#Idea – Jesus / 08.03.19

Something for Christians to consider: 

In the entire account of Jesus’ earthly life
The only thing that really got him angry
Was the financial industry.

I refer, of course, to the ‘cleansing of the temple’.

Consider this
And contrast it to
The popularity of ‘prosperity theology’ today.
Or
How much that modern ‘financialised’ Christian countries
Depend upon commerce and capital.

Assuming that
We didn’t kill or commit him beforehand
What would he make of all this,
Were he to come back today?

#Idea – Work / 16.11.18

If your work provides no meaning, or joy to you
You are wasting your life at it.

Or at least
You are wasting the part of your life
That you spend working.

“If one wanted to crush and destroy a man entirely, to mete out to him the most terrible punishment, all one would have to do would be to make him do work that was completely and utterly devoid of usefulness and meaning.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

 

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#Idea – On ‘Taking’ the Offence That People Offer You / 14.10.18

If you take offence where none was intended
You have chosen to take something that is offered to you.

That is entirely your choice,
Your problem
And no one else’s.

Unless,
Having taken offence
You go so far as to make this someone else’s problem.

This is how we conjure new problems out of thin air.

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#ThoughtExperiment – The Victorian Working Class Fucking For The Sake Of Their Future Descendants / 18.08.18

This is about hope.

Do you think that our ancestors,
During the grimmest times in history
Ever considered that they just had to survive
And fuck?

So that one day
Their distant descendants could enjoy living in a world of opportunity,
Free from all the drudgery and misery that typified their daily lives?

Many parents tend to think about building a better world for their children.
Maybe this, in a roundabout, drawn-out way,
Is how we got from living in caves
To having more than enough.

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#idea – 80% of business books that will be released in 2018 / 15.08.18

Take a point that can be made in 1-2 pages
Fluff it up to 200 pages
Fill it liberally with platitudes and anecdotal stories
(…the majority of which the reader has already read in similar books).

Optional: if you’re a coach or service provider, lots of thinly disguised sales patter about what you do.

And then the final touch:
A flat colour heavy cover and a £14.99/$19.99 price tag.
= Profit

With thanks to Aubrey Marcus.

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#Idea – What you can learn about society from famous people / 26.06.18

You can tell a lot about a society’s priorities by who it makes famous.

How?
Think of fame simply as a way to observe the personal interests of a large group of people within that society.
A way to gauge what people care about.

Knowing this,
It may be worth considering
What kind of people has your society (….or our society) made famous?
What (…and who) do people care about?
What does it say about the place and times you live in?

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#Idea – Nothing Can Save Humanity From Itself / 07.05.18

If we think of our current planetary situation
From a systems point of view
Economics (…like many other things)
Can be seen as a subsystem of Ecology.

And from a systems point of view
If the parent system fails (i.e. the planet),
It takes the subsystems with it.

After all, how do you propose for everybody to get rich in a world increasingly uninhabitable by humans?
Are you seriously talking about taking all of this illusory money we have made and using it to flee the planet?
Or to dig tunnels deep underground, safe from the acid rain, extremes of temperature or toxic air?
Surely not.

No, ecology on this scale is not about ‘being a tree hugger’ – it’s about fucking self preservation.

black and white tree photo
No mistake, the earth can and will go on just fine, likely for a few billion more years. It’s us who might not.

The basic premise, which is either being denied or forgotten – is that we need a planet that is actually habitable to carry out all of these important economic activities.

And perhaps,
The policymakers will start to change their tune
When they can see the flood waters from the windows of their tall buildings.

But by then it will be too late.
Perhaps.

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