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America’s Fractured Culture

Posted on February 27, 2018 by Robert Ringer Comments (66)

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Life is a dangerous experience.  It’s dangerous at birth and dangerous every step along the way of our journey to another dimension.  The Parkland, Florida school shooting is yet another reminder of the painful reality that there are some dangers we simply cannot eliminate. Coming to grips with this fact is an insurmountable obstacle for […]

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Cosmic Consciousness

Posted on February 13, 2018 by Robert Ringer Comments (56)

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Each of us discovers his own path to what is commonly referred to as a “higher consciousness” or “heightened state of awareness.”  For me, the path opened up in my early twenties in New York City. It was a very active, very exciting time of my life, filled with high hopes, eternal youth, and unlimited […]

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Long Live Individualism

Posted on February 2, 2018 by Robert Ringer Comments (44)

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I’ve always found it interesting that we celebrate the birthdays of so many scoundrels and charlatans whose actions have brought poverty, misery, and even death to millions of individuals, yet ignore people who have made enormous contributions to mankind. Included in the latter group is the legendary Ayn Rand, a writer/philosopher who was decades ahead […]

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Blissful Incompetence

Posted on January 23, 2018 by Robert Ringer Comments (53)

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As Barack Hussein Obama, the king of arrogance and incompetence, increasingly rears his Marxist tentacles in what will surely turn out to be an embarrassing effort to prop up Dirty Dems seeking reelection in the 2018 midterms, it’s a reminder of how many people I’ve observed over the years who are inexplicably overconfident in spite […]

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The Rebel Within Me

Posted on January 16, 2018 by Robert Ringer Comments (40)

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From time to time over the years, there’s a part of me that has been sympathetic to the rabble-rousers who protest against the established order.  I was again reminded of this when I happened to switch on the History channel during a program about the hippie movement of the Sixties. Generally speaking, I am quite […]

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Serial Hypocrisy

Posted on January 11, 2018 by Robert Ringer Comments (29)

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The dictionary defines hypocrisy as “a pretense of having virtuous character, moral beliefs, or ethical principles that one does not really possess.”  Perhaps an even better definition of hypocrisy came from 17th century French author François de La Rochefoucauld, who said:  “Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue.” Whether it’s the film and […]

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Spasms of a Dying Party

Posted on January 3, 2018 by Robert Ringer Comments (32)

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Jeff Flake, the whiney liberal Republican from Arizona, outdid himself when he recently lamented, “When you look at some of the audiences cheering for Republicans, sometimes you look out there and you say, ‘Those are the spasms of a dying party.’” Flake went on to say, “By and large, we’re appealing to older white men, […]

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The Impossible Dream

Posted on December 19, 2017 by Robert Ringer Comments (28)

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A friend of mine was recently lamenting about his “impossible situation.”  I guess it’s all in the eyes of the beholder, because after listening to his detailed explanation of the facts, it appeared that his was an impossible situation with a lot of possibilities. Our discussion got me thinking about what, exactly, defines an “impossible […]

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Charades

Posted on December 13, 2017 by Robert Ringer Comments (33)

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Watching the lies coming out of Washington — “tax reform,” “Russian collusion,” “sexual harassment,” to name but a few — reminds me of one of my favorite movies, Charade.  There’s a profound line in that classic that explains perfectly why lying is a way of life for politicians.  When Regina Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) asks Peter […]

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The Human Machine

Posted on December 5, 2017 by Robert Ringer Comments (32)

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It’s a simple but important truth that abstract concepts such as universal principles, human nature, and philosophical insights are constants.  From Plato to Will Durant … from Epictetus to the Dalai Lama … from Montaigne to Eric Hoffer … the rules of life never change.  In a world of chaos and madness, it’s nice to […]

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