The Daily Paradox

We underestimate our importance

The overwhelming power of Covid-19 has confirmed and accelerated a trend to disbelieve in our own importance. It is a frightening state to find ourselves in and we should do everything we can to arrest it. If we don’t, I fear for the future of democracy. Not that I am an unreserved fan of democracy…
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Unwelcome silence

Victor Mills is to be congratulated in raising the issue of loneliness by getting Nick Jonsson, Managing Director of EGN, to give a very helpful and honesttalk on the subject in a webinar organised by the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce a few days ago. This modest and likeable man said things most of us…
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Study the questions Part 2

Many thanks to all of you who responded to my ‘Study the questions’ Daily Paradox. It was most heartening to get your ideas and views. They came for far and wide. As per Chatham House Rule, I won’t tell you who said what but I think I can identify the source by country. Before I…
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Reading the ruffled brow

We need to be able to read people at every stage of life and at every age. There can seldom have been a time when reading people accurately was more important than at present. Whether buying from, selling to, giving help or seeking advice, we must be able to read and judge those we come…
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Study the questions

Being generous people, we have a tendency to provide answers. At its simplest level it is what is required. Answers are the basis of all knowledge. As little children we ask questions expecting answers that will make us better equipped to grow up and handle an adult life. As students we are expected to be…
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The value in the shadows

If only the sun-drenched celebrities are being noticed and worshiped, then our children are going to have a tough time seeing the value in the shadows, where the thinkers, probers, and scientists are keeping society together. Rita Dove, poet (b. 28 Aug 1952) You may, like me, feel that shadows are already dulling the political…
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Balance Sheet of Behaviour

Let’s not call it Globalization anymore. The word has a ring of absorption and distant control that was never meant for it. Trump turned it into a flogging horse for his own impenetrable purposes. “Abandon an ideology when the people do. Give it another name to dress its purpose.” Wise, if cynical, words from a…
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A Child of All Time

The Daily Nugget “I realized I am a child of all nations, of all ages, past and present.  Place and time of birth, parents, all are coincidence:  such things are not sacred.” Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh Wisdom badly needed for today – John Bittleston

Planet B?

There is no Planet B. Well, there may be for Richard Branson and a handful of others. But there is no Planet B for you and I. And quite soon there won’t be a habitable Planet A. Death Valley’s 130 degrees F (54.4 degrees C) is not the name of a song. It is the…
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Education Time for a new approach

Is it time education was overhauled from top to bottom? There is plenty of talent devoted to it and many wonderful people dispensing the necessary to pass the Exams and get the Certificate. ‘Qualified’ is a word of such finality that we should always re-qualify it with ”lots more to learn”.  What counts is life-long…
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