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Expert Advice versus Common Sense

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


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)


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)

Hagley Park

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)


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)


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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More on Individualism

Posted on February 4, 2015 by Robert Ringer Comments (37)


My most recent article about Ayn Rand and the philosophy of individualism raised a lot of questions from readers who took issue with the moral aspect of individualism. Many of them protested that individualism is a “selfish” philosophy that leaves no room for compassion. In order to properly address such a point of view, let’s […]

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Intervening in the Law Of Averages

Posted on January 29, 2015 by Robert Ringer Comments (14)


When I was about twenty years old, I excelled at two things: naiveté and gullibility. It never occurred to me that making money had anything to do with creating value in the marketplace, so it was quite natural for me to gravitate toward gambling. I loved horse racing, and went through a period where I […]

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Guarding Against Negativism

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Robert Ringer Comments (19)


A friend recently told me that he never worries about negative input from others because he has such a positive outlook on life that he doesn’t believe negative talk has any effect on him. Maybe so, but in my view it’s still a good idea to avoid negative people, particularly those who are critical of […]

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The Delusion of Immortality

Posted on January 20, 2015 by Robert Ringer Comments (19)


The facts notwithstanding, I believe that a majority of people unthinkingly delude themselves about their mortality — meaning that they act as though they believe they are immortal. Of course, they don’t consciously admit it, at least not to others. I’ve known more than one person who acted as though he believed he will be […]

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Principle versus Popularity

Posted on January 17, 2015 by Robert Ringer Comments (21)


Today is Muhammad Ali’s seventy-third birthday, and it’s yet another reminder that it’s more important to be loyal to your principles than to be popular. Truth and popularity, in fact, are all too often at odds with one another. In comparing his own life to that of Socrates in his book The Consolations of Philosophy, […]

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