If there’s one thing the chattering classes can’t stand about Nassim Nicholas Taleb, one thing they’ll never forgive him for, it’s this: he’s written a book of aphorisms in the 21st century with an Athenian shopkeeper in mind.
Searching for a problem-free paradise may be the single most effective way to guarantee yourself a miserable life. ––– “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.”—Genesis 3:1 (King James Version) You’ve all heard the old adage: the grass is always greener on the other […]
If you think you can separate the wheat from the chaff with IQ tests and snazzy credentials, prepare to be sorely disappointed: because smart people with MAs and PhDs are often blinded by bias. ––– “The intellectual life has a certain spontaneous character and inner determination. It has also a peculiar poise of its own, […]
The spicy pleasures of Stoicism are a lot like the pleasures people derive from skydiving and bungee-jumping. We’re dealing, here, with the thrill of the near-death experience. ––– We’re very good at being philosophical about other people’s losses. For instance, we find it easy to calmly remark “Well, you know, these things happen” when we learn that our […]
Editor’s Note: Recently, Good Men Project Executive Editor Thomas Fiffer posted the following quote on Facebook: We can’t really save time, the way we save money or a natural resource by not using it. There is no time bank or strategic reserve. We can only decide to stop squandering time and use what we have […]