Archives: Personal Development


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 (32)

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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 (32)

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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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The Forgotten Man

Posted on October 5, 2017 by Robert Ringer Comments (39)

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Now that everyone realizes that Trumpism is not just a passing fad but a clear and present danger to the D.C. Criminal Cartel, it’s time to examine just who the rank and file Trumpsters are.  What’s the common bond that unites them?  Taxes?  Healthcare?  Financial regulation? I thought about this question as I was rereading […]

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The Infrastructure of Life

Posted on September 19, 2017 by Robert Ringer Comments (52)

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While it’s true that we live in a rapidly changing world, it’s important to recognize that the daily changes we witness are changes in form only.  The real substance of our universe, and of life itself, is comprised of universal principles.  These principles, also known as axioms, truths, or natural laws, form the infrastructure for […]

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The Fantasy that Never Arrives

Posted on September 9, 2017 by Robert Ringer Comments (31)

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Volumes having been written over the years on the subject of goals, and, indeed, there’s no question that goals are important.  But the more I reflect on the subject of goals, and the more I draw from my own experience and the experience of others, the more convinced I am that striving toward goals is […]

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Don’t Be Evil

Posted on September 6, 2017 by Robert Ringer Comments (42)

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I will never forget when I first heard that Google had adopted “Don’t be evil” as its motto.  My first thought was:  Spare me the self-righteousness, please.  My second thought was that such a holier-than-thou statement could only come from a couple of immature kids who were infected with that horrific moral disease known in […]

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America’s Great Unsung Hero

Posted on August 30, 2017 by Robert Ringer Comments (33)

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Heroes are people who accomplish extraordinary feats under extraordinarily difficult circumstances, such as the firefighters who marched into the World Trade Center towers on 9/11 in an attempt to save lives while everyone else was scurrying to get out. But there’s another kind of hero — one who makes a living accomplishing extraordinary feats under […]

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