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To Truly Hear, Find Silence

Posted in Parable, Religious, Silence, Spiritual

“Can you tell me the answer to life’s many mysteries,” asked the child. The traveler laughed and said, “No.” “Why not?” “Oh, I could give you answers but you wouldn’t hear them.” “What then do I need to do to improve my listening skills?” “Silence.” “Silence?” “Yes. The answers are within each of us. The…


A Plant Whose Virtue Has Yet to Be Discovered

Posted in Enlightenment, Lessons Unlearned, One minute unlearning, Parable, Religious, Spiritual, Wisdom

One day a child came upon the traveler sitting in a field. He was studying a weed. "Why are you staring at that ugly weed when so many other beautiful flowers are nearby?" Without looking up, the traveler replied, "Everything has virtue. The real challenge is to find it where it isn't immediately obvious." Other…


The Final Straw

Posted in Catholic Church, Religious, Spiritual

Two years before his death, St. Thomas the Aquinas, the Catholic Church's greatest theologian and philosopher went silent. He just stopped speaking. Why? No one is entirely sure why but the last thing he wrote is this: All that I have hitherto written seems to me nothing but straw. As a writer I understand this…


If It Goes Without Saying … Question it.

Posted in Assumptions, Business, Culture, Example, Happiness, Listen, Love, Parenting, Questions, Quiz, Religious, Unlearn Strategy, Wisdom

It is a curious phrase: It goes without saying. If it really "goes without saying," should you need to say "it goes without saying"? On a deeper level, though, I do believe it is worth exploring those things which truly "go without saying" in our relationships, in our workplace, and in our life. For example:…


Unlearning Bubbles

Posted in Investing, Quotes, Real Estate, Religion, Religious, Retail, Robotics, Sales, Science, Software, Sports, Stories, Telecommunications, Television, Terrorism, Transportation, Travel, Utility, Virtual reality, Web 2.0, Web/Tech, Weblogs, Wind Power, Wireless, Zenzizenzizenzic

The Internet, the real estate market, fuel cell technology, nanotechnology and, now, "clean tech" have all experienced an investing "bubble." In retrospect, it is easy to point to signs that the market was inflating to dangerous levels. It is even easier to suggest that such bubbles are a bad thing — precisely because so many…


Unlearning Death

Posted in Aging, Analogy, Black Swans, Catholic Church, General, Health Care, History, Jump the Curve, Religious, Stories

In 1899, just a few years before the Wright brothers achieved their historic accomplishment, Lord Kelvin — then one of the world’s brightest men and most accomplished scientists — declared heavier than air machines to be "impossible." He was wrong. To add insult to injury, Lord Kelvin was proved wrong by a pair of bicycle…


It’s Never Too Late to Unlearn

Posted in Catholic Church, Culture, General, Religious

In the spring of 2007 the Vatican announced that babies who died before they were baptized were no longer relegated to a life in limbo — a rather mysterious land believed to reside just outside of heaven where unbaptized babies lived in perpetual happiness but were not in direct communion with God. Regardless of one’s…


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