Archives: Personal Development


Taking Control of Your Desires

Posted on May 22, 2018 by Robert Ringer Comments (23)

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A fundamental truth that I learned about desire from Harry Browne is that everyone’s desires are unlimited.  That’s not to say we all have the same desires, just that we have an infinite number of desires. Some of the more common desires include wealth, power, recognition, and, at the extreme end of the desire spectrum, […]

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Status Consciousness, Your Mortal Enemy

Posted on May 15, 2018 by Robert Ringer Comments (34)

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I recently ran into a casual acquaintance, Peter, in the lobby of a hotel where I was staying.  I hadn’t seen Peter in many years and almost didn’t recognize him. After shaking hands, I asked him what he’d been up to all these years, and his response reminded me of something the great Tom Wolfe […]

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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 (30)

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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 (59)

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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 (34)

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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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