The Daily Paradox

No laughing matter

Life is a solemn business, I’m sure you’ll agree. If we don’t take it seriously we will likely squander it, become wastrals and trash the vessel we were so generously endowed with? Piffle! Life is meant to be enjoyable. Like every other species, we’ll have some suffering, maybe a lot. Hopefully our fellow humans will…
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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

            Prince Philip’s funeral takes place today. I thought he would have liked this short             story rather than another obituary.     It comes with all our respect and admiration. Anyone who has lived through most of the same time as Prince Philip will be sad at the passing of a noble figure and someone who…
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A drop in the ocean?

The Japanese Prime Minister has told the world that dumping radioactive contaminated water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea is “the most realistic option”. One million tonnes will be discharged over the next two years. Those who know about these things have said that the pollution resulting from this act will certainly…
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Beijing’s purse strings

“Beijing has shifted regulatory scrutiny to controlling credit risks rather than boosting economic growth, which has already returned to pre-pandemic levels.” Financial Times 06Apr21 What Beijing does about credit will in future determine the course of much international trade. Looking to have a stable economy President Xi and his finance people are setting their sites…
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Flocking together

By Zoey Lim, Terrific Mentors International Like birds, we find strength in numbers. The strength in numbers could be used to fend off predators, or to cope with fatigue by flying in a “V” formation.  In the same way, we achieve goals in teams. It could be completing a project, attaining a financial goal or…
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Create your own job

Don’t wait for employers to open their doors and invite you in. Why? Because it may be a long time before they do that. Employers are nervous about taking on the commitments of full time workers, whether blue collar or white collar. Understandable. Depending on where you are, the re-starting of international trade – the…
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Caring and empathy

When the Financial Times comes out with advice about the importance of business managers caring for and having empathy with colleagues in their charge we know major change is in the air. Not, of course, for everyone. Hard headed, browbeating managers will carry on though not, I think, for long. Goldman Sachs, never known as…
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Happy endings

Spain has just become the fourth EU country to allow suicide and assisted death for people terminally ill and wishing to die. Previosusly, attempted suicide and assisted death carried prison sentences of ten years. This is a difficult subject because so many people believe in the sanctity of life. They genuinely think it is wicked…
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Behaviour

We seldom know why others behave the way they do. We speculate, guess, ascribe motives they may not even have heard of, but we seldom know. Over my long lifetime, personal behavior has generally deteriorated, as far as I can see. Perhaps that is because responsibility for it has increased, not least because politicians have…
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Working crazy hours

The flight from office to home for safety from coronavirus is a very two-edged event. Some people like working strict hours, maybe the morning, first thing, or after a post lunch fifteen minute nap. I like very early mornings, like one or two am, for my thinking work, with a little light classical music to…
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