AZ Force, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways:
AZ Force, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways: https://listed.to/@alphalim/35850/az-force-how-do-i-love-thee-let-me-count-the-ways insurancefortherestofus #takafuluntukrakyatjelata #AZFORCE #family #financialsecurity #wealthnetwork 1. Thy products are world-class Insurance policies from the largest insurer in the world, headquartered in Munich, Germany. 2. Thy products are designed for the "rakyat jelata" of Malaysia With prices that are within reach of the middle and lower income gr...
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Options for a critical illness survivor with insurance
The best time to plant an oak tree is one hundred years ago. The SECOND best time to plant an oak tree is today. Wait, what? It shocks the mind at first. If the best time to plant an oak tree is one hundred years ago, then shouldn't the second best time to plant an oak tree be something like 99 years ago or at least eighty years ago? But if you take a breath and let the initial shock pass, then you'll realise that one hundred or eighty years or one year ago makes no difference. You can't go back...
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A surreal experience after watching Everything Everywhere All At Once
A surreal experience after watching Everything Everywhere All At Once: https://listed.to/@alphalim/34834/a-surreal-experience-after-watching-everything-everywhere-all-at-once I was at OWL making my specs this afternoon, when a young woman comes in and says to me, "Excuse me, where is shop number 36?" I looked at her dumbfounded. Was this a trick question? Then the optometrist who was attending me said to her, "Uh, pardon?" The young woman snapped to and said, "Uh, Starbucks?" "Oh, just go s...
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My WHY I'm doing insurance
My WHY I'm doing insurance https://whyinsurance.netmark.pro https://listed.to/p/CD568DQWGt I was in the doctor's office, looking at his PC screen with the ghostly MRI scan of my brain on the screen. "These scans satisfy the criteria for stroke. It is claimable under the 36 critical illnesses," said my neurologist. Alas, my insurance lapsed years ago. It was a wake-up call to me of the importance of insurance (and of keeping your policy in force). So, I've made it my mission to empower all my...
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Acupuncture feels like this
Acupuncture feels like this https://listed.to/@alphalim/34728/acupuncture-is-like-this Acupuncture is nothing, lah. Like antbite. Well, not exactly. More like a mosquito bite. If the mosquito is a Decepticon a hundred times bigger than a natural-born mosquito. Then its proboscis would be about the same size and material as an acupuncture needle. Actually, it's like a swarm of ten to twelve decepticon mosquitoes. Because that's how many needles are used for a session. And then these Deceptic...
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Thoughts on Good Friday from as I sit in my church's Bible study room waiting for service to start
Today is Good Friday and Francis Raj shared the old "Watch the Lamb" video with me. It's very moving. Thank you Jesus for your love and sacrifice. And then "Thank You for Giving to the Lord" autoplayed. Another great song. Very moving. Puts things into perspective. It reminds me to examine WHY I do things. And why is that? Why am I doing insurance? I'm doing insurance because: 1.I really believe in it and 2.I really love my friends. So, because of this love for my friends, I want to em...
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How to use a crutch - and why I value listening in the sales process
To rely on something unreliable is worse than to rely on nothing at all. Because, if you have a broken leg that's in a cast and you're walking around with a crutch, if that crutch breaks, there goes your leg. It'll have to be set again, to say nothing of the pain of breaking an already broken leg! So, if you rely on something, test it with a partial load first, to make sure it can withstand the full load. Then, each time you're using it, consider it a retest of the reliability of that crutch - ...
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"A Stroke of Luck" Timeline
#Stroke, #strokerecovery & #strokerehab: What's happening with Alpha? This timeline is live at: https://listed.to/p/Gn6qpQG41v Latest Update (scroll down to the end to see today's entry): 2022-05-15 2022-05-01 Wow, my typing went from 11 to 17 wpm this week! 2022-04-30 Much improved typing! 2022-04-25 Left hand can open up to 15% already left hand shows significant improvement in typing 2022-04-18 Typing speed, wpm(target: 30): 11.72 I walked into Meridian all by myself today. It f...
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you can blame "them" or ...
Maybe "they" should have taught you these things in school, but "they" didn't. So, you can blame "them." Or, you can educate yourself. ...
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Dollar-cost average your life every day
When I look at this BTC price chart, I feel happy. Why? Because I'm dollar-cost averaging every day. Every day, I buy X ringgit of bitcoin - and certain other cryptos. So, on the days that the price is up, I'm happy because my holdings are up. On the days the price is down, I'm happy because I managed to buy more crypto for the same amount of money spent. How we spend our days should be the same. Have your daily practices and keep at them - no matter what. Don't try and give a heroic ef...
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You want to be the dumbest person in the room
I'm quite sure that you've heard the advice before, that your level is the averge of the five people you spend most time with. Eric Worre of the Network Marketing Professional, has a hot take on that. You want to be the dumbest person in the room, he says. You don't want to have a posse. Because, if you're the lowest person in your group, they'll pull you up by association. But if you're the highest person in your group, they'll pull you down by association. Having a posse is nice for ...
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My finger is sore
My finger is sore. No, not the whole finger. Just one spot where the corner of the fingernail digs into the flesh of the fingertip. I cut my nail too short. Consequently, My finger is sore. It's not noticeably swollen or red, just tender. But, My finger is sore. And that's all I can think about. Well, not really. I go about my day, but I have a little nonverbal voice in the back of my head going, "Notice me, notice me." If I allow this voice to distract me from my workaday tasks, then ...
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The most selfless thing you can do is to put in your oxygen mask first
2022-03-25 If you're in a plane and the oxygen masks suddenly drop down, the most selfless thing you can do is to put yours on first. Secure your oxygen supply, then you can help with the children, the elderly and disabled. I feel that my job for now is to heal myself first, so that I can heal others next. Make sure your oxygen supply is secured. If there's no emergency, practise breathing daily by meditating. Focus on your breathing while letting your mind ascend to things above (this is the...
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Create a new relationship with pain
2022-03-25 Some thoughts on pain during the acupuncture session just now: There are different kinds of pain. The pain of discipline. -The pain of regret. -The pain of growth. These taste different. The pains of discipline and growth taste bittersweet. The pain of regret tastes bitter. As biological beings, we instinctively avoid pain but are drawn to pleasure. We can train our minds to recognise sweet pain as pleasure, so we'll seek it out. If we indulge in the sweet pain of disc...
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When the ideal is enemy of progress
Anything worth doing is worth doing well. But if this gets you into perfection mode and hinders you from doing anything at all, then "good enough" is better than "ideal." Because anything, even mediocre, is infinitely more than zero. Recently, I've been practising sitting in silence for fifteen minutes at a time. Sometimes it goes well. Other times, it's a struggle. Like today. So instead of sitting still for fifteen minutes, what if I sat still for one minute? That's much more doable. Then,...
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Just Look (It) Up!
"Don't Look Up" is an awesome movie if you like comedy. While watching it, I remembered watching a YouTube philosopher expound on the difference between "nascence" and "ignorance." To be nascent is to be in a state of pre-knowledge. You just haven't been presented with the facts yet. To be ignorant (or ignore-ant, as he pronounced it for emphasis) is to ignore the facts that we consider inconvenient. Nascence is innocent, if naive. Ignorance kills. The premise of the movie is that there's a k...
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In this life, it's not a question of whether I will experience heartache. It's a question of what I will do when when faced with heartache. It's not wise to live as if there will never be rain, because there will be rain. It's a question of preparing for the rain. Maybe even using the rain for my benefit. Because rains have benefits. They bring life. And so maybe heartache brings life, in some roundabout way. Expect there to be heartache. Let it fill your jars. Pour it on your soil and let it g...
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Prosperity Is Life's Natural State Prosperity is life's natural state. Prosperity is not absence of lack or want, but rather an internal celebration of abundance which is always present and available to us. Happiness, joy, and satisfaction are really just different aspects of prosperity. They are manifestations of our internal state of being. Beyond having our needs met to a certain level, it doesn't matter how much we have materially - what matters most is how we feel about ourselves and abo...
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When you're in pursuit of truth, it's important to learn to gargle and spit. The reason most people refuse to entertain conspiracy theories or even take a look at them, is because, if found true, the truth is too horrible to accept. For example, false flags. These are clandestine operations where a nation state does a terrorist act upon its own citizens and frames its enemies, usually as a pretext for going to war with that enemy. Most people are afraid to even look further into a conspiracy ...
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The primacy of gratitude
"God, what do you want me to do? Do you want me to feed the hungry? Do you want me to sell my car and give to the poor? Do you want me to rescue homeless puppies?" All of these are good actions to take by themselves. And so we often come to God (or the universe or destiny or posterity or popular acclaim) with a list of good works to try and fulfill his will... "The will of God is to give thanks," says a particular scripture. Nevermind with my impressive feats of bravado. What God requires is...
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Every year, I feel unprepared for Christmas
I feel like I'm not prepared for Christmas every year, and I know it’s because I always set such high expectations. I always try to make the holidays ideal, but I feel like it's impossible to do so. I set such high expectations for myself that it's hard to meet them every time. And what are these high expectations? Just a little something called perfection. But not a perfectly checked-off list of what constitutes a great Christmas, oh no. I’m too smart to realise that won’t satisfy the...
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“Delayed gratification.” Who likes the sound of that?
“Delayed gratification.” Who likes the sound of that? Not me. I want my thrills, and I want them now. Titillate me. The idea of delaying gratification seems not only to be difficult but also counterintuitive. However, it is something that has been shown to lead to happiness in the long run. Constant gratification, on the other hand, tends not to build anything that lasts beyond the moment. The internet era has exacerbated a world of instant gratification. We’ve all been there: scroll...
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How to get Endless Free Leads for free
Endless Free Leads is a free attraction marketing strategy using social media - Facebook and LinkedIn specifically. It was created by Max Steingart decades ago - he mastered his technique on America Online! - and he's continually adapting it to the changing social media landscape, earning the moniker "the father of social networking." Facebook ads and solo ads are great, but they cost money. Endless Free Leads only requires 3 things: A free profile - Facebook or LinkedIn or both Your e...
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How to get everything you need for a successful online network marketing business
What do you need to have a successful online network marketing business? An excellent product that fulfils a felt need among a large market, that pays you well. A way to tell a large number of people about it for free. First of all, the product (item 1) I've linked above provides education for a hungry market - entrepreneurs who are looking for a way to make a living online. Tap here to view an 8-minute video and find out more. Secondly, the marketing system (item 2) I've linked above...
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Sometimes darkness can show you the light
"When you think all is forsaken Listen to me now (all is not forsaken) You need never feel broken again Sometimes darkness can show you the light" "The Light" by Disturbed #Halloween2021 No, I don't mean to SEEK the darkness. There's no need to actively look for pain. Life provides enough pain already. Just, notice the pain that IS there. As shadows are proof that light is there, pain is proof that joy is there. One thing I hate - hate - is characters in stories who have no shadow. L...
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One Big Why Network Marketing
One of my biggest reasons for believing in network marketing is the whole "teach a man to fish" thing. Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day (or one meal, in my case). But teach that man to fish and he can eat for life (unless he refuses to move - then there's no helping him). With network marketing, you have a chance to teach an infinite number of people how to fish. You can even teach those people how to teach other people to fish. You can even teach those people how to teach other...
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BE the Pygmalion - use the Pygmalion Effect to create the life you like
The Pygmalion Effect means that people rise up - or fall - to your expectations, depending on what your expectations of them are. This means that in your position of influence, you can affect the performance of your team simply because of your assumptions (aka beliefs) about them. Conversely, if you are under the influence of someone, say a coach or a boss or an upline or a guru, your abilities might be improved or degraded simply because of their assumptions about you. But what are you,...
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Network marketing is a free voluntary school for marketing entrepreneurs
Network marketing is like a "for-profit nonprofit" for developing marketing entrepreneurs. It is voluntary, free, real-world training - with product usage and business enrollment as the price of entry. Success leaves clues, and when a network marketing company has a record of success (ten years and still expanding), it means they have a proven system for success that you can learn from. This system is entirely voluntary. This means that you can enroll in this "school" IF you see the value i...
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The true enemy of success isn't failure
The enemy of success is not failure. The enemy of success is comfort. Agreed? Failure is not the enemy of success - it is a stepping stone to success. Comfort, however, is the enemy of success - because in order to succeed, you must attempt. And comfort prevents you from attempting. Why risk failure when you're already comfortable right where you are? Better to be comfortable than to fail, isn't it? What do you think? Do you think it's better to remain as you are or to risk f...
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What is the missing link to your success?
The details of success are defined variably by different people, but fundamentally, success looks like happy wealth and health. That's the basic triangle of success. Got money but no health? That's not success. Got health but no money? That's better, but still not success. Got money and health but no happiness? That's a mockery of success. What's more, the path to success involves even more variables. There's your business and/or investments, your diet, your exercise plan, your men...
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Can you do this 20 minutes a day to make a liveable income in 100 days?
I showed this business strategy to a business friend of mine, and his feedback helped me clarify this thought: "Can you give 20 minutes a day to make a liveable income for yourself in 100 days?" He pointed out that this would be a good consideration for: salaried workers looking to build a side income, independent business owners looking to expand, and gig economy giggers such as Grab drivers looking to make more. Interestingly, what is easy to do is also easy NOT to do. Which is wh...
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Destination 2022: More & Increase!
Q4 of 2021 is right around the corner. Think back to what you have created out of this year so far. Are you on track to hit your goal? Do you have a goal? Do you even have a track? Haha. Before you feel too bad, know that you're like most people if the three questions above have you stumped. But then, you and I don't want to just be like "most people," do we? Here's the thing: Whatever you had planned for 2021 - or not - here we find ourselves nearing the start of the last part o...
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💰 Is money bad?
Is money good? Is money bad? If you're a druggie, money means more drugs. If you're an alcoholic, money means more alcohol. If you're a philanthropist, money means more social development. If you're an animal rescuer, money means more rescue pets. Money isn't bad. Money isn't good. Money means MORE. More of whatever you already ARE. If money scares you, if you hate money, it means you're not sure about who you are. Because money simply means more of what you already are. So...
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Home-based businesses don't work, unless...
It's so easy to earn more than a living on the internet nowadays.  All you need is people, a product they want, and a smooth process for telling it to them.  And yet many people with these tools and tactics still don't make it.  What's missing?  It's got to do with their internal organs.  Specifically, their brain and their heart.  To find out the missing link of a successful home-based online business - and to fill in the gap - click here and listen to this speech by someone who's been ...
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Are you addicted to pain? 💢 Good. Put your pain to work.
A master copywriter recently reminded me that people are motivated by the pursuit of pleasure or the avoidance of pain. I know that. And that more people are motivated by avoidance of pain than by pursuit of pleasure. I know that. I don't like that. Because I'm an idealist by nature and I like to think that people are inspirational creatures. Yes, yes, they are. But mostly, they are motivated by pain. Even me. Ideal outcomes inspire me, make me dream, lift me up. But really, I don't...
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Those strange Vitalis habits from childhood
Vitalis. That's the name of a hair oil that used to exist when I was a kid. Do ANY grooming hair oils even exist anymore? Vitalis would help make your hair smooth and manageable so that you could get the perfect parting that you desired - left, right or centre! I would spend many long moments applying Vitalis, combing my hair, checking that the part was perfect, combing down any stray hairs, applying more Vitalis, combing, checking, oiling... In the end, I would have a part that was pe...
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Your pain is trying to get your attention
Managing your emotions is not about feeling good or avoiding feeling bad. It's about just feeling, COMPLETELY. Most of the time, we're walking around in a daze, numb and unconscious to what we're feeling. Most of the time, we're caught in between a vague notion of unease and a middling sense of contentment. As for children, they're either: running around in ecstatic play or crying over some tragic setback. And these events can be seconds apart. As we get older, we become more tempered, les...
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80% OF NEW INFECTIONS IN MALAYSIA COME FROM THE UNVACCINATED
This post mentions vaccination, so it will probably be shadow-banned and a disclaimer should appear below it if shared on big social media. Nevertheless, it's not primarily about vaccination, but it's more about maths and media programming. I will entertain comments about maths and media but not about antiantivax. Talk about numbers, not feelings. How much do you trust the media? A week or two ago, I came across an article shrieking that 80% OF NEW INFECTIONS IN MALAYSIA COME FROM TH...
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You have never seen your face
Have you realised that you've never seen your face? Aside from flat mirrors and photos, you've never seen the back of your head with your own two eyes. You've never seen the front of your face with your own two eyes. This is a sobering thought. We can only see each other; we can't see ourselves. We are truly blind to our own blind spots. That's why we need external feedback. Feedback is precious. Feedback is reality. Like ground penetrating radar, feedback tells us where the bu...
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About conventional farming, poop and two philosophies of human health
I recently read a concept from an organic hydroponic startup that said the concept of organic farming is to fertilise the soil, whereas conventional farming fertilises the plant. Conventional fertilisers contain the nutrients necessary to make the plant green, lush or fruiting, as the requirements might be. Organic fertilising seeks to return the soil to its natural state. Which, I believe, is rich in poop or something. I don't know. I need to review the material. Anyway. Conventional ...
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If you're looking for dramatic change, take ridiculously small steps
Take "ridiculously small steps." "Ridiculously small steps" seem ridiculous only to the ego. In reality, each small step puts you further ahead along the journey. If you take ridiculously small steps faithfully, you'll have the double benefit of making progress while learning to shush the ego. See, you don't always need to listen to your ego. You only need to listen to your ego on rare occasion. Most of the time, your heart will lead you more accurately where you need to go. The rest of...
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What is the meaning of personal development?
I’m not gonna lie. I write these articles inspired by certain carefully researched keywords. This keyword research is to uncover what areas of interest are undeserved and in need of more input. And that got me thinking, today. I’ve put in some extensive research to determine what the focus of this blog should be. That’s why you don’t see me blogging here about my love for warm puppies. This blog isn’t about that. Maybe someday later. What are the keywords of my life? So I’ve researched the...
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19 reasons why you shouldn’t join a network marketing home based business
There are numerous reasons why you shouldn’t join a network marketing home based business or an MLM. 1. You’re expecting instant riches. Network marketing infrastructure provides you with leveraged income, but it’s not magic. It takes time to build. It will build exponentially, and that means in the early part of the curve, it will seem like nothing’s happening. It takes time and patience, like planting a garden. 2. You’re expecting friends and family to be enough of a market. Old-school...
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Why network marketing in the 21st century turns me on
Why network marketing? For me, it's about group success. To succeed is a good feeling, but to succeed alone is hollow. As Martin Luther King Jr said, none of us is free until all of us are free. Similarly, none of us is successful until all of us are successful. The true nature of humanity is love, and the true nature of love is to give. That's why solo success is hollow. There's nobody to give to.  That's why the promise of network marketing appeals to me. It's like those ants who lock ...
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Not another network marketing blog
I was thinking about Write or Die (a great website that gamifies writing to break through writer’s block) and I was thinking about blogging. What would it be like to just write a blog post with Write or Die every day and post it up on a blog? It sounds like a simple proposition. Would it work? And who would read this blog anyway? Well, people who are thinking about network marketing, for a start. This blog could be about network marketing. Which of course has a bad rap among many people. And ...
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How to meditate for 15 minutes if you can't even meditate for a moment
How to meditate for 15 minutes if you can't even meditate for a moment Set your phone's countdown to a gentle, pleasing chime Set it for 1 minute and quiet your mind until you hear the chime End the timer, set it for 2 minutes and quiet your mind until you hear the chime End the timer, set it for 3 minutes and quiet your mind until you hear the chime End the timer, set it for 4 minutes and quiet your mind until you hear the chime End the timer, set it for 5 minutes and quiet your mind until ...
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A different kind of god
Abraham might seem to be a madman by today's standards, when he almost sacrificed his son at God's command. Yet, when Yahweh told Abraham to sacrifice his son, it wasn't a strange request. Various gods in those days demanded human sacrifice, even child and infant sacrifice. (They still do, but they're in hiding now - or they acquire it through surreptitious means.) Abraham obeyed the command, but when he took the knife to strike the killing blow, a messenger ("angel") of Yahweh told him t...
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Proofread your scam texts
bEfOrE: RM0.00 Congratulations you number bXXst(012-338-xxxx)WINNERS RM8,888! WhatsApp+6011XXXXXXXX OR http://bit.ly/XXXXXXX AFTER: RM0.00 Congratulations! Your BXXst number (012-338-xxxx) is one of our RM8,888 WINNERS! To claim: WhatsApp +6011XXXXXXXX OR click http://bit.ly/XXXXXXX Now, tell me, which scam text are you more likely to click on? (Kidding. Don't click on scam texts.) To have me proofread your business texts, click here. ...
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Today's Easter (re)program
In 2016, I unfollowed some "spiritual leaders" who taught love and harmony but ripped into Trump with irrational hatred and blame. In 2020, I unfollowed some "independent journalists" who taught reasoned thinking but who ripped into China with irrational hatred and blame. What's the real virus? Fear and hate, which makes otherwise intelligent people regress into being controlled by the reptilian cortex. That's the "flight or fight" centre that makes people unthinking, predictable and contr...
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Keep your brain looking like a juicy melon
How to transform your brain function from looking like a crumpled sheet of paper to a juicy melon: Sleep a lot more. Lack of sleep restricts blood flow to the brain, which starves it of oxygen and inhibits toxin removal. Lose weight. The heavier the body, the smaller the brain. Body weight and brain size are conversely related. Think dinosaurs? Stop hitting your head. No boxing or American football or slapping challenge, please. It causes physical trauma to the brain. Duh. Eat clean. Toxi...
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No one knew where Bethlehem was, back then
Bethlehem. The birthplace of Jesus. Where magi followed the horoscope and travelled far from the east to pay homage to this new king. (Yes, fellow churchfolk, the "three wise men" followed astrology to the Christ.) Bethlehem is famous today. But back then, Bethlehem was a backwater. A nowhere place. Rome was the centre of the world. Jerusalem was the centre of Rome's colony of Judea. Bethlehem was a nowhere place. But it is where Jesus was born. The same is happening today. Christ is "b...
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Don't seek riches, seek this instead
A fool and his money are soon parted. Which means, if you want to keep your money, you need to be wise. Thus, wisdom is the path to wealth. People who seek riches get shipwrecked. People who seek wisdom get wealth. But it has to be comprehensive wisdom. If you seek only wisdom on how to raise horses and nothing else, you probably won't gain wealth. In all your getting, get wisdom, is what Solomon advocated. Don't seek to get rich quick. Seek to get wisdom quick. It won't come quickly a...
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Church in a Time of Covid-19: We're all televangelists now
Adapting to the circumstances means that some old prejudices need to fall away. Even religious practices can evolve. Even for the better. Listen to the latest mindscendence podcast: https://anchor.fm/mindscendence/episodes/Church-in-a-Time-of-Covid-19-Were-all-televangelists-now-ebpe6c ...
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Seek this before answers
Before seeking answers, seek questions. Because a good question leads to a dozen good answers. Because you know what you know, and you know what you don't know. But you don't know what you don't know. The first order is to discover what you don't know. And that's what asking questions can do for you. Seeking answers is knowledge, but seeking questions is wisdom. That's what Steve Jobs meant when he said, "Stay hungry." A hungry mind seeks truth and finds it. It's an unending process. ...
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It Works! by R. H. Jarrett (1926, public domain)
It Works! By R. H. Jarrett (1926) If you KNOW what you WANT, you can HAVE IT A concise, definite, resultful plan with rules, explanations and suggestions for bettering your condition in life. What Is the Real Secret of Obtaining Desirable Possessions? ARE some people born under a lucky star or other charm which enables them to have all that which seems so desirable, and if not, what is the cause of the difference in conditions under which men live? Many years ago, feeling that there must be...
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Scuba divers: you're insulated
When I'm in or near a large quantity of water, I usually get some kind of tiny enlightenment. For example, in the pool today, I realised that it's not entirely accurate that scuba divers are kept warm by a thin layer of water trapped between their skin and wetsuit. It's urine, not water. There's no bathroom undersea, and they definitely don't surface just to pee in the boat, right? Right. Undersea, urinesulated. Am I right, divers? ...
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These are the important things
These are the important things. These are what have been used to personalise the divine in the Bible: Love, Wisdom and Power. ...
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I did NOT catch the bug going around the office
I used to feel scratchy and congested when someone in the office caught a bug. A super dose of store-bought vitamin C would usually fend off an infection.This time around, tho', I noticed something different... ...
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What is the Word of God?
Hint: Not what, but who.What do you say? ...
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Careful. What's easy to do is also easy not to do
Watch a video for five minutes a day. Anybody can do that, right?You'd think so.Do you have a simple daily ritual that you know would benefit you greatly but you find hard to do consistently?Legends say that consistency is key to success. ...
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Did the ancients also produce crap?
Now in the twenty-first century, we still listen to classics that are hundreds of years old.Is it because the people of ages ago only created classics?Or did the ancients also create crap, like we do, and only the classics survived?If the first is true, we're screwed.If the second is true, we need to create more crap while trying to give birth to classics. ...
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How do you know whether the grass is greener on the other side?
Success isn't measured by what you do every day.Success is measured by whether you have the choice to determine what you do every day.Success isn't measured by whether the grass is greener on the other side.Success is determined by whether you have the power to test it and find out.🤔 ...
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Teaching my son common sense, aka wisdom
How much of what you learned in school applies in real life?How much of what you learned in school was taught by practitioners versus lecturers?We need wisdom, not just information.Where do you get your wisdom?Wisdom is everywhere, really, for those with ears to hear.And the more you listen, the more synced your ears become, and the more wisdom you hear. You hear? ...
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Even crappy things can inspire you to action
Yesterday, I posted a "crappy audio blog" about putting yourself out there."It takes courage and humility," a friend said. "What are you aiming to achieve?"Interestingly, an exercise in courage and humility is what I aim to achieve, with the hope of providing value.Even crappiness can inspire someone to action, if you do it with courage and humility.What are you inspired to do today? ...
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Creating Crap: End of One Experiment, Start of Another
I had been on an experiment to put out a "crappy vlog" every day as an experiment in "putting yourself out there."Clearly, it didn't work. There are reasons, but the bottom line is, it didn't work.Would putting out a "creator audio blog" succeed instead?We'll see.What do you think? ...
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Is this Trump Derangement Syndrome or is this evil?
Wow, just wow. CNN & NYT flat-out lie to paint a bad picture of Trump that is contrary to objective evidence, and walk all over the plight of Yazidi genocide and war captives to do it. Is this Trump Derangement Syndrome or is this evil? https://www.quora.com/Is-Donald-Trump-a-bad-president-or-does-the-media-exaggerate-his-faults/answer/Ely-Erlich ...
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Are you in a cult?
This is a good (if long) description on cult behaviour: https://youtu.be/htqOIjzi-jEAre you in a cult? No? Are you sure? Give this a watch; you might be surprised! 😂 ...
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Is there no secret to success?
The secret to success is that there's no secret to success. Yet, the sentence above reveals paradoxically, that there is a secret. The secret to success is open for all to see and hear. But only those with eyes to see and ears to hear can get it. You could spend years searching, only to end up back at certain simple truths. And then you realise how deep and profound those simple truths really were. The truths you once knew as simple, and now see as profound, haven't changed. You've changed...
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Everyone's on a diet
Everyone's on a diet, whether they realise it or not. Everyone's got a budget, whether they realise it or not. Everyone's self-hypnotising, whether they realise it or not. In fact, it's those who don't realise it, who are often on the worst diets, budgets and hypnosis programmes. Better to wake up and choose a conscious diet, budget and hypnosis programming, don't you think? You can choose. It's hard work at first, but when your conscious choices become unconscious actions, you can live wel...
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Do you undergo things?
Do you undergo things? Or do you overcome things? https://onedollarmentor.FUELGOODTRIBE.com ...
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Do you need hard times to make you turn to God?
Is it true that a comfortable life makes us forget about God? Certainly, it's true that an easy life can make us complacent. However, I consider all the goodness in my life as having come from God. Therefore, the better my life gets, the more I think about God and give thanks. So, bring it on, Spirit. I thank thee. ...
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What do you think?
It "doesn't matter" what others think of you. It "only matters" what you think of them. Yet even more important is what you think of you. ...
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How do you water a horse?
You can bring the horse to water but you can't make it drink. It will drink when it's thirsty. So, make it thirsty. Work it. "When the student is ready, the mentor will appear." https://onedollarmentor.FUELGOODTRIBE.com ...
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Tuition versus tiushen
"Tuition" is the process of learning in a classroom, dialectic environment, usually associated with higher education. "Tiu-shen" is the de rigueur after-school classes that Malaysian kids attend, starting from primary school age, to make up for the systemic deficiencies in the public schools. 🤣 ...
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Wax on, wax off... Breathe in, breathe out... Right wing, left wing...
Here's a thought. Liberalism and conservatism represent two natural movements of life: inhalation and exhalation, growth and decay, expansion and contraction. If you don't regularly experience both in turn, you'll be quickly in the emergency room, the ICU, and then the morgue. Both movements are essential to life. There is no inhalation without exhalation. There is no growth without decay. There is no expansion without contraction. Without both, without the full movements of life, there is n...
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There are none as conspiratorial as those who deny conspiracies exist
In this video, my favourite Dick talks about the George Washington mural that California is about to paint over: "Enjoy the show and don't let it bother you too much."This is great advice.Conspiracies are everywhere. That's why, those who ridicule "conspiracy theorists" are usually the biggest actors in conspiracy. The intelligence agencies, for example.When there's a huge crime scene, what do the cops say? That's right: "Move along, now. Nothing to see here."Nothing? No, there's a lot to see. T...
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Hit me up for Premium Copy
It's dawned on me that many of my friends and followers don't know exactly what I do. What I do seems obvious to me, because I'm doing it every day (of course). But I realise that it might be completely opaque to someone who's only occasionally glimpsing me on social media. Premium Written Content Well, what I do on a daily basis, is produce premium written content. There are other things, but this is the main thing. This means two- to three-page feature articles. 750-word editorial columns ...
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Asset appreciation over the past 3 years
Gold: +12% US Treasury notes: +16% Bitcoin: +1500% https://cryptoslate.com/data-shows-that-bitcoin-is-the-best-safe-haven-asset/ ...
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The Top Five Regrets of the Dying
https://amzn.to/2UUzZra I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. I wish I hadn't worked so hard. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings. I wish I'd stayed in touch with my friends. I wish that I'd let myself be happier. ...
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What is a man? A response to Gillette
Surprise, surprise, Gillette. You don't get support from a group by nagging and browbeating them. (Actually, who's surprised by the backlash to the Gillette ad, except echo-chamber-dwelling ideologues?) I have a son. I don't instill good character in him by telling him he's intrinsically flawed. I instill good character in him by showing him the way in which he should go. (This also keeps me on my toes, doesn't it?) If you haven't seen the Gillette ad that's got men and women turned off, you can...
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A Prayer for the Hour of Rush
O God our Help in ages past, Thou and thou alone seest into the heart of man. Thou and thou alone knowest of our pride as we look down upon the multitude of cars in their unceasing gridlock, as we ourselves soar through the skies in our trains of mass transit, arriving at our destinations in mere moments; for what is a half hour as one considers the hours that befall those unfortunate enough to ride in road-bound vehicles at such times like these, times that try the sons of men with the hour o...
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If people are fundamentally non-rational
If people are fundamentally non-rational, then it is fundamentally rational to relate with them in a fundamentally non-rational manner. #FUELGOODTRIBE ...
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Will the real bitcoin please stand up?
In the past, Ethereum ETH rolled back its blockchain to erase an event where millions of dollars worth of ETH were stolen. This was done with the approval of Ethereum's founder and most of its community. A minority, however, refused to roll back the blockchain on the principle that blockchains are supposed to be immutable. This group retained the original blockchain, which records the theft incident. This blockchain is now known as Ethereum Classic, ETC. By forking off the original blockchain ...
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Extremism is not always extremely obvious
Extremism is extremism. Moderate extremism is extremism. Extreme moderation is extremism. Extremism is extremism. #FUELGOODTRIBE ...
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Is the emperor, bitcoin, naked?
They say that the US dollar price is artificially propped up by the fact that nations have to buy US dollars to buy oil. Well, people have to buy bitcoin BTC to buy most other cryptocurrencies. Doesn't that artificially boost the BTC price? What happens when more and more altcoins establish their own crypto-fiat pairings, like electroneum just announced, for example? (Starting this month, you can buy electroneum directly with euro and the Turkish lira.) What happens to bitcoin's price when m...
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Like putting lipstick on the Mona Lisa
There's a trend to write new choruses to go with verses of hymns that are hundreds of years old. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it's the aural version of putting lipstick on the Mona Lisa. 🤣 #FUELGOODTRIBE ...
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An idea of Titanic proportions
In times of crisis, it's: "Women and children first!" After successful execution of that, it's: "Every man for himself!" Wait. What about weak men? When do they get their turn? Ah, such is the nature of things. There is no space for weak men in the order of things, is there? Not in times of crisis, anyway. It follows, then, that a primary task in times of peace is to get strong and ready. #FUELGOODTRIBE ...
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Electroneum ETN is now one of the few cryptocurrencies that you can buy with fiat currencies
There are few cryptocurrencies that you can buy with government fiat currency (such as the euro and the dollar). Now electroneum is one of them. Electroneum can now be bought with euro.For most cryptocurrencies, you must first buy bitcoin to trade with. This is akin to having to buy US dollars to buy oil, in my mind. Like oil props up USD, I wonder how much other cryptocurrencies prop up BTC. Like I wonder what will happen to USD when people can buy oil with other currencies, I wonder what will ...
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What will you choose for today?
Fear is a neutral emotion, like anger is a neutral emotion. Cowardice, however, is a choice related to fear. As rage is a choice related to anger. Similarly, gratitude is a choice related to happiness. I wonder what choices I shall make today. What will you choose today? #FUELGOODTRIBE ...
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A great video to start with understanding cryptocurrencies
Just a year on, and the questions in this video seem terribly naive. (I don't think the interviewer was actually naive, but playing devil's advocate, as a responsible journalist.) For anyone wanting to learn about how cryptocurrency will change the world, though, this is still a great starting point:#FUELGOODTRIBE  ...
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Bitcoin and bitcoin cash visualised as a cute little bus terminal
This site does a fantastic job of visualising bitcoin (BTC) transactions and how they get onto the blockchain: https://txstreet.com It does the same for bitcoin cash (BCH), a breakaway cryptocurrency that claims that the original bitcoin vision has been hijacked and claims to represent that vision more closely. Just take a look at the visualisation. I don't know about you, but it makes me sad about what they've done to bitcoin BTC. And it makes me glad for innovation and freedom of choice. ...
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Special Day of the Dead screening of The Book of Life
Today, I was scrolling through Netflix, looking for something to watch. Scroll, meh. Scroll, meh. Scroll, meh. Scroll - Wait, is that The Book of Life? I caught it randomly with the family, four years ago, and found it magical. Quite mind-expanding, mystical and inspiring. So, I pressed Play, and the opening scene rolled on. A bunch of school kids were visiting a museum, and the tour guide was telling them, Today is a very special day in Mexico. Today is the Second of November, the Day of the De...
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Take a stand against censorship on the internet
The cure for fake news is real news, not less news. The cure for bad speech is more speech, not less speech. The cure for misinformation is more information, not less information. Nature abhors a vacuum. You cannot unthink a thought. You cannot choose not to think of a pink elephant. You have to think of a pink elephant with grey stripes. Now paint it with another row of grey stripes. Now you have a grey elephant once again. The censors, the book-burners, are always on the wrong ...
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Ego is about self preservation
The propensity to justify oneself, to explain things away, is primal. Like an instinct. Self-preservation on an ego level. #FUELGOODTRIBE ...
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What should be your net worth, as an average human being?
I watched this video that pointed out the total value of equity in the world is $1.5 quadrillion (rounded). That's 1,500,000,000,000,000 US dollars.There are seven billion people on earth (rounded). That's 7,000,000,000 people.So, what's your "fair share" of the dollars in the world? $214,285.714.That's about two hundred thousand US dollars (rounded). That's what you should hold in equity, if you were "average": about $200,000.Selah.#FUELGOODTRIBE (By the way, 1,500,000,000,000,000 is such an un...
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Partial truth is not enough.
Sunday School is G-rated. Sunday church services are PG-13. Public life is R-rated. Private life can be X-rated. Know what to expect. You aren't going to get enough for real life from a Sunday service. (From overarching church life, possibly.) Just showing up on Sunday mornings is not enough. Nobody is going to tell you enough of the truth to handle real life just on Sunday mornings. #FUELGOODTRIBE ...
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The Lion and the Duck: a fable for an increasingly intrusive internet
I mentioned the duck, the other day. Now I want to talk about the lion. The duck is DuckDuckGo, an alternative search engine that doesn't track you and doesn't spoonfeed you. When you search on Google, Google tracks and analyses everything you say, to create a profile of you - a virtual you that lives inside its artificial intelligence. This virtual you is used by Google and their partners to sell stuff to you. First, they sell your virtual you, then they sell stuff to you by using the vir...
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What is a fish?
As I finished my fried whole-fish today and looked at its bones, a thought occured to me: What if the meat of a fish is actually an underwater encounter-suit for a centipede? 🤔 ...
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Pity those migrant workers
"Pity those migrant workers. They were suckered with promises of high pay. Didn't they know most of it would go to pay off their debts to the people who got them here?" he thought to himself, looking out the window as he drove to work in his brand-new BMW. #FUELGOODTRIBE #irony Think about how you want to do this thing called life and work. ...
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Are you feeling good right now?
Whatever you're doing right now, you're doing because you felt you really had nothing better to do. If you don't like what you're doing right now, change your internal valuation system of what constitutes a better thing to do in this moment! Change the valuation system and the action will change and stay changed. Trying to change the action will get you one or two successes and a relapse. Change your values. That's what metanoia means. That's what repentance means. Not "feeling bad about your...
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I believe in extra-biblical truths
I believe in extra-biblical truths. And so do you. For example, I believe that water is made of hydrogen and oxygen. That's extra-biblical. I believe that electric cars transfer pollution to electricity-generating power plants. That's extra-biblical. I believe the quartz movement is more accurate than the traditional Swiss movement. That's extra-biblical. I believe coffee should be drunk without milk or sugar. That's extra-biblical. (And an opinion, what's more.) Even the Amish, who've deci...
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Have you heard of this scary digital currency?
There's a digital currency that's not backed by anything. No gold. No silver. No reserves of any kind. It exists only on a digital ledger. Although, a small portion of it is stored on printed papers with unique serial numbers denoting their value. If lost or destroyed, the value stored on those papers is gone forever. Despite being backed by nothing, this digital currency has grown exponentially in use and adoption (by the blind masses, according to its critics). These critics say that the u...
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Are you fishing yet?
What you feed grows. What if you feed "the poor"? Will the poor grow as a category? I think so. Does this mean that we stop feeding the poor? The old adage goes that if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. (Must be a big fish.) If you teach him to fish, you feed him for life. So, I don't think we should stop feeding the poor. I think we should teach them "to fish," on top of giving them fish. Give them fish so they have enough strength to learn how to fish. Then they should continue...
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Do you do what you love? Or do you love what you do?
Do you do what you love? Or do you love what you do? There's a subtle distinction that makes a world of difference. What is this difference? Do what you love, and there's no guarantee that enough others love it or even have use for it. Do you love collecting beer coasters, for example? Love what you do, and it's likely that you're already doing something that enough people value enough to pay you. And if you love doing it, you're going to be doing it well - and improving as well. In short, "...
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Life is like bowling - straight down the lane with a little curve and stay out of the gutters on either extreme
As a kid, you start with certainty. Santa is good. Satan is bad. School is good. Play is a waste of time. (Which really messed you up, because you couldn't help but play, and feel bad at the same time.) As an adolescent, you rebel. Santa is a cruel joke. The devil is the epitome of independent thought. School's a waste of time. Play is good. (So you indulge in too much of it.) As a grownup, you come to terms with paradox (hopefully). Everything contains good and bad. Every ideology has a grain...
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Why God wants to give us more than we can ask or think
Scripture says that God will give us more than we can ask or think. This is because we don't really know what we want. We ask for a million dollars, when we actually want financial liberty. God knows it takes more than a million dollars, so he gives us more than we can ask or think. That's why we must ask with openness. To have, say, "a million dollars or something better." God knows it takes more than a million dollars, and he'll try to give it. But if we're hung up on "one million dollars," w...
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I have come to love duckface
😄 Duckduckgo is a privacy search engine, Chrome extension and mobile browser. You might like it, if you don't like being spied on all the time. Join the Duck Side: duckduckgo.com #FUELGOODTRIBE ...
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How to get into the 1%
According to the maths, if you hold 0.28 of a bitcoin, you'll be in the world's 1%: https://thebitcoin.pub/t/bitcoin-is-still-at-an-early-stage-if-you-hold-0-28-btc-you-re-part-of-the-1/48398 How crazy is that? How much bitcoin do you want to own? #FUELGOODTRIBE ...
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Be reasonable with criticism of the human race
WARNINGGraphic video depicting animal sexual activity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvLZxG6pB6UA dolphin was filmed masturbating itself using a dead fish. Is that necrophilia? Is that rape? Is that bestiality? All I know is that people like to point out the goodness of animals and declare that the human race is doomed to destruction for its sins. Fact is, animals beat humans at being animals. Sure there are exceptions, but that's the norm; animals are disgusting. They're also loving, heroic a...
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If a placebo works, it's an effective cure
Placebos work sometimes. So, shouldn't the question be, "Why do placebos work and how do we standardise their efficacy?" This video really is mind-blowing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpNZoowANNU #FUELGOODTRIBE ...
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It's best to read a book in its original language
What happens if you read the Old Testament, not with modern eyes, but with ancient ears?https://youtu.be/ZmSAL2tBDLQ #FUELGOODTRIBE ...
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Like a blind man trying to find a black cat in a dark room
There's an old chestnut that theology is like a blind man trying to find a black cat in a dark room. If so, divine revelation is like a black cat calling out to a blind man in a dark room - and then healing his blindness when he finds him. When who finds whom, though? I'm intentionally ambiguous on that point. Selah. #FUELGOODTRIBE ...
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Doubt your fears
What makes you think that what you fear is real? Doubt your fears. #FUELGOODTRIBE ...
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Clean as you go
"I figure it out as I go. I don't need to know, I figure it out as I go." #FUELGOODTRIBE ...
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