You can't do anything about the length of your life,
but you can do something about its width and depth.
Being able to think like a child is an important attribute of being an adult.
When you lose that ability, you start to die.
If you think that I am the only one to point out the ridiculousness of the British/English “royal” family, read this piece from one of the leading English newspapers. Of course, one will have to use a dictionary to understand some words, such as tuppence.
Take particular note of the photo: How ridiculous is that in this day and age? But, like at Disney World, the characters must dress to appeal to the crowd foolish enough to pay buy tickets.
I don’t know who to believe, but I doubt the credulity of the Internet and US media.
I am watching the Holland-Mexico game. On the television, which is usually a live broadcast without delay, the time is 28 minutes of the first half and the score is 0-0.
On the New York Times website at the same time, one item says “live blog” and gives the score as Mexico 1, Holland 0, while an item further down the page announces that the score is 0-0 at the end of the first half.
Who do you believe? I will be interested to see the news later or tomorrow to find out what actually happened…
Philosophy: A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing.
Are the British the dumbest folk on this planet? (There are many competitors, and the jury is still out.) I noticed a news crawler announcing that the “royal” family costs taxpayers 36 million pounds. On top of that, they pay little or no taxes, making them some of the richest people in the country. How’s that for a good deal? Of course, their supporters claim that all tourist income is a direct result of this circus act. Have they not noticed that there are better reasons for visiting that country? Many countries have equal or greater tourist numbers without having a bunch of clowns ripping off tax-payers.
This is an Interesting article, which will surely not be everyone’s cup of tea.
For anyone not bothered to spend time enlightening his- or herself, I’ll provide a few highlights from the piece.
…according to neuroscientists, there is no single place in the brain that generates a self. According to psychologists, there is no little commander-in-chief in our heads directing our behaviour…
Self is…an ever-shifting bundle of thoughts, feelings and memories.
…each of us has a “remembering self,” which makes decisions, and an “experiencing self,” which actually does the living…
The basic question about the self is: what, in essence, am I? Is my identity rooted in something physical (my body/brain) or something psychological (my memories/personality)? Normally, physical and mental go together, so we are not compelled to think of ourselves as primarily one or the other.
…genes and environment conspire to make each of us idiosyncratically singular…
None of this seems to be rocket science, physics, or advance mathematics, rather common sense and reasonable reasoning. As someone said, I am, therefore I think…or was I think, therefore I am. Either way, he (or she) is correct.
The New Yorker also noticed that a jerk (one of many) is on the loose. That’s the trouble with the internet and 24-hour cable news: anyone can spout garbage (this blog is a case in point!).
The only comment I agree with, as difficult as it is to side with an idiot, is the bit about extra time. A 45-minute half should be 45 minutes. I can think of no other sport that adds time at will to each period. Spoils the purity of the so-called “beautiful game”.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.