Archives: Personal Development


Why Something Instead of Nothing?

Posted on May 8, 2018 by Robert Ringer Comments (38)

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I was more than just a bit interested in hearing what Mark Levin’s recent guest, David Berlinski, had to say on “Life, Liberty, and Levin.”  My interest stemmed from the fact that virtually everything Berlinski said aligns with my own thinking over the years.  Getting confirmation from someone whose knowledge dwarfs your own tends to […]

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Objective Truth versus Relativism

Posted on May 1, 2018 by Robert Ringer Comments (29)

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As the social civil wars in America continue to heat up, one wonders how both sides in these hotly contested debates can be so convinced they have objective truth on their side.  Actually, it raises the question of whether there really is such a thing as objective, or absolute, truth. To be absolute, a truth […]

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Mankind: The Failed Experiment

Posted on April 26, 2018 by Robert Ringer Comments (31)

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As I think about the havoc that has reigned throughout the world century after century, I am reminded of one of those ancient-astronaut books I read many years ago that set forth a fascinating theory. The author believed that munificent aliens from another galaxy visited the earth eons ago and created man.  After a long […]

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Turning Fantasy into Reality

Posted on April 10, 2018 by Robert Ringer Comments (29)

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If there’s one thing I wish I had done more of in my life, it’s watch good movies.  Not just any movies, but good movies. Unfortunately, that eliminates the vast majority of junk films made over the past thirty or so years.  I’m not the least bit impressed listening to a bunch of young hotshot […]

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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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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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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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Making Every Day Thanksgiving

Posted on November 23, 2017 by Robert Ringer Comments (34)

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Here it is, Thanksgiving again.  I love Thanksgiving because it brings back a lot of great childhood memories — turkey, giblet gravy, mashed potatoes, five or six desserts … the Packers and Lions doing battle on our black-and-white television set … snow flurries … the long weekend … and, best of all, family. Most everyone […]

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