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The water hoarder — a capitalist fable

Posted by Philip on 19 June 2014, 11:30 am in , , ,

Once upon a time there was a man. The man liked water — you may even say he loved it.

The man grew up in a family of water lovers. The family didn’t have a lot of water, but they had enough to not be thirsty.

He finished school and went to university. At university, he learnt how to acquire water.

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Thinking about the box, rather than outside it

Posted by Philip on 13 April 2014, 2:01 pm in , , , , , , , , , , ,

box with question marksWe often hear people utter the mantra, “Think outside the box.” It’s become the hold-all for creative thinking, problem solving and even good leadership.

But how often do we often think about the box itself? How often do we consider that, by thinking outside it, we stray away from the box — even ignore it completely — and miss the truth of the matter:

The box is the problem. It’s too big, too small, the wrong shape, the wrong colour.

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Entropy sucks

Posted by Philip on 17 March 2014, 7:18 pm in , , ,

decaying propertyIn the last two days my dishwasher, vacuum cleaner and hose have broken.

There are two explanations:

  1. Planned obsolescence
  2. The second law of thermal dynamics.

"Planned obsolescence or built-in obsolescence in industrial design is a policy of planning or designing a product with a limited useful life, so it will become obsolete, that is, unfashionable or no longer functional after a certain period of time." (Wikipedia)

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It's not just me

Posted by Philip on 5 November 2012, 6:05 pm in , , , ,

In this video, Charles Eisenstein talks about life beyond money...

Visit Charles' website...

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A new way of looking at capitalism

Posted by Philip on 20 October 2012, 11:57 am in , , ,

The Oxford Dictionary defines capitalism as "an economic and political system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state."

Capital is "wealth in the form of money or other assets owned by a person or organization..."

Now consider the meaning of sexism — "prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex" — and racism — "the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races," or "prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior."

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Money doesn't make us noteworthy

Posted by Philip on 17 September 2012, 7:57 am in , , , ,

Last week I was at a forum at which one of the speakers was a successful business person. I can't reveal who it was, as the forum was confidential. This person had a confident manner to the point of arrogance, listing their virtues in no uncertain terms, bragging that they'd made a $500,000 profit from a $1m turnover in their first year of trading.

It wasn't pretty.

They then went on to say that they had begun having a voice in the social policy sphere. They believed that more common sense was needed, that women should think more like men and that entitlement was bringing the country — and society — to its knees.

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