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The Death of Certainty

Thinking about complexity, modernity, and the loss of certainty on the anniversary of the destruction of the Space Shuttle Columbia.  Written in 2002. 

Make Better Decisions. Please.

Decisions aren’t found under a rock. Decision-making is what makes us human. It’s why we have those big frontal lobes. Decision-making is the means by which we most directly attempt to shape our lives.

Tell Me Your Story, and I’ll Tell You Mine

Story telling may be the most powerful form of influence you can use.  I wrote this in 2008 . . . over 10,000 words on the power of story telling.  In some ways this might be my masterwork to that point. 

Intentions and Attention

Attention is finite. We only have so much to spend per unit of time. Each distraction chips away at this incredible precious commodity until there isn’t enough left to generate virtuous action. We revert to the creatures of habit that we are, with the resulting drop-off in performance which inevitably results in another round of policies, procedures, communications, and noise urgency.

 Written in 2002.

Our Children Are Watching

In 2002 I was thinking a lot about the ethical storm large companies were caught in, the drums of war in Central Asia, and my own journey towards some as yet to be discovered purpose.  From the title you can tell I was thinking here about ethics.

Giving Thanks . . .

I wrote this on Thanksgiving, 2002, a bit more than a year removed from 9.11.01 . . . a good time to be thinking grateful thoughts, even if the reasons weren’t always clear. The list of things I wrote at the end stand up well 15 years later.

Omigod, I Think I May Be Getting Stupider

Thomas Jefferson was a big fan of universal public education, rightly believing that ignorance was the breeding ground for tyranny, and education was the first line of defense to freedom and liberty.  In this 2002 essay I explore a series of seemingly unrelated concepts so salve my sense of overwhelm at modernity.

Something is Rotten in Denmark . . . But What?

This is from the “Way Back Machine: First published in August of 2002.  It was and is a contemplation on   an epic period of corporate avarice.  One of many and a foreshadow of more to come not that many years later.