Blog

Example blog post alt

Prisoners of class

The Pressures of Perfectionism. How Much Is Enough? 

 

 

The growth of the middle classes is unprecedented and highly significant. The phenomenon is absent in only a limited number of countries where the middle classes have shrunk. Statistically what is happening in China and India –the world’s most heavily-populated countries– is of great significance, as it is in Asia generally, from where nine out of 10 of the next 1 billion middle-class consumers will come. But the trend is widespread and has political consequences because the middle classes are more demanding in their insistence that governments should provide decent infrastructure and public services, institutional improvements and a functioning and reliable rule of law.

Of course, such an enormous achievement does not eradicate two problems. The first is that the growth of the middle classes does not prevent certain countries from falling into what has been dubbed the ‘middle-income trap’, a type of development that enables economies to reach a middling rank, where they proceed to get stuck. How such countries assimilate the technological revolution will be decisive in this respect. If it is to be achieved and global technological justice secured, as I and my colleagues have argued, public and private policies will need to be devised at a global level.

The second problem is that the emergence of middle classes in developing countries could clash with some of the interests of the middle classes in the developed world, who do not want to end up worse off, as occurred in the recent crisis and its uneven recovery and aftermath. A conflict of interests of this kind strengthens the populist arguments that are fuelled by the discontent among middle and lower classes that have fallen on harder times. Policies are needed to prevent such a confrontation and that implies a challenge if globalisation, in a reformed guise, is to continue and generate the fairly-distributed wealth that has given birth to a global middle class: a welcome revolution indeed.

Continue reading

Example blog post alt

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame

Anger clouds judgement & leads to poor choices. words spoken in anger can wound deeply someone we love. wars have begun in anger & led to heavy loss of life & property. romeo & juliette points this out well. a feud begun in anger led to years of fighting between 2 families & leads to tragedy when r & j have to risk their lives to love. both families lose shamefully in the end. cain & abel in the judeo christian bible is another. cain got so mad he killed his brother & wore a mark of shame for the rest of his life. what begins in anger truly does end in shame. anger needs to be kept in check so we don't do something sorely regretable. peace

Im not sure if im right, but maybe it means that if you do something when angry, without thinking about what you're doing, then once you've calmed and you've realized what you've done you'll feel shameful, maybe saying think before you act? I don't know. :)

 

I think it means that if you do something because you were angry, you will regret it soon.

I might be a little hot-headed. I might possibly, maybe, perhaps have a little, teeny-tiny temper. Just a bit. So Franklin’s quotes about anger might resonate with me, just a tad.

“Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”

It’s important to remember to step back and take a breath when you feel your head getting hot and your hands forming fists and your mouth preparing to spew something that you’ll regret.

 

“Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame. Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.” – Benjamin Franklin

 

Whatever begun in anger, ends in shame. When anger opens it hate, wisdom closes all it's outlets. In anger intellect stop working and control goes in the hands of emotions. When we cool down than we regret whatever we said or done but damage is already done. Keeping control on the anger is the highest level of wisdom.

Continue reading

Example blog post alt

In The Eye of a Personal Storm

It seems to me everyone is always having a conversation about growth these days. But how we measure our personal success, has almost become as important as achieving it. Life is really unfair and at times you actually have to literally brace the storms in your life. But if you do, you will come out stronger and experience the most fulfilling moments of my life.

Continue reading

Example blog post alt

Happiness Is Not in the Getting, Happiness Is in the Becoming

Happiness is not in the getting; happiness is in the becoming. Happiness is a universal quest. Happiness is a joy that comes as a result of positive activity. It has a wide variety of meanings, a wide variety of interpretations. Happiness is both the joy of discovery and the joy of knowing. It's the result of an awareness of the full range of life. It's opening yourself to experiences, sounds, harmonies, dreams and goals. It's the joy that comes from designing a life that practices the fine art of living well.

Continue reading

Example blog post alt

The one that got away : A letter to my EX

As if I had thrown open the drapes, sunlight flooded in. I could see the love I had been offered, the love I had driven off, the love I had denied him. As I cleaned up after his life, I saw all the opportunities I had missed to be a better, happier wife. And I got to work on my list of unmet needs. Perspective on my own mess taught me what I needed to know to do a much better job at love when I met my second husband.

Continue reading

Example blog post alt

Please Don't Embarrass Me

Satire is the art of using irony and sarcasm to communicate an idea about an individual or group of people. In a satirical poem, you must use your own clever wordsmith ability to convey what it is about the subject that deserves to be ridiculed, without being so direct that your meaning is too clearly defined. Satire is primarily a literary genre or form, although in practice it can also be found in the graphic and performing arts. In satire, vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, and society itself, into improvement.

Continue reading

Example blog post alt

Haters As A Leading Indicator Of Success

I am not suggesting that everyone who criticizes you or your product is a mindless hater and should be ignored. Far from it. But when haters start congregating around your product, listen to their criticism, evaluate its merits, don't respond, continually improve your product, and be very, very grateful that you have haters. After all, most companies have few to no haters at all. Pity them.

Continue reading

Example blog post alt

In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.

Such an amazing way to look at life: "Your enemy can be your best teacher" - Dalai Lama. Perhaps we don't have any enemies, just teachers! What you are looking for is what is looking. In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher. When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself. Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we have learned here. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and the acceptance of love back into our hearts.

Continue reading

Example blog post alt
Example blog post alt

Time, Work and Money

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party. The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them. Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.

Continue reading

Wanna Contribute to our blog articles?