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The Two Grenadiers – Heinrich Heine

To France were traveling two grenadiers, From prison in Russia returning, And when they came to the German frontiers, They hung down their heads in mourning.   There came the heart-breaking news to their ears That France was by fortune forsaken; Scattered and slain were her brave grenadiers, And Napoleon, Napoleon was taken.   Then… Continue reading The Two Grenadiers – Heinrich Heine

Choices · Consciousness · Existence · Freedom · Life

The Road Not Taken – Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy… Continue reading The Road Not Taken – Robert Frost

Circle Square Pattern · Structure · The Game · The Hidden Game Revealed · Thoughts

False Exits from the Matrix – Part 2

The two main exits from the matrix are the New Age and Conspiracy Theory. The pathological optimist is drawn to the former, the pessimist to the latter. Both of them a perfect, off the shelf worldview that is not falsifiable. This is the signature of the con. Scratch the surface and it immediately reveals the… Continue reading False Exits from the Matrix – Part 2

Circle Square Pattern · Structure · The Game · The Hidden Game Revealed · Thoughts

False Exits from the Matrix – Part 1

Back in elementary school from time to time we would have these reading comprehension tests based on a passage from various periodicals like Reader’s Digest. Of all these texts, one in particular made such a strong impression on me that it remains etched on my mind to this day. It is about P.T. Barnum, the… Continue reading False Exits from the Matrix – Part 1

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No Follow-up

Over the last several months I’ve encountered such a multitude of false starts it makes my head spin. Inspired conversations with kindred spirits immediately followed by… nothing. A complete vacuum! The person either disappears or reappears months later offering no explanation for their absence. Be it seeking collaborators to promote my consulting model, or romantic… Continue reading No Follow-up

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Trump and Clinton – Between a Rock and a Hard Place

If we saw someone jumping out of the building from the 10th floor we would assume that they are either psychotic or suicidal. However, if we roll back the film to the point where they are still in the room and we discover that the building is burning, the flames are drawing closer and they… Continue reading Trump and Clinton – Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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On Commitment

” Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help… Continue reading On Commitment

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Betrayal – From Both Sides

Betrayal is the steady refrain in the Game. Be it grand betrayal – treachery, informing, theft. Or petty betrayal – not standing up, not doing the right thing, little white lies that we tell ourselves and others. Betrayal is endemic in our lives. There are two sides to each betrayal-one who was betrayed, and the… Continue reading Betrayal – From Both Sides

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The Probability Fallacy

Day to day experience leads us to conclude that the world is made up of causal chains. Within this world the law of probability is the despot? The Players always play the odds. Their thinking, their strategies, their tactics, their every move reflects their belief in the omnipotence of probability. The Trooper too, in their… Continue reading The Probability Fallacy

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Terror – The Cornerstone of Civilization

When we watch films of Isis in the Califfate we’re stupified and aghast that the brutality and use of terror. We use modifiers like criminal, barbaric, medieval, inhuman. In the desert straddling the borders of two artificially created states we are witnessing the birth, or attempted birth of the new state. We go back to… Continue reading Terror – The Cornerstone of Civilization