Grit
Jun22

Grit

There is no knowing what is in a man’s heart. — from True Grit, by Charles Portis My brother once told me about an obstacle course he had to complete as part of his Marine training. Of course, this wasn’t your happy-go-lucky, rubber balloon slide kind of course. It wasn’t even your Tough Mudder “I want to prove how hardy I am” kind of course. This was your “holy crap! holy crap! I’m such an idiot for doing this”...

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Power and Empathy
Dec02

Power and Empathy

Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases. – John Adams These last few weeks we’ve been exploring the psychological construct of power and how it affects our thoughts and behaviors. And today’s concluding post on the topic couldn’t have had a better, real life corollary: The power went out in my house last night. Around 11:30pm, my roommate...

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Power and Confidence
Nov25

Power and Confidence

For the powerful, crimes are those that others commit. — Noam Chomsky Every year around this time, the President of the United States is granted more power than he has at any other point in the year. That is, he gets to decide whether he will grant clemency for the Thanksgiving turkey. Now granted, every president since JFK (where the tradition technically originated) has pardoned the turkey; however, this did serve as a smooth...

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Power and Action
Nov18

Power and Action

Not necessity, not desire — no, the love of power is the demon of men. Let them have everything — health, food, a place to live, entertainment — they are and remain unhappy and low-spirited: for the demon waits and waits and will be satisfied. – Friedrich Nietzsche Whether you want to admit it, the powerful often get what they want. Regardless of others’ opinions or wishes, those who have power have their desires....

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POWER
Nov11

POWER

Kings are more powerful than gods, for one needn’t believe in them to fear their judgment. – Malachi, The Collectors It feels good to have power and feel powerful. I mean, that’s why I’ve always liked being the eldest sibling. That’s why I like doing pushups. That’s why I prefer playing basketball against overly shy 5th graders. All right, maybe being powerful isn’t the only reason I like doing those things (except for playing with...

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