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Hedonism and legalism are friends

I grew up in Italy, 2 hours from the heart of Catholicism. It was known for two things: hedonism and legalism. For example, Carnevale kicks off right before Lent, as people will have the last chance at unbridled fun, avoiding rules, and doing as they please. Much of the origins of Carnevale have to do […]

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It’s the hypocrisy, stupid

“UK’s Boris Johnson in leadership crisis, accused of lying about ‘industrial scale partying’ during Covid lockdowns,” reads the CNBC headline, one of many articles describing how politicians or “leaders” didn’t seem to follow the rules they expected regular citizens to follow. United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused of partying in government buildings, including […]

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Deuteronomy and the kitchen table

I recently finished reading Bret Baier’s book, “Three Days in Moscow.” There’s a section in the book that talks about President Ronald Reagan’s Farewell Address, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this past Friday. I pulled up the transcript of that farewell address, and I am amazed at the way Reagan weaved together poetry, grace, and […]

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Embrace the monotony

Often in work or in life in general we focus solely on the outputs: the final sale, the delivery of the product, the award, the close of a sale, the bonus, or whatever the reward is of finishing the job. One of the challenges with focusing solely on the outputs is that we aren’t sure […]

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America is not as polarized as you think

It’s certainly true that America is becoming more polarized politically, and that the percentage of true independent and undecided voters is declining. Elections tend to be relatively closer in recent years. For example, in 2020 Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump by 4.5% of the popular vote, unlike Lyndon Johnson’s nearly 23% trouncing of Barry Goldwater […]