Travel

It’s Fine to Feel Fear

My only (so far) trip to New York City was for a work convention. The convention was two days and before the trip, I had requested an extra two days of vacation time to explore the city.  When I reached the JFK Airport, after an eight hour flight, on five hours of sleep, without having eaten since breakfast, I took…

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Politics

Diversity: Two meanings

This is a loaded word more than most others. I only want to spend a couple cents in it now. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as:  But when people use ‘diversity’ in conversation today, they focus on that Especially in 1. Diversity of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, etc.  That’s nice, but what ever happened to diversity of thoughts and ideas?…

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Politics

Relying on the Experts

Ah, the experts, whoever they are. It’s so nice we have people we don’t know in whom we can trust every aspect of our lives, livelihood, health, religious beliefs, etc. It’s so convenient not having to take responsibility for what we believe or think. Some experts said so, thus it must be true. Case closed, turn off the brain. Don’t…

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Politics

Two Opposing Ideas

There are two quotes that both use this phrase (more or less), one from F. Scott Fitzgerald, and one from George Orwell.  F. Scott Fitzgerald: “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” George Orwell: “[On Doublethink] The power of holding…

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