The Daily Paradox

A time for strong steering

When the road gets especially rough and the signposts are progressively more confusing, it is time to have strong hands on the steering wheel. No point in exacerbating hazards that already threaten to dislodge the vehicle. Idiots in charge may be fun at times; this is not one of them. Joe Biden may not be…
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Just to listen..

The best word to describe our world before the virus hit is frenetic. Wiki tells us it means ”fast and energetic, in a rather wild and uncontrolled way”. Not a bad definition, but it misses the despair, the feeling of high risk and the isolation that frenetic people have. The pandemic changed all that. Not…
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New Zealand’s Election Victory

Congratulations to Jacinda Ardern for winning the first clearly decisive election in New Zealand since 1996. Mrs Ardern obviously deserves her conclusive victory and we congratulate her on her performance over the most seriously difficult massacre in Christchurch and her handling of the Covid-19 crisis. New Zealand is not isolated from the rest of the…
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Life’s important decisions

Many of life’s important decisions are made for you, some without your knowledge, some without your agreement. You don’t choose your parents, your basic intellectual prowess or your intrinsic health. Whether you have a set of wisdom teeth is not within your ability to decide, nor is your height. You may wish you had delightful…
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How to live with COVID-19

There are plenty of people rooting for an end to controls on how we live under the Covid-19 Pandemic. The arguments in favour cite deaths resulting from loss of quality of life when we are locked down and not enjoying the fruits of our labours – or lack of labours. But the big argument, of…
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A Bridge of Sighs

Not many people will argue with Ivo Andric, the Nobel laureate, when he says “From everything that man erects and builds in his urge for living nothing is in my eyes better and more valuable than bridges. They are more important than houses, more sacred than shrines. Belonging to everyone and being equal to everyone,…
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Whatever happened to common sense?

As you get older some of the baggage of complexity falls away. Perhaps it’s a precursor to dementia. Perhaps it’s the ultimate realization that fundamentals matter. Perhaps it’s common sense reasserting itself. Whatever the cause, I savour it, relish the simplicity of seeing good behaviour, enjoy the things that make me laugh and even those…
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The Justice Parcel

From all accounts Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a formidable person. Tough in her beliefs, tough in her delivery, tough in her faithfulness to her oath of office. She was a human being so she will not have been perfect but her achievements for others far outweighed her successes for herself. If we can leave the…
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The Singapore Brand

There has been much talk of Minister Chan Chun Sing’s suggestion that there should be a Singapore brand. I think it is a good idea. In fact we have been trying to embody something like it ourselves for quite a while now. Since we are a consultancy we cannot obtain a Certificate of Origin for…
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One more dream

Theme suggested by ChengBee Lim, Terrific Mentors International You’re sixty-ish. Maybe a little less, maybe a little more. Retired from your main source of income, perhaps without much of a pension plan, perhaps without any. You’ve been moderately successful, not quite what you hoped for but good enough to feel you’ve contributed to the world. …
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