The Daily Paradox

Sincerely seeking

Throughout history religious leaders have had many useful things to say, especially when they are advocating social cohesion and a kinder society. They have also, as we are today more than usually aware, made divisive and destructive utterances. Whether helpful or not their comments usually become complicated for us ordinary people when they include references…
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The creative ability to remember

Creativity is the ability to perceive relationships. That’s not simply relationships between people but relationships between things, events, anything we see, hear, feel or taste. Those familiar with my work know that I have used this definition of creativity for many years – in fact since it was first coined by Francis Harmar-Brown in 1966.…
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Four lucky people

A benefactor of Terrific Mentors International who asks to remain anonymous has offered to celebrate Chinese New Year by paying for four deserving people each to have four ninety-minute sessions of coaching & mentoring by TMI. By agreement with this kind person we will charge only S$100 to each person chosen for their first 90-minute…
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When prudence becomes cheating

Clout is what power gives you. Wealth is power, so the wealthy have a lot of clout. It is inevitable that they use it for the benefit of themselves and their organisations. Capitalism, on the other hand, works when the rules of the game are clear, understood and observed. The rules of the capitalist game…
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The Bear Necessities

Most financial markets are on the brink of Bear Country – that is, they are 20% or more below the highs reached in 2015. This should not come as a surprise to those who read ‘fasten your seat belts’ in our Daily Paradox at the end of last year. The rocky ride will continue for…
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The virtue of disobedience

“Self-driving cars ‘too law-abiding’ to be safe” – headline in the Straits Times 19 Dec 15. “Following the rules without thinking causes accidents” – the headline they might have used, but didn’t. The story is hilarious, the meaning couldn’t be more serious. ‘Rules are there for the guidance of wise men and the slavish following…
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Worldwide unemployment will rise this year. What should you do about it?

The number of unemployed people in emerging and developing countries is set to rise by 4.8 million in the next two years, according to the UN’s International Labour Organisation. This reflects the slowing international economy. The advance of technology and artificial intelligence will increase job losses, too. And all that is predicated on the world’s…
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Worldwide unemployment will rise this year.
What should you do about it?

The number of unemployed people in emerging and developing countries is set to rise by 4.8 million in the next two years, according to the UN’s International Labour Organisation. This reflects the slowing international economy. The advance of technology and artificial intelligence will increase job losses, too. And all that is predicated on the world’s…
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Suicide – the pros and cons

Reports of increasing suicides among the old make us pause to ask why this should be so and whether we should do anything to try to stop it. It may be mostly a consequence of people living longer, or of the old solutions to suffering like pneumonia being defeated by modern drugs. But when someone…
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No. 1 son reaches 60

When your first child reaches the age of 60 he or she – he, in my case – achieves several milestones the most important of which is, of course, his own. It’s a truism to say that it seems like no time at all since my wife gave birth to a squalling brat in suburban…
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