Why does America have so many monopolies? – Big Think


Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Dewey Defeats Truman NOT Day? When Harry S. Truman went to bed on November 2 in 1948, he was losing the election for president of the United States to Thomas E. Dewey. Chicago Daily Tribune printers were out on strike so the editors had to guess at the outcome of the election and picked the wrong one. The next morning, Truman learned he had won. The famous photo of Truman holding up the paper was taken on this day.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“For myself, losing is not coming second. It’s getting out of the water knowing you could have done better. For myself, I have won every race I’ve been in.”

— Ian Thorpe

A retired teacher embarks on a mission to find out what became of a beloved student | Aeon Videos

Stories that Inspire…

The Weight of the Glass

Once upon a time a psychology professor walked around on a stage while teaching stress management principles to an auditorium filled with students.

As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the typical “glass half empty or glass half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, the professor asked, “How heavy is this glass of water I’m holding?”

Students shouted out answers ranging from eight ounces to a couple pounds.

She replied, “From my perspective, the absolute weight of this glass doesn’t matter. It all depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute or two, it’s fairly light. If I hold it for an hour straight, its weight might make my arm ache a little. If I hold it for a day straight, my arm will likely cramp up and feel completely numb and paralyzed, forcing me to drop the glass to the floor. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it feels to me.”

As the class shook their heads in agreement, she continued, “Your stresses and worries in life are very much like this glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and you begin to ache a little. Think about them all day long, and you will feel completely numb and paralyzed – incapable of doing anything else until you drop them.”

The moral: It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses and worries. No matter what happens during the day, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the night and into the next day with you. If you still feel the weight of yesterday’s stress, it’s a strong sign that it’s time to put the glass down.

The Useful Crisis

The useful crisis

The Cuban Missile Crisis was an actual crisis. The world was hours away from being annihilated–gone forever, all of us.

Since then, the media has exploited (and invented) crises on a regular basis, now more than ever, often at the expense of focusing our attention on chronic conditions, which are the real challenges.

Today’s election day in the US, and the whole world is watching. Even with mail-in voting, it’s mostly a one-day thing. A useful crisis, a chance to encourage millions of people to get involved, at least a little. The last time around, only 80,000 votes separated the outcome, a truly tiny fraction of the population who didn’t show up and vote but could have.

While the Tonkin crisis accelerated the US’s involvement in Vietnam, it was the chronic and persistent war that truly took a toll. We notice the amplified moments but the long haul is often invisible. And media like Twitter make it 140 times worse.

A crisis doesn’t have to be a negative event. A wedding is a crisis–one ceremony, one day, over and done. All eyes, all attention, all on this moment. That’s why we do it–even though the chronic condition of the marriage itself is always more important. And we do the same thing for job interviews and product launches as well.

Today’s the launch day for my new book, The Practice. People asked me why I would waste the focus and crisis of a launch on a day when everyone is going to be talking about something else. I did it partly because I know you can handle two things at once, and would probably want to find something to fill your time while you were waiting for the results. And mostly because The Practice is about the long haul, the persistent posture of creation and possibility. I’d love to have an exciting launch day (I’ll be posting some hoopla details later today) but I’m far more interested in what the people who go first do with the book after they read it. Tomorrow, next month and next year.

It doesn’t make sense to waste a good crisis, but it also hurts us when we are only concerned with them.

Please vote today if you can, and then let’s all try to find a way to work together to figure out how to focus on the persistent, chronic conditions that we can each do something about.

Courtesy: Seth Godin’s Newsletter

Legerity : W.O.T.D.

lə-JER-ih-teePart of speech: nounOrigin: Middle French, mid 16th century
1Lightness in movement or action; nimbleness, agility; (later also) flexibility of mind; mental agility.2Lack of weight or weightiness; lightness of touch or feeling.
Examples of Legerity in a sentence “The lambs pranced with a sense of legerity.” 
“Astronauts experience a feeling of legerity when in outer space.”

Random Paragraph

He wondered if he should disclose the truth to his friends. It would be a risky move. Yes, the truth would make things a lot easier if they all stayed on the same page, but the truth might fracture the group leaving everything in even more of a mess than it was not telling the truth. It was time to decide which way to go.


AndragogyAN-drə-gah-jeePart of speech: nounOrigin: Greek, 1920s
1The method and practice of teaching adult learners.2Adult education.
Examples of Andragogy in a sentence “I prefer andragogy; I work better with adults than with kids.” “Since she was teaching adult learners this time, she had to quickly adapt to techniques of andragogy.”

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is the birthday of Daniel Boone (1734)? Daniel Boone was an American pioneer, explorer, a woodsman, and a frontiersman, whose exploits made him one of the first folk heroes of the United States. Boone is most famous for his exploration and settlement of what is now Kentucky. Celebrate Boone’s birthday by wearing a coonskin cap!


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?”

— Abraham Lincoln

In the chaos of raising a toddler there lies a path to nirvana | Psyche Ideas

What do you get and what does it cost?

What do you get and what does it cost?

This is pretty easy to discuss when we’re discussing buying an ice cream sandwich. It costs $2, you get an ice cream sandwich.

It gets a little more nuanced when we talk about what $2 means to you, what the freedom to choose is worth, the guilt or joy you get from eating a sugary dessert all on your own, the fun of sharing it with a friend, your narrative about hormones and livestock… Maybe it’s not that easy after all.

And so we get to the sometimes subtle calculation of voting.

Tomorrow in the US is voting day. It apparently doesn’t cost anything to vote–just a few minutes of time. But it actually can feel like it costs a lot, because it comes with cognitive load, with decision making, with a feeling of power or futility or connection or loneliness. If you don’t vote, it’s a lot easier to deny any responsibility.

A year ago, I was standing in line at an ice cream stand in Syracuse, NY. A person in front of me took more than two minutes (a long time when it’s a long line!) to make up their mind, and even let two other people jump ahead because it was so hard (which means, also, so fun) to be undecided. That’s a choice, and the date certain of voting pushes us to move through that state…

But along with these costs, voting comes with the feeling of participation. Even if you don’t think your vote counts, others do. People are paying attention, and over time, it adds up.

And it comes with the feeling of generosity, because you can vote to advance the well-being of someone who needs to be seen even more than you do.

If you’re a habitual non-voter, it’s worth wondering for a moment about the calculation you use to keep that streak going, and perhaps consider exploring the feelings that come when you break that streak.

Not just tomorrow, but in all the ways, and on all the days, when we don’t speak up, don’t raise our hands and don’t vote.
courtesy: Seth Godin’s Newsletter