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Crusades: Some Afterthoughts

Posted on April 7, 2015 by Robert Ringer Comments (22)

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Perhaps the most critical element that professional cause advocates fail to factor into their crusade equations is technological advance. Not only does technology continually render perceived crises irrelevant, it also continues to raise the living standards of potential cause joiners. In our modern age of prosperity, nothing annoys crusade leaders more than the realization that […]

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On the Efficacy of Joining Crusades

Posted on March 31, 2015 by Robert Ringer Comments (29)

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With the presidential campaigns starting to heat up, bogus crusades like the war on women, income inequality, and “institutionalized” racism are heating up right along with them. Yep, balderdash as they may be, phony crusades are back in vogue with millions of folks who are naïve, uninformed, or just plain dishonest. If everyone who had […]

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Saying Goodbye to Drain People

Posted on March 28, 2015 by Robert Ringer Comments (35)

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In my book Million Dollar Habits I wrote at length about the dangers posed by Drain People, those who drain others of time, energy, peace of mind, and, all too often, money. Unfortunately, there are no statutes on the books outlawing the actions of Drain People. The only foolproof defense against them is to keep […]

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Letting Go of Guilt

Posted on March 21, 2015 by Robert Ringer Comments (62)

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Longtime readers know that I have often referred to the current decadent state of Western civilization as the Age of Envy. On reflection, however, I believe it would be more appropriate to refer to it as the Age of Guilt and Envy, because guilt and envy go hand in hand; i.e., one person’s envy leads […]

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Let People Scratch their Heads in Awe

Posted on March 12, 2015 by Robert Ringer Comments (17)

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It’s always a good idea to exercise discretion when it comes to private matters, choosing both your words and actions carefully. What makes discretion so important is a little reality of life called human nature. To the extent we ignore this reality, we invite bad consequences into our lives. Perhaps the number-one rule of human […]

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Expert Advice versus Common Sense

Posted on March 4, 2015 by Robert Ringer Comments (21)

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Even though we’re living in an era where perhaps more college dropouts than at any other time in history are becoming obscenely wealthy, there are still those establishment folks — on both the political right and left — who ferociously cling to the old caste system whereby experts are accorded a cushy position at the […]

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Freedom from the Past

Posted on February 27, 2015 by Robert Ringer Comments (22)

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Who among us does not have unpleasant experiences in his past? Being bullied in school, getting cut from an athletic team, losing a sweetheart to a rival, the premature death of a loved one, failing a licensing exam, or suffering through an ugly divorce are the kinds of painful experiences that stay with most people […]

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A Dark Day for New Zealand

Posted on February 21, 2015 by Robert Ringer Comments (14)

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Today, February 22 in New Zealand (February 21 in the United States), is a day of reflection for my family. On this date in 2011, Christchurch, New Zealand was hit by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that destroyed dozens of major buildings, including a number of treasured landmarks. The reason the effects of the quake were […]

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American Sniper — My Take

Posted on February 13, 2015 by Robert Ringer Comments (55)

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I finally got around to seeing American Sniper last weekend, and it certainly gave me a lot to think about. First and foremost, it was a grim reminder that since the beginning of recorded history, the most significant and consistent phenomenon about mankind is his penchant for war. The greatest loss of life in America […]

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The Thought-Reality Connection

Posted on February 11, 2015 by Robert Ringer Comments (26)

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Motivational speakers and authors have long insisted that it’s possible to exert a great deal of control over your destiny by maintaining a positive mental attitude. Even though problems are an integral part of life, they believe that the key to success is how you react to those problems. So, are they right? Or is […]

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