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Friday, August 15, 2014

Reasons to be cheerful - Matt Ridley

Warning: vaguely political post:

Global warming. Ebola. Poverty. War in Gaza, Iraq & the Ukraine. Just for once ignore the doom & gloomers and get some perspective on how the world is getting better at a phenomenal pace -  read this article by the brilliant Matt Ridley, and if you're ready for more, pick up his book "The Rational Optimist."

http://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/reasons-to-be-cheerful-(1).aspx

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

17 Reasons to be cheerful



Tim Gallagher shared with you:
A great (and short) read from one if my favorite authors, the Rational Optimist (and UK Lord) Matt Ridley. Contrast Ridley's points with the pervasive doom n' gloomers peddling global warming panic, food shortages, and increased regulation.
 
17 Reasons to be cheerful
rationaloptimist.com

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Worth repeating & amplifying

The link below is a good read, but mostly for this graphic that makes a good point on focusing on what you can control and ignoring or minimizing what you can't. It's in-line with the serenity prayer ("God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference,") which I find to be really useful guidance.

With my new friends on the Great Wall of China

With my new friends on the Great Wall of China
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Uncommon Man's Creed

"I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon -- if I can. I seek opportunity -- not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I wish to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole, I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence, nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master, nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud, and unafraid, to think and act for myself, to enjoy the benefit of my creations, and to face the world boldly and say, "this I have done." All this is what it means to be an American." -- Anonymous