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The Passage of Time

I read this year (in which book, I do not recall) that we should compare ourselves not with who others are today, but with whom we were yesterday. That’s good advice. The message:  what’s important is not so much where we are, but that we are improving. But even by this measure, two dates cause […]

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Masks

The term in vogue today is “lifestyle design”, especially in online media. A few years ago, it was “personal development.” Even today, books are being released under this category. Books, after all, for better or for worse (but fundamentally for better) move more slowly than the internet. Before that, it was “self-help.” But it ceased […]

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Cracks – 2 – The Inspector

Inspector Virgil was not having a pleasant evening. Having to finish dinner in a hurry to investigate a murder was not an unusual thing, but it wasn’t something that improved with familiarity, either. And the inspector realized that this was going to be one of the worst as soon as he entered the house, because […]

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Cracks – 1 – Alison’s Awakening

It’s 10 AM. The Rolling Stones begin to play. After forty-five seconds, a hand sends the prescription tablets flying from the nightstand to the floor, before finally finding the snooze button on the alarm clock, cutting short its rendition of “Paint it, Black”. Alison stretches out on the bed, naked under the sheets. The little […]

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What is the value of a moment?

What is useful is a subjective concept. It is possible to justify almost everything as useful in some manner. There are actions that are useful because they create value. For us, or for others. They result in tangible work. There are actions that don’t result in anything tangible. I once read about a man who […]