How We Prefer to Act Rather Than Think

© Flickr/Matthias Ripp There’s a fundamental distinction to be made between two kinds of thinking: figuring out what we would like to achieve and working out how to achieve it. Or, put another way, there’s a key difference between strategy on the one hand and execution on the other. Strategy is about determining our overall aims, and execution comprises everything that follows once we’ve decided: the practical activities required to put our plans into action. It’s natural to assume that we would all instinctively spend a lot of time on strategy before we ever turned our attention to execution – given that, however successful … Continue reading How We Prefer to Act Rather Than Think

Exploring What Is

Photo by Chris Roe | Buddhism advises us to accept everything in our experience, pleasant and unpleasant, as our own. One practitioner on using the Buddha’s first teachings as a lodestar during the frightening uncertainty of aging. By Douglas Penick I It becomes clear, as we move into old age, that the world is moving away from us. It is no longer possible for us to leap into the world, as children do, and try to seize it. It is no longer for us to work at forming ourselves, to find how to join the world, to embrace it. This … Continue reading Exploring What Is


by Gary Z McGee, Contributor Waking Times “If you wish to keep slaves, you must have all kinds of guards. The cheapest way to have guards is to have the slaves pay taxes to finance their own guards. To fool the slaves, you tell them that they are not slaves and that they have Freedom. You tell them they need Law and Order to protect them against bad slaves. Then you tell them to elect a Government. Give them Freedom to vote and they will vote for their own guards and pay their salary. They will then believe they are Free persons. … Continue reading THE BEST WAY TO MANAGE SLAVES (AND HOW TO AVOID BECOMING ONE)