Jan/Feb 2012

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(This is an excerpt—click on the title to view the whole piece!)


To say that we live by imagination is to say that we must live without certainty. The idea is dizzying. Without firm objectivity we have no center, no gravity to hold us down to the real world. We float off into our individual orbits like so many lunatics in hot-air balloons. But the fact is we have managed quite nicely with little more than imagination as our means of understanding ourselves and the world around us.

Thomas J. Hubschman


The Confidence Man Explains the Long Con

They are selling you real estate you already own. They are collecting rent on your shackles. And most of the time you're happy to pay. Doesn't that beat all? We are all too happy to pay to avoid being who we are.

Stanley Jenkins