Archives: Life Insights


When Bad Things Happen to Innocent Bystanders

Posted on September 5, 2019 by Robert Ringer

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While pundits and politicians use the mass shootings in Dayton, El Paso, and Odessa to score cheap political points, I thought it would be a good time to take a deep breath and reflect on that age-old question, Why do bad things happen to good people — or, perhaps more accurately, to innocent bystanders? To […]

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The Pinnacle of American Greatness

Posted on August 23, 2019 by Robert Ringer

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Last week I wrote a two-part article about Woodstock and the events leading up to it, and it got me to thinking about my years growing up in the Midwest.  For space reasons, I did not include these thoughts in my Woodstock article, but I’d like to share some of them with you today. I […]

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Free Will versus Randomness

Posted on October 16, 2018 by Robert Ringer

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From the Dust Bowl of the 1930s to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to Hurricanes Michael and Florence, we are constantly reminded of just how much of life is random.  No matter how many natural disasters we study, we can never answer the question of why random events — both good and bad — occur. […]

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Free Will and Mind Control

Posted on September 24, 2018 by Robert Ringer

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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 he has suffered, and endless trivia.  It randomly engages in self-debate and senseless chatter, blocking out all attempts to bring forth a meaningful thought. Many people […]

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Embracing Reality

Posted on September 18, 2018 by Robert Ringer

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As the lying, corruption, and craziness continue unabated in Washington, it’s a reminder of just how important it is to one’s sanity to embrace reality.  Reality is synonymous with truth, but, as Baltasar Gracian, the insightful and pragmatic 17th century Jesuit priest, cautioned, “Truth is abhorred by the masses.” Instead of loving truth, most people […]

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Toward a Debate-Free Life

Posted on August 29, 2018 by Robert Ringer

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Watching the obnoxious but relentless Dirty Dems arguing the inarguable day in and day out is a constant reminder to me that the most time-wasting and exhausting activity in the world is debating someone who thrives on heated exchanges.  An argumentative person is not only unpleasant to be around, he also can consume large chunks […]

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Napoleon Hill, W. Clement Stone, and Me

Posted on August 21, 2018 by Robert Ringer

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It’s amazing how some books continue to sell forty, fifty, even a hundred years after they were first published.  In the field of personal development, the champion in this regard is undoubtedly Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill.  The book was first published in 1937 and has gone through many iterations since then. In […]

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Handling ANEL Disease

Posted on August 13, 2018 by Robert Ringer

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I was talking to my friend Bill a few weeks ago, and in the course of our conversation he happened to mention something about the business troubles Dexter Windbag (pseudonym) had encountered in recent years.  I had no idea the guy was still alive, and had no interest in hearing about his troubles. Nevertheless, my […]

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Economic Reality and Freedom

Posted on August 2, 2018 by Robert Ringer

Given the increasing intensity of the battle between socialism and capitalism in America, it’s time for rational people to focus on two issues:  economic reality and freedom. All people of goodwill can certainly agree that freedom is a good thing.  Where they can respectfully disagree is whether or not freedom is the best path to […]

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The One Fear That Can Kill You

Posted on July 17, 2018 by Robert Ringer

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The phony fear-mongering that has gripped the country since the election of the evil Donald Trump is a reminder to keep your head while those around you are losing theirs.  There’s no question that life is fraught with dangers, but most are grossly overplayed. Take flying, for example.  A large percentage of the population fears […]

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