Life

"How to Help Millennials Learn the Truth About Socialism"

Fine idea.

But we have to share our stories no matter how dreadful we feel because a good personal story makes a complex concept such as socialism easy to understand; it sparks people's emotions and keeps them engaged; it inspires empathy and action. Maya Angelou once said, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

So if you are a survivor of socialism, whether from the former Soviet Union, China, Cuba or Venezuela, speak up and share your stories.


"Meet Is Murder"

Virginia Heffernan asks a good question:

They’re boring. They’re useless. Everyone hates them. So why can’t we stop having meetings?

The only explanation I've seen that makes sense is that the third assertion is untrue: a lot of people like meetings. Some because they're friendly and extroverted. Some because they like to hear themselves talk. And some because they feel that however bad meetings are they're better than actual work.


"On Marrying the Wrong Person"

An interesting, if not terribly surprising, look at the mistakes people make in selecting someone to marry.

Anyone we could marry would, of course, be a little wrong for us. It is wise to be appropriately pessimistic here. Perfection is not on the cards. Unhappiness is a constant. Nevertheless, one encounters some couples of such primal, grinding mismatch, such deep-seated incompatibility, that one has to conclude that something else is at play beyond the normal disappointments and tensions of every long-term relationship: some people simply shouldn’t be together.

(This paragraph is accompanied by a picture of Charles and Di.)

Also on marriage: 

"5 Ways You Know It's Time to Get Married".

"Just HOW long should you know someone before tying the knot?"