"A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.”

Henry D. Thoreau

 

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Tuesday
Aug222017

The Driving Paradox

According to a recent survey, 78% of Canadians know their driving has a negative environmental impact, but they are not likely to give up their vehicles even when they could easily use other forms of transportation. Were that survey done in Steinbach, how would it look?

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Tuesday
Aug152017

Multiple Votes

Recently I was reading a book written in the 1950s but set in the 1980s. The author was imagining the political situation 30 years into his future. In the novel many countries had adopted a multiple voting system whereby people could have up to seven votes, and these countries were far ahead economically than those countries that had stuck to one-man one-vote.

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Tuesday
Aug082017

Chrematistics

I recently became aware of an old word that is rarely used these days. The word is “chrematistics.” It refers to the art of getting rich; of accumulating wealth. Apparently the ancient philosophers, Aristotle and Plato carefully distinguished between chrematistics and economics. Economics, in their view referred to the organization of the household – who did what and who got what. In their minds there was a clear difference.

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Wednesday
Aug022017

Conversations

Conversations can reveal a lot about the people having them. Saying something is always a reflection of what we believe and what we want others to believe. That’s why I find it so interesting to hear what people have to say about “the way things are”. Ask them about real estate, and they’ll say it’s unstable. Ask them about war and they’ll say it’s inevitable. Ask them about other people and... well that’s where it gets interesting.

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Wednesday
Jul262017

Summer Reflections

Ah! The lazy, hazy days of summer. On the radio this morning I heard an interview by Nadia Kidwai on the perfect recipe for a great summer. There were three ingredients mentioned: food, family/friends and freedom and I agree that all of those make for a great summer but I want to add a fourth and that is a special summer connection to the earth.

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