours to function.

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September 28, 2012

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It’s about heart.

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Life tends to get in the way of our plans. We think we are in control of our lives(and our plans), but really, we are only in control of how we respond to our lives. Life doesn’t care. It throws up roadblocks. Stress at work. Strained relationships. Weakened immune systems. It gets in the way of what we think we should be doing. So we roll with it.

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