85 Is it material?
October 20, 2020

Word play When I was in grade school and had a cast on my arm, boys in the class alarmed me describing the machine that cuts off the cast. They said it cuts through the plaster but does not cut…

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84 Is there evil?
October 16, 2020

Meaning clarified Article 12 teaches that you are the light that reveals the happiness around you. Light carries warmth, spreading happiness. Light illuminates, making the happiness visible. Think of it as a bidirectional flow of cause and perception. Alternatively, think…

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83 I’m only one, but
October 13, 2020

The foundation You create the new world by perceiving it. Success coaches have been criticized for citing a law of attraction by which your environment manifests what is in your mind. They probably mean that you think your way to…

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82 Human reallocation
October 9, 2020

Stories An amused hayseed watched the automated orange juice machine slice and squeeze his orange for him. He was less amused when the cup stuck in the chute and failed to catch the juice. In his old farmer drawl, he…

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81 Demographics and history
October 6, 2020

Problem: We want to rule I want what I want when I want it. You are here to provide it for me. That is the earliest feeling I can remember. Have you outgrown it better than I have? I still…

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80 The power is in you
October 2, 2020

Story: Owl II Let’s continue the story of Owl (article 79), the candidate who would not scream “incompetent.” He found a need and filled it (article 56). How did he do it? He gathered private financing for services the government…

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79 How this is done
September 29, 2020

Stories Illinois Governor Richard Ogilvie put his full strength behind the state’s first income tax that proved vital to the state’s financial recovery. After he lost the next election, he wistfully commented that he probably couldn’t be elected to the…

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September 29, 2020

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78 Why are you not effective?
September 25, 2020

Stories If you wanted a favor from me, would you run up to me and say, “I am going to fight you”? Do you come to a job interview to say, “Here are my demands; I am going to fight…

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77 Do not kill unbelievers
September 22, 2020

You already know this This is self-evident: People who lean on you for validation are so insecure that they beg for your reinforcing belief.“I know beyond a shadow of a doubt” hides “I am trying to convince myself (and I’m…

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76 Do not protest; do!
September 18, 2020

Activism without demands or protests? Article 75 approved democratic decision making. It also reminded us “We cannot change the temperature of the ocean by popular vote.” Some fundamental objectives cannot be realized by voting. Wouldn’t this be nice? Why don’t…

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75 Who will tie the bell?
September 15, 2020

Story 1: mice The mouse convention proudly announced their best safety measure to date: tie a bell on the cat so that they always have warning of the predator’s approach. The jubilation halted abruptly when an elderly mouse asked the…

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74 Supply Pipe
September 11, 2020

Values Disclaimer: This is not economics; this is human thought. I am a thoughtful person, and the principles expressed here are my personal tools for understanding my life and surroundings. Economists are probably dismayed by my every sentence, thinking “Why…

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73 Intelligence over Obstacles
September 8, 2020

Hard-wired Do we separate “us” from “them”? Neuropsychologists tell us that we are hard-wired to do so. However, they also tell us that we are hard-wired for cooperation. Let us accept that cooperation occurs among humans to reduce our separation.…

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72 More Mind Games
September 4, 2020

I’m not letting go of eternal life! The mind games of article 61 and article 62 continue to haunt me and beckon me to exist forever. Let us add one more thought to those articles. Metaphysics of eternal existence The…

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71 Breaks my heart
September 1, 2020

The stories Article 55 quoted Zig Ziglar: “You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” The emphasis was on relating to other people, accommodating their needs and being…

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70 They don’t fit
August 28, 2020

The story At University of Chicago, my physics professor (structure of matter course) tricked us with a priceless lesson. The homework solution was not an exact answer. We were to place sixteen readings into a four-by-four table so that they…

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69 Shoes to fill
August 25, 2020

In 1961 I entered the University of Chicago a decade after the founding of radio station WFMT where the cofounder Rita Jacobs (later Willens) was famous for beseeching listeners on air “Is anybody out there listening? We’re broke.” The station…

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68 Do we measure?
August 21, 2020

My last post declared my change in outlook: to write for you, not for me. I cited the Mirasee LIFT conference as the example of moving forward together. It was indeed moving; it moved me to draw us together consciously.…

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67 Teaching is not dispensing
August 18, 2020

It is an exchange For three days last week I profoundly enjoyed the LIFT convention presented by Mirasee. Danny Iny, with his wife and his brother, touched us all very deeply. There were stimulating guest presentations, but the most rewarding…

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66 Teach me!
August 14, 2020

Last week’s invitation to disagree served many purposes. You immediately realized that you are safe here and do not have to agree with the owner. That reassurance lets you value the knowledge you bring. Your sense of value stimulates your…

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65 Is it a commandment?
August 11, 2020

“This is not a request. This is an order.” That is the movie version of today’s topic. The Sunday school version is the pupil’s question, “Is the rule against smoking a commandment?” People seem to need certainty. Preachers tend to…

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64 Please disagree
August 7, 2020

Today’s title is a special request. The article explains how to carry it out. The jovial expression in the staged photo communicates something other than despair. That lighthearted view of disagreement is quite different from serious conflict. High-energy union in…

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63 Be sad yesterday
August 4, 2020

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.Kahlil Gibran What a relief! The sorrow comes first. The carving tool gets out of the way before you fill the vessel. Most of the search results…

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62 Eternal life
July 31, 2020

What I am now could have been described before I was born (article 61). That description is not predestination. Superhuman powers did not inescapably determine my present state. There was a necessary and irreversible history leading up to now. It…

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61 You become what you eat
July 28, 2020

Can you become independent of your physical being? We grow by looking at something bigger than what we are now. Those things are not hard to find. I am small compared to things of which I am aware. That feeling…

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60 Accomplish anything together?
July 24, 2020

What is the benefit of settled safety? The miracle of cooperation allows humans to achieve nearly anything. This is the promise of the Ernstraudian Way, the reason we are here together. The principle Fairness equalizes participants in democracy. In a…

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59 Let freedom ring
July 21, 2020

The Ernstraudian Way grew out of a discussion of togetherness: sharing happiness in mutual support settings. We want the fruits of cooperation. Humans need personal interaction. The quality of our relationships is the foundation of achievement and progress. Individuals and…

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58 Why try to be happy?
July 17, 2020

“Happiness is a journey, not a destination; happiness is to be found along the way not at the end of the road, for then the journey is over and it’s too late. The time for happiness is today not tomorrow.” – Paul H Dunn. Searching “happiness” for a suitable blog name…

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57 We achieve what we want
July 14, 2020

We have shared some heavy discussions. Here are outrageous exaggerations and oversimplifications that take a lighter look just for the fun of it. Sometimes wise things are said in jest. A few undefined dogmas Public demonstrations look like requests for…

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56 If not self, who?
July 10, 2020

When I was in early grade school, the most popular political satirist was Al Capp. In his comic strip Li’l Abner, the neighborhood youth in Dogpatch built a spaceship. The government was not able to do that because of all…

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55 Self stands in the way
July 7, 2020

One afternoon before reaching teen-age, I did battle with my mother. There was something about school that I thought she did not understand from my viewpoint. I stormed out of the house angry. There was a friendly nature park in…

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54 Anti-Christ?
July 3, 2020

The Trauma – An Allegory Three-year-old Miguel pressed tight against the back of the couch, frozen with terror, while the robber bludgeoned Miguel’s aged grandfather to death using the only heavy article in the room: a large heirloom crucifix that…

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53 Let’s talk
June 30, 2020

If you read this, you are my friend. Sounds familiar? Of course, it is not exclusive. I have few readers and many friends. What matters is that you know you are my friends. Today’s title started as “Let’s talk about…

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52 Definition of God
June 26, 2020

“Do you believe in God?”“I do not understand the question.” This is my answer in a court of law. The court does not have time to define “God.” The undefined question has no answer. If you please, I can give…

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51 Duality in dreams
June 23, 2020

Prerequisite: read article 50 Dreaming failure.This article 51 is the second of two parts. In the original dream, the superintendent finished with the additional words, “Surely you didn’t think I opened the entire building exclusively for you?” Does that question…

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50 Dreaming failure
June 19, 2020

My presence entered the building hesitantly, floating in like a photography drone getting a closer view. Unaware of the exterior of the building, I recalled no means of conveyance that had delivered me present in mind and not body. Dreams…

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49 The real perspective on wealth
June 16, 2020

What can you do with a lot of money? People who are there (wealthy) tend to have a realistic grasp on the benefits and the limitations. The rest of us tend to have wild dreams, unrealistic expectations of what we…

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48 Go after the king
June 12, 2020

My father taught me about life by teaching me chess. Although I achieved no proficiency, the lessons enriched my understanding. I remember them thoughtfully and fondly. Dad was able to lure me into capturing one of his chess pieces at…

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47 Made-for-you (MFY)
June 9, 2020

In my current business, I was offered made-for-you startup packages. Companies, trainers, and coaches were eager to sell complete systems they had used so that I would get the same results. I did not buy. There are flaws in the…

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46 Difference is essential to meaning
June 5, 2020

After my contracts course in law school, Professor Levin taught an exam review session. I was uncomfortable because his position was quite different from mine on almost every issue. Later he posted grades and returned the test booklets to us.…

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45 Sharing the pain
June 2, 2020

This quote has been a beacon in my life. Lord, Number us we beseech thee in the ranks of those who went forth from this university longing only for those things for which thou doest make us long; men for…

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44 Production for use
May 29, 2020

Stories The sailors were restless on the deck and in their cabins. Drills had been completed for the day and there was ample time to worry in silence. Suddenly the loudspeakers blared out “We have received our orders. We are…

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43 Price of safety?
May 26, 2020

Article 11 of this blog considered how we use our time on the world stage. Article 17 raised issues of sharing resources among the whole human family. Today we consider the cheerful aspect of morbidity. I have seen a billboard…

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42 Placeholder
May 25, 2020

Blog articles appear on Tuesdays and Fridays. Additional articles appear in Ernstraud School. A common numbering system keeps both places synchronized. This placeholder tells you that the paid course contains the real (additional) article 42. Guests read one blogpost per…

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41 Think first!
May 22, 2020

Richard Feynman, Nobel laureate in Physics, explained that he maximized his utility by multiplying the need for a task by his ability to perform it. People regarded some things more urgent than physics research, but his skill set did not…

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40 Expect better? Always?
May 19, 2020

When we are aware of the beauty around us, we are making the world better by thinking it better. Wishing it better is not the same. Usually “wishing” implies “unfactual.” Saying “I wish this were so” expresses the feeling “this…

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39 I want this result, but
May 15, 2020

Four steps to resolution “I want this result, but …” precedes failure. It is a self-limiting belief. Success follows “I want this result bad.” That is an ungrammatical way of stating a goal. Today we seek the sweet spot between…

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38 The Ernstraudian Way
May 12, 2020

We have been creating our own worlds—first mentally and then tangibly. We are doing this with two methods: (a) we picture our preferred conditions until we perceive them around us and (b) we act on our environment to realize those…

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37 Lose job – keep house
May 8, 2020

Let’s continue Tuesday’s discussion around “you lose your job, you lose your house.” Obviously, I was looking for better than that: namely, that everyone keeps an appropriate dwelling regardless of employment vagaries. That is practical stability. Housing swaps occur when…

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Row of Silos
36 Silo worlds
May 5, 2020

Individual worlds of our own creation vary according to our perceptions and experiences. Unresolved differences leave our planet inhabited by a large collection of separated silo worlds. For example, the current market system couples individual occupation to individual housing; you…

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35 Martians or Covid19?
May 1, 2020

For decades, there have been movies depicting invasion of Earth by hostile Martians. The story lines have climaxed in worldwide coming together for human survival. Today the invading force is a virus instead. It is sad to contemplate that it…

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Milky Way
34 I will get them
April 28, 2020

“Protect me from the things I want,for I will get them!” My father taught me this saying early in life. It now fits into our study of attitude. We have learned to divert attention away from confrontation and away from…

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axe chopping a log
33 We go where we look
April 24, 2020

My mind walks out on sermons that focus on evil that is overtaking the world. My sermons here illuminate and appreciate improvement that is permeating the world. Same world? Different outlook! The last article declared that we do not climb…

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32 Where do you look?
April 21, 2020

I have no use for newscasts showing major fires. That information is useful to the fire department, but it does nothing to enrich my life. Let us shift our attention away from this kind of news. This suggestion is not…

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31 Should you resist?
April 17, 2020

To many athletes, resistance training is the preferred exercise for increasing muscle size. If there is no load (stress) placed on muscles, they do not enlarge. Resistance equipment is appropriate in a gym. It is not appropriate if you are…

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30 Picture this
April 14, 2020

Let us eliminate bicycle theft by producing so many bicycles that nobody will perceive stealing a bicycle as an increase in wealth. We remove the motive by reducing to zero the marginal value of one more bicycle. The larger economy…

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29 Are your toes stepped on?
April 9, 2020

Covid-19 stay-at-home reminder: “Stepped on toes” is strictly metaphorical. Are your toes stepped on occasionally? If not, you are not close enough together. While I was tuning a piano, the owner was having difficulty moving a bookcase across the living…

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28 Worshipful attention from our children?
April 7, 2020

Do you want your children to admire you?  How about worshipful attention?  Are the two differentiable? Worshipful attention appears sweet until, like sugar, it has negative impact.  Happily, I watched Shakespeare’s King Lear before begetting children.  I knew it was…

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27 Humans’ Needs = the F.I.S.H.
April 3, 2020

Before starting this blog, I was writing Ernstraud Magazine sporadically.  That climaxed on February 11, 2019 with an analysis of humans’ needs.  The acronym there was the FISH, meaning Fundamental Ingredients Sustaining Humans.  They are important enough to list again…

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26 Educate everybody?
March 31, 2020

Education was presented last week as the redemptive function of prison. It is most effective in a nurturing environment. Will implementing that upgrade make people on the outside jealous? Not if their own needs are being met.  We readily share…

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25 Redemption through education
March 27, 2020

I admit my mistakes more easily when other people are helping me to improve.  My admission is an agreement with others to make progress, and the very best kind is admission to myself that I can do better. The February…

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24 See through a wooden fence
March 23, 2020

You can look through a wooden fence and see the yard it encloses if there are vertical gaps between the boards.  Typically, the boards may be four to six inches wide and the gaps may be approximately half an inch…

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23 “9 to 5” ain’t all bad
March 20, 2020

Cranking up this blog involved countless lessons in solopreneurship.  Entrepreneurship is assumed to be a livelihood; blogging is not.  After I get my book-in-progress together, time will tell whether there is enough participation here to sell enough books to keep…

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22 Rising above altruism
March 17, 2020

On one level, the word altruism is the empty set.  It has a definition but contains no elements.  Why no substance?  Psychological hedonism teaches that selfless concern for others gives satisfaction, which is a selfish reward.  (Nothing is completely selfless.) …

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21 The drumbeat of being needed
March 13, 2020

The good drumbeat The past several posts have described a pattern:  surround yourself with beauty, become aware of the beauty, and share the beauty with others.  This is a people-oriented progression when it refers to the beauty in people.  The…

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20 What is the big picture?
March 10, 2020

Relax!  Today’s article links you to your world without requiring you to save that world.  Humans enjoy context (the big picture, your world).  This is comforting if you agree with Friday’s message that the world is beautiful.  Now we consider…

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19 Engulfed in Beauty
March 6, 2020

Pediatric medicine regularly involves decorating the child’s room.  Children are responsive to cheerful environment; it promotes healing.  Admitted or ignored, the same applies to adults.  Dr. King brought us hope by teaching us to see the beauty of the promised…

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18 When better does not mean more
March 3, 2020

“More is better.”  So goes most advertising:  measure something and increase the number.  It works pretty well for gasoline mileage and typing speed. Someday someone will ask whether you are measuring the right thing.  If you are not, why increase…

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follow-the-dots sample
17 Being for (and aware of) others
February 28, 2020

About the time I began public school, one of my pleasures was follow-the-dots drawing books.  Simple designs were obvious from the positions of the numbered dots.  In more complex drawings the numbering sequence called for running lines through the figures…

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