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Monthly Archives: June 2006

Thought experiment: Suicide

Imagine a society where it’s completely legal and even accepted to end your life.  Are the people in that society (the ones choosing to remain alive) happier? Is it a more productive society? Is there less crime in this society? Are their children raised happier? I would imagine that initially a large number of dissatisfied people [...]

On hurt

Who am I to hurt anyone?  Who do I think I am?  What is my cachet, my reach, my power?  To some extent it’s an exercise in ego to think we wield the ability to hurt another, and conversely, be hurt by another.  Am I not, in one sense, admitting weakness by saying you hurt [...]

What’s my plan?

What am I doing and what do I want to do? Do I want to learn about fixed-income securities? Do I want to travel around the world and write articles for a magazine and get paid? Yes. Thatís what Iíd like to do. How am I to do that? Whatís my game plan? I can [...]

Observation #3: Changes at work

What the environmentalist in me wants to change at work: 1. Recycling of office paper 2. Reusing of plastic utensils 3. Replacement of paper cups with reusable plastic ones 4. Decrease in food that gets ordered for dinner and doesnít get eaten/gets thrown out

Observation #2: The daily grind

Here’s what I’ve gathered: People get up in the morning to go their extremely boring jobs (data-mining for the government, answering tech support calls for Dell or HP, processing credit card applications for MBNA, teaching a class of disrespectful 6th graders about the Civil War, etc.). To compensate for this daily depression, people have relationships [...]

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