The world around us

Illusory Attention


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Demanding attention appears to be a strong drive for human beings. We need attention and we need to feel we are the subjects of interest, at least now and then. This drive manifests itself early in life, when attracting attention…

What makes money worth anything?


In order to understand the meaning and worth of money, or the economic crisis we are facing, one does not have to be an economist, but a philosopher. Thinking about and researching the worth of money, lead me to reading an excerpt from Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. More specifically, it was Francisco d’Anconia’s money speech that really struck me with the power of its message, the depth of its analysis and the simplicity of its ideas.

Modern Consumerism


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“The only reason a great many American families don’t own an elephant is that they have never been offered an elephant for a dollar down and easy weekly payments.” ~Mad Magazine Mocking the reality of modern American society, Mad Magazine…