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Rational vs. Irrational Faith

Posted on October 23, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (30)

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In Erich Fromm’s 1956 classic The Art of Loving, he provides some unique insights into the subject of faith that have given me a lot to think about. Fromm did not believe faith is in opposition to reason or rational thinking. On the contrary, he simply made a distinction between rational faith and irrational faith. […]

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The Pursuit of Joy

Posted on October 21, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (20)

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By dictionary definition, joy is “an emotion of great happiness.” I would be tempted to refer to it as ultimate happiness, but there is no accurate way to quantify either happiness or joy. The truth is that none of us can ever be certain of what constitutes ultimate happiness. Whatever it is, joy seems to […]

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The Rocky Balboa of New Zealand

Posted on October 16, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (16)

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A friend of mine just returned from a trip Down Under, and I was saddened to hear him tell me that the visible destruction in Christchurch, New Zealand, my one-time home, is still enormous. Christchurch suffered a 6.3 magnitude earthquake in 2011 that killed one hundred eighty-five people and destroyed scores of buildings. This got […]

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With or Without You, Life Goes On

Posted on October 14, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (16)

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I never cease to be amazed by the uncertainties of life. Americans have been cruising along for years, enjoying the nonexistent economic recovery, rooting for their favorite thug teams, and piling evermore vacations, cars, and all kinds of frivolous and discretionary goodies onto their credit card balances. But times they are a-changin’ — beheadings in […]

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The Circle of Life

Posted on October 9, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (26)

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Throughout much of my life, I paid little attention to the miracles that surrounded me. I was too busy thinking about business and money … too busy being annoyed by annoying people … too busy being too busy. I had no time to think about the realworld — the one that actually matters. Nature and […]

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Relativity and Perspective

Posted on October 7, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (40)

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Some years ago, while on a nationwide seminar tour, I happened to be staying overnight in Houston. After a particularly tiring, stressful day, I made an appointment for a massage at the health spa in the hotel where I was staying. By the time my appointment rolled around, I was in a pretty gruff mood […]

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The High-Speed/Low-Cost Catalyst

Posted on October 2, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (27)

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In the Preface to Stephen M.R. Covey’s book The Speed of Trust, his father, Stephen R. Covey (of Seven Habits fame), stated: “My interactions with business leaders around the world have made it increasingly evident that ‘speed to market’ is now the ultimate competitive weapon.” Just think about that for a moment — the ultimate […]

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Whom to Believe?

Posted on September 30, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (19)

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It’s amazing how often we automatically assume that someone’s words represent set-in-stone fact. Nothing amazes me more than when someone says, “I know that for a fact,” then, when pressed for his source of information, says that Freddie Fibber told him so. Of course, just because someone tells you something that turns out to be […]

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Controlling the Restless Mind

Posted on September 25, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (24)

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Few disciplines are more difficult for modern man than silencing his noise machine. It’s a machine that continuously floods the mind with thoughts of guilt, anger, the latest injustices one has suffered, and endless trivia. It randomly engages in self-debate and frivolous chatter, blocking out all attempts to bring forth a meaningful thought. Many people […]

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The Impossible Dream

Posted on September 23, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (24)

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A reader recently sent me an e-mail in which he lamented about his “impossible situation.” I guess it’s all in the eyes of the beholder, because to me it appeared that his was an impossible situation with a lot of possibilities. So what, exactly, is an “impossible situation?” More specifically, what does “impossible” really mean? […]

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