Category Archives: philosophy

On The Affairs of People: Responding to Jeff Bezos

Yesterday Jeff Bezos made an unusual request on Twitter. Now, Jeff is a man to whom I am and will always remain infinitely grateful. He has made my life easier. Amazon has been for me perhaps the most important innovation … Continue reading

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If You Don’t Read Books…

Is the current bloodshed in Syria the final battle of the First World War; or the first battle of the Third? And related to that, why is the House of Saud the center of the Arab world, and not the … Continue reading

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Castles, Civilizations and the Know-Nothings

Why do we hold the ancients so tightly in our imaginations? Civilization, I suppose. Because they are not built all at once: the brilliant dream of a tyrant, the epic ambitions of an emperor king. Plans of individual men – … Continue reading

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The Turtle – An Ancient Arab Parable

There was once a happy turtle who lived in a small lake with two geese. They were the greatest of friends, frolicking together and fishing together the deepness. But time was not a friend to the small pond, and the … Continue reading

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Ayn Rand and Hate

“I hate that book. I hate her. I wrote a thesis paper in school about her hatred for people and the human race.” If that’s how you feel, you might have clicked on this link by mistake. No matter – … Continue reading

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The Rolling Road of Wonder

Do you ever feel just a little bit dirty after scrolling down your Facebook feed, or through the articles of your favorite news aggregator, reading the headlines from rags like Huffpo or the NY Times (yes the Grey Lady has … Continue reading

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History is Rhyming

“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it sometimes rhymes.” So the saying goes in an essay I read a short time ago. The article is about the rise of nation states, the separation of church from the state and the placing … Continue reading

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