The Good Life

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Half-full, Half-empty, or Twice the Size it Needs to Be?

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Submitted by Antony Reed on Sun, 2006-04-30 13:59

The "Glass" question always gets me thinking. Why would one allow so much unfilled space? Sure, a pessimist may see the glass as half-empty and if one is a pessimist, I could understand the lack of motivation to change the situation...

However, what good is it to merely see the glass as half-full? Many people may hold hope for the future, but never take action to better their situation. Sure, they are still seen as optimists, but feeling things will be better, and MAKING things better, are completely different.

Why should anyone be happy with half of a life? Are there people in your life that drain you? Do you feel you are obligated to certain things in your life that, if you really looked at them, are no good for you? Is guilt a ball and chain you carry around, making your life only half-empty/half-full? Is your true person different than the one you show the world? Then no wonder.

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Submitted by eg on Thu, 2006-03-30 23:25

Today, March 29, MSK on Objectiist Living, attacks Linz, though not by name, for intolerance. What he and Barbara Branden have in common is the establishment and maintenance of as broad an Objectivist community as possible under the "toleration" rubric. Michael: Ayn Rand was "intolerant." Do you know what you are doing?


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Maybe, perhaps (words never used by Dagny T.) — by eg on Mon, 2006-04-03 20:26
Related? — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-04-03 18:26
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Frank Lloyd Wright: Sprawl Is Good

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-02-01 00:55

"Urban sprawl is one of the greatest enemies of good urban design," say some. I don't agree. Lack of choice created by a lack of freedom is the greatest enemy -- 'sprawl' gives people choices: the alternative is mandatory slums. Frank Lloyd Wright's 1932 concept of the 'Broadacre City' -- while somewhat nebulous, and by no means a libertarian vision; it includes for example the idea of benevolent architectural dictators -- shows at least that sprawl is not the enemy. Lack of choice, and lack of imagination are. Wright's concept of the 'disappearing city' represented an abundance of choices of how to live.

"Wright's pattern is closer to today's sprawl than it is to a city, but it is not the same as today's sprawl."

There should be as many kinds of houses as there are kinds of people and as many differentiations as there are different individuals. A man who has individuality (and what man lacks it?) has a right to its expression in his own environment. Wright 1908

[The houses in Broadacre City] would be especially suited in plan and outline to the ground, where they would make more of gardens and fields and nearby woods than now, insuring perpetual unity in variety. Wright 1932, 8-9

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Epicurus on Freedom and Happiness

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Submitted by younkins on Sat, 2006-01-14 17:58

Epicurus (341-270 BC), a major philosopher of the Hellenistic period, largely relied upon Democritus for his materialistic and atomistic theory of nature. However, he does modify Democritus’ metaphysics because of its skeptical and deterministic implications. Epicurus based his physics on Democritus's foundations, but discovered that Democritus had no distinguishing ethical doctrine and, therefore, Epicurus had to formulate his own objective ethics. He went on to formulate a self-centered moral philosophy in which the individual person is the realm of moral enterprise.


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Holiday Reprise - Making Life Extraordinary

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Submitted by Ashley on Mon, 2006-01-02 05:10

When Joe asked me to speak, I was concerned about choosing a topic I would feel comfortable speaking about while standing amidst giants. Given that we are in New York City today, one topic seemed appropriate. It has been burned into my head for almost a year now, and when I heard that our conference would be held here it became clear, as it has personal significance.

I have always been enthralled by the vision of an airplane making its way across the sky. Whether in an office or home, walking on the sidewalk or riding in my car, the flash of sunlight on steel was enough to make me take pause-a moment to dream, to imagine something enormous, as big as the sky itself. This feeling has stayed with me from childhood. Perhaps it has contributed to my love for travel; even the fact that I sometimes fly several times per month for work never diminished my fascination with planes and airports.

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St.-Exupery — by AdamReed on Mon, 2006-01-09 05:02
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