Tag Archives: Motivation

Motivational Speaker Dies

That would be Zig Ziglar. He was 86. __________ This is part of the New York Times obituary: “Our whole philosophy’s built around the concept that you can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough … Continue reading

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Think big thoughts: two images from the 1909 Paris Air Show held at the Grand Palais

Maybe your life’s vision is set too low. Take the Paris Air Show of 1909 for inspiration, and think of how far people with vision, intelligence, ambition, and imagination managed to reach in just the past one hundred years. Can you imagine … Continue reading

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Two lives, no books

This post comes from a brief exchange that I overheard, at a garage sale, yesterday morning. A man and a woman, both looking to be in their forties, paused at the same moment and gazed down into a box of books that was for … Continue reading

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Atheism: More Than Cool Reason?

One of the narratives that atheists like to tell about themselves is this: We are the brave facers of the truth. There is no God, and death is the end of individual existence. We have reached conclusions that are unpleasant to many, but it … Continue reading

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Things Are Looking Up?

President Barack Obama has got to be pleased about this. The New York Times today: “Six months ago, when the president took office, we were talking about whether recession would become depression,” Lawrence H. Summers, the White House’s top economic … Continue reading

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Jeff Locker, Eros, and Thanatos: What Motivated the Stabbed Motivational Speaker?

An old, old story? Forbidden eros once again translates into thanatos (death)? According to the AP, stabbed to death motivational speaker, Jeff Locker, may have been deceiving his wife about his own, er, motivations for being out so late: [Locker] told his wife that … Continue reading

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Louis Mackey on Human Laziness and Fear

The brief excerpt below is from the stylized philosophy documentary, Waking Life. Speaking is the philosopher Louis Mackey. If his voice is familiar, it’s because he was tapped to play the anarchist in the film Slackers :  Mackey: “[W]hat are these … Continue reading

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Walt Whitman: “To be indeed a God!”

O to attract by more than attraction! How it is I know not—yet behold! the something which      obeys none of the rest, It is offensive, never defensive—yet how magnetic it draws.   O to struggle against great odds, to … Continue reading

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“The Devil Is in The Details”: A Poem by Santi Tafarella

The Lord God:   when we are awake and unhurried   we understand that whether a snake   or a river slithers past   both are an instant   The Serpent:   whether a snake is winding   to the … Continue reading

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