Old Stone Walls In The Woods…

If you’ve ever gone walking through the woods in New England, you probably have encountered some old stone walls that seem to be in the middle of nowhere. These man-made structures seem to have no purpose… And yet there they are. So, what are they doing there? It’s a great question. Back in the early 1800s stone walls were erected throughout New England primarily to keep animals from wandering off… Primarily sheep. According to an article by Ruth Smith, for the Concord Monitor: The majority of New England’s stone walls…

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Naval Gazing

naval gazing

Naval gazing, is related to, but should not be confused with, “navel gazing”… The most current definition of naval gazing is the unproductive habit of listening to the Jocko Podcast, or other self-help podcast, and then actually doing nothing to “get on the path”. More broadly, the term can refer to the unproductive behavior of a self-help junkie. Naval gazing may actually be a symptom of pathological navel gazing. Naval Gazing vs. Navel Gazing Navel gazing is a commonly used term to refer to someone involved in self-absorbed, unproductive behaviors. However…

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The Paradox of Freedom

The Paradox of Freedom

If we assume that freedom is always a good thing, then it seems we should experience happiness in proportion to the amount of freedom that we have… But does greater freedom lead to greater happiness? Apparently not… This fact is the paradox of freedom. The paradox of freedom is that too much freedom ultimately leads to slavery… Both in society and in ourselves. Karl Popper writes about the paradox of freedom in his book “The Open Society and Its Enemies: Volume 1”: The so-called paradox of freedom is the well-known idea that…

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Cemetery Arbitrage

cemetery arbitrage

While it seems counterintuitive, homes located near cemeteries sell for around 11% more than homes further away from cemeteries… Redfin did some research on home sales in five different locations across the U.S. and discovered that homes near the dead sell for $162 per square foot vs. $145 per square foot further away. This is a surprising stat. It suggests that if you can find a fixer-upper near a cemetery, buy it for a bargain and fix it up, you might be able to make more money than you would…

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The Upside of The Bottom

Maybe the most common approach to drug and alcohol addiction (of keeping addicts away from the bottom with treatment, interventions, etc.) is all wrong. Perhaps, instead of imploring our friends and loved ones to stop doing whatever it is they’re doing, we should encourage them to do more. Not only keep drinking… Drink more. Don’t stop doing drugs… Do more drugs. Just hopefully they won’t die… But maybe they will kill themselves. I mean, we all die… It’s inevitable. It seems sick, I know… But the world is kind of…

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