torture others
December 20, 2015, 3:54 pm
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Francis Bacon

When your creed is cruel, you become cruel. Creeds include any form of fundamentalism that demands austerity, self denial etc.: market (today’s worst), religious, racial, sexual, etc.

When your creed is human you behave like a human. No pain, gain.

The ascetic depreciation of the pleasures of sense has not promoted kindliness or tolerance, or any of the other virtues that a non-superstitious outlook on human life would lead us to desire. On the contrary, when a man tortures himself he feels that it gives him a right to torture others, and inclines him to accept any system of dogma by which this right is fortified.

Bertrand Russell, Ideas That Have Harmed Mankind


funeral arrangements
December 20, 2015, 12:24 am
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If you don’t want anyone to know where you are buried and you have a lot of trustworthy henchmen:

Periander (628-588 BC): Like Thales, Solon and Chilon, Periander of Corinth was considered one of the Seven Sages of Greece. To others, like Aristotle, he was simply a tyrant. However, there is a bizarre story about the lengths to which Periander went in order to conceal his place of burial: he instructed two young men to meet a third man at a predetermined place and kill and bury him. Then he arranged for four men to pursue the first two and kill and bury them. Then he arranged for a larger group of men to hunt down the four. Having made all these preparations, he went out to meet the two young men for he, Periander, was the third man.

The Book of Dead Philosophers, Simon Critchley

December 8, 2015, 12:02 am
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Night shift
December 7, 2015, 11:59 pm
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power distance societies
December 5, 2015, 3:37 pm
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Hofstede’s Power distance Index measures the extent to which the less powerful members of organizations and institutions (like the family) accept and expect that power is distributed unequally. This represents inequality (more versus less), but defined from below, not from above. It suggests that a society’s level of inequality is endorsed by the followers as much as by the leaders.

Clearly Cultural

My notes on power distance based on the chart below:

small power distance / large power distance

power: controlled by law  / uncontrolled by law

children: equals / obedient

elders: neither respected nor feared / respected and feared

education: student centered / teacher centered

hierarchy: regarded cynically / accepted as natural

subordinates: expect respect / expect orders

government: plural, democratic, peaceful / autocratic, manipulative

corruption: rare, consequential / common, hidden

income distribution: even / uneven

religion: stress equality / hierarchical

File:Ten Differences Between Small- and Large- Power Distance Societies.png

Wikipedia, Hofstede, Power Distance Index