Unconventional Thinking

October, 2008

Sitting On A Sofa Watching The Depression

Thursday, October 30th, 2008 by Mark

Oliver Wendell Holmes made the astute observation that “History is one damned thing after another.” War, tsunamis, recessions, assasinations, plagues, insurgencies……and on and on.
Right now, we are watching in disbelief as the world’s financial system collapses as if it were a high school science project gone awry. All of the former geniuses, the one-time Masters [...]

A Flag On The Moon

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008 by Mark

On these luminous full-moon autumn nights, I look up at the lunar surface and I am happy to know that an American flag is planted there.
Sometimes I wonder why this gives me a sense of pride. It is 240,000 miles away, no one sees it, no one salutes it. It is as if it isn’t [...]

The Child In Us All, Isn’t A Child Anymore

Thursday, October 16th, 2008 by Mark

I remember the most disappointing day of my life.
It had nothing to do with SAT scores or job rejections or romances that went up in smoke.
It was the day I had a head-on collision with the fact that there is no such thing as Santa Claus. I was a Santa Freak. I waited for him [...]

Living In The Fairy Tale Of Right And Wrong

Thursday, October 9th, 2008 by Mark

In all of our lives, there is a silent force at work. Every day, in almost every way, it distorts the truth and oddly, gives us pleasure in the process.
That force is the need to assign blame to others. To insist that they caused this or that, made us look bad, held us back, interfered [...]

Why I Despise Conventional Wisdom

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 by Mark

1. It says one should lead a balanced life. Who defines that balance? And what the hell does it mean?
2. It is not wisdom. It is just convention. And convention often boils down to doing things the way they have always been done simply because they are done that way.
3. It is a set of [...]

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