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wired for intimacy and sociability ( Filed under: brave new world, the sweet life | Tags: , , )

People are naturally competitive.  True statement.  Everyone I know, from my earliest days until now, including parents and siblings, my oldest friends, people I studied and worked with, pretty well everyone, is naturally competitive.  But surely competition can’t be a person’s defining characteristic, they must also have other qualities. When someone says to me ‘people […]

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freedom: deep participation with others ( Filed under: the sweet life | Tags: , , , )

I wonder what is the ratio – in the world of politics and culture etc – of diagnosis to prescription. I would guess it is heavily weighted toward diagnosis: everyone and his dog is talking and writing about how bad everything is and I’m not convinced there are as many who are coming up with […]

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a revolution of human relationships: outrospection ( Filed under: the sweet life | Tags: , , , , , , )

INTRODUCING OUTROSPECTION: I have decided to do something new with coromandal, namely to use posts to introduce readers to very good sources of information on given topics. This first post is an introduction to Roman Krznaric’s blog called outrospection.  It is about – as its subtitle makes clear – “empathy and the art of living.” […]

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articles

A Daniel Akst, America: Land of Loners,  The Wilson Quarterly Mark Anspach, Global Markets, Anonymous Victims [interview] B JOAN BAKEWELL,  On Not Having A Career, the Idler Bea Ballard, My dad, the perfect mum, The Sunday Times BBC,  Why Do People Vote Against Their Own Interests? [also on BBC radio: Turkeys Voting for Christmas] The Believer, […]

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books

A Jane Alison, The Sisters Antipodes Hannah Arendt,, Eichmann in Jerusalem B J.G. Ballard, The Atrocity Exhibition J. G. Ballard, Miracles of Life, 2009, Harper Perennial George Bataille, The Tears of Eros (trans. Peter Connor) Ambrose Bierce, The Devils Dictionary Walter Benjamin, Reflections David Bohm, Wholeness and the Implicate Order Bill Bryson, The Mother Tongue David Byrne, […]

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rational detached acquisitive utilitarian ( Filed under: the sweet life | Tags: , , , , )

Is there exclusive virtue in doing or should we also plan?  People don’t like planners, and heap praises on doers.  She’s a hard worker, they say.  He doesn’t do anything they claim of managers and administrators. At my last job this system of belief was ritualized and absurd.  People who were unclear but could produce […]

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the european dream ( Filed under: the sweet life | Tags: , , , )

The American dream is only a dream after all.  I had a suspicion.  There were so many red flags chief among them grandiloquence, bombast:  if we keep telling ourselves we’re the best, then we’re the best.  Peddlers of the big lie everywhere:  that to tell monstrous falsehoods will breed credulity. I stepped off the boat […]

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civilization ( Filed under: the sweet life | Tags: , , )

How civilized!  The Brit in me likes to fling that phrase around, every once in a while:  a label for someone drinking tea from a dainty cup with his pinky up, playing tennis in whites, snacking on smoked meats and vodka, being versed in opera.  Or slaughtering the natives.  Civilization, a complex topic, and one […]

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