Writing: Words in Action #2 Spanish philosopher George Santayana once said that people who forget the past repeat mistakes they made in the past. We live in a world that would leave even the most blithe citizens in a crestfallen state of mind. In just the past six months there have been several incredibly tragic and horrific events that have taken place here in the United States, including the Sandy Hook tragedy in Newtown Connecticut, and this past Monday in Boston, Massachusetts, at the annual Boston marathon. Once again being repeated there was the Newtown tragedy where a potentially lamentable young man entered a school full of young children and proceeded to fire the weapon he was carrying killing 26 total, mostly children. One of the fallouts from this has been the contentious battles between the people who believe in the right to bear arms, such as the NRA (National Rifle Association) and those that are fighting for more strict gun control laws. Then this past Monday in Boston, on Patriots Day, a misnomer of a name this year, as runners were crossing the finish line looking for respite, and others were in the crowd cheering the runners on, two successive explosions went off, killing at least three and causing over one hundred injuries with many ending in various limb amputations. The people that are involved in these tragedies are severely sick and disturbed and/or looking to profess some sect or terrorist group demented beliefs. We are living in very dangerous times with psychos that continue to repeat past similar horrors. We must never forget our past and by recognizing and remembering these unfortunate and heartbreaking events, government officials and citizens can take extra precautions to help prevent these things from happening again. It is imperative that horrific events such as the persecution of the Jews by the Nazis, and mass murders be remembered. I one hundred percent agree with Santayana’s philosophy because it is factual. If people do not try to recognize mistakes and fix and avoid them, then the mistakes will keep reoccurring. Including the present ongoing issue on gun control in the United States, murders and such unfortunately will not cease unless guns are prohibited for the common man. In personal opinion, no person…
loud, but it's so beautiful that you can't make yourself care.
So I bought it, but I bought it, for the first time, with misgivings. I felt the way I'd feel buying something made in a country with a bad human rights record. That was new. In the past when I bought things from Apple it was an unalloyed pleasure. Oh boy! They make such great stuff. This time it felt like a Faustian bargain. They make such great stuff, but they're such assholes. Do I really want to support this company?
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Feedback is crucial. That’s obvious: It improves performance, develops talent, aligns expectations, solves problems, guides promotions and pay and boosts the bottom line. But it’s also equally obvious that in many organizations it doesn’t work. ( Sheila Heen and Douglas Stone 2014). In this article the author has accustomed various illustration on how we have to sportively acquire the feedback that one receives from his/her bosses, peers or subordinates. One such example,…
“The existence of forgetting has never been proved: We only know that some things don't come to mind when we want them," Friedrick Nietzsche. By that token such a surplus of life changing events, people and experiences seem to escape me when they are needed the most. In all of the hustle and bustle of my twenty years one place remains ingrained in me like yesterday – my families old farm house. What a humble building on some land that soon became a sanctuary for me…
18 Common Work E-mail Mistakes
Andrew G. Rosen, On Tuesday January 18, 2011, 2:10 pm EST
Most of us rely on e-mail as one of our primary communication tools. And given the number of messages we send and receive, we do it with remarkable success.
But as with anything, the more e-mails we send, the more likely we are to screw one up. And simple e-mail mistakes can be disastrous. They can cost us a raise, promotion--even…
Grave mistake: bushranger Ben Hall may be buried elsewhere
Author Peter Bradley believes he has new evidence suggesting the marked grave in Forbes does not contain his famed relative
theguardian.com, Thursday 14 November 2013 00.30 GMT
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Ben Hall Bushranger Ben Hall, who met his end in 1865. Photograph: Peter Bradley
An author and relative of the notorious 19th century bushranger Ben Hall has begun…
“In the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding on the back of the tiger ended up inside.”
- John F. Kennedy
When individuals come into a position of power, where the definition of control becomes a new one according to their own point of view, they usually open a feeling in their minds that whatever decision they make that directly conflicts the lives of other people, that they shouldn’t feel responsible at all. That’s when power corrupts the minds of these people.
Corruption is something…
in that awkwardly lit, loud, dead floored place was worth it.
Life lessons are powerful and will help you a lot in life. Lessons from wise words, others mistakes, or even your own are helpful and prevent the same mistake from happening twice. Those days you get to hang out as a team for a couple of hours and listen to the stories of mistakes to aid you in the right direction. The gym holds more untold secrets than a sneaky teenager. No family member can hold in a secret about themselves while in…
of her name
her own. She is a seductive and promiscuous woman. Only the illusory
image, which she tries to create for herself, suggests these traits,
but her true nature is not like that at all. She constantly tries to
hide her embarrassing past from her new acquaintances, because she
fears that they might not accept her anymore. In order to maintain
her apparent social status among her new neighbors and friends, she
builds an intertwined net of lies, which creates a false image of…
Crucial conversations take place every day. Often times, conversations have ulterior motives from one party or another, and can affect outcomes in all areas. The last crucial conversation that I participated in was with an employee that I oversee. This person has been struggling with their follow through and delivery of materials for the projects that I oversee. This individual and I have spoken several times about the need to improve in those areas and I have provided…
and honestly who cares? Specifically however, points out that we as a society will avoid a conversation the more important and or critical it becomes regardless if this is in a personal, business and or health situation. If we decide to take on a crucial conversation we will handle in one of three ways: avoid it, face it and handle it poorly or face it and handle it well. As with most human nature we will always take the path of least resistance.
Avoidance and the problem will go away, I have exhibited…