Carrying a Filofax, with all the inserts that came standard with it, made me feel substantial, cliquish and secretive. British. Like a person who keeps close at hand many bankers’ private lines and Mandarin phrases and measurements for handmade shoes. The apparatus of the Filofax circumscribed and elevated my identity.
A beautifully written ode to what I consider a lost and highly personal art. The datebook remains, in effect, a journal in reverse. Where as a journal is a catalogue of events past, a datebook is a diary of a future yet to come. Perhaps even more interesting is that it is one that is in flux, sometimes changing. Yet, with the passage of time, it in effect becomes that thing which it starts out in opposition to, a record of where you have been, with whom, and the days you celebrated a bit more than the rest.
But I’d also like to point out that large financial centers in certain cities around the planet are certainly going to kill millions of us by destroying our social safety networks in the name of their imaginary financial efficiency. You’re a thousand times more likely to die because of what some urban banker did in 2008 than from what some Afghan-based terrorist did in 2001. *Financiers live in small, panicky urban cloisters, severely detached from the rest of mankind. They are living today in rich-guy ghetto cults. They are truly dangerous to our well-being, and they are getting worse and more extremist, not better and more reasonable. You’re not gonna realize this havoc till you see your elderly Mom coughing in an emergency ward, but she’s going there for a reason.
Fascinating interview with one of our generation’s great thinkers.
My luck was accentuated by my living in a market system that sometimes produces distorted results, though overall it serves our country well. I’ve worked in an economy that rewards someone who saves the lives of others on a battlefield with a medal, rewards a great teacher with thank-you notes from parents, but rewards those who can detect the mispricing of securities with sums reaching into the billions. In short, fate’s distribution of long straws is wildly capricious.
Wherein, Warren outlines, in just under a page and a half, why he is giving 99% of his wealth away before he dies. A great American but, more importantly, a decent and humble human.
The link above is to a PDF and, you should click it, download it, read it, and then ask yourself one simple question – What have you done today to make just one person’s life better?
Not enough? Thought so. Me neither. Let’s change that.
Religion will always be a case study in hypocrisy. This is because the ideal of religion is harmony but the practice of debating theology is dissonance. Thus religion is intrinsically orientated around conflict/debate because it isinherently subjective.
In my dream world, James lives right down the street and neither of us have anything better to do then hanging out in each others back yards, sipping teas, and discussing stuff just like this.
Don’t get to talk about it much, cuz it’s not a very manly thing to do, but I am a big fan of dresses. Not that I wear ‘em; I don’t. But I’m glad the ladies wear ’em, cuz it’s always nice to see some ankles. Looks like summer to me. And dresses make every gust of wind just a little more exciting for us guys. Thanks ladies for wearing dresses!
Gosh, I love Chank. Was a big fan for years but now am very proud to call him a friend.
Here’s the thing. I need to trust what gets me up, what gets me inspired, what gets me where I’m going, the spaces only I know about, and what others tell me, what I eat, and what others serve me, what I make, and what I make with others every day.
Fantastic. That said, I started to think about my list of what I trust and realize how truly difficult it is. There is not much I trust in this life. Perhaps it is because I have been let down and forsaken way too many times. Not sure what that says about me or if that is normal. All I know is that I need to change it because it is no way to live.