Blurred Lines

Walking the tight rope of life entails keeping an eye on the past, projecting into the future, and struggling to stay in the present. When it comes to money, I often find myself making projections into the future: a month from now, 6 months from now, a year from now, 5 years from now, a decade from now, decades from now. So often, I’m planning for the future, I find myself struggling to stay in the present. I know that the ultimate goal of all this future oriented goal planning is not to spend the present projecting the future, but often times I feel like all I am wasting the present for a future that has not yet arrived.

Continue reading

Inverting Chains of Habit

There’s a quip that Warren Buffett likes to throw around frequently which goes along the lines of:

The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.

What’s the first impression you got after reading that? That’s right: a negative impression. You most likely thought of the negative consequences of habit. Things like hookers, blow, needles, hooch, etc.

While it’s advisable to avoid these things in life, there is a whole other side of the equation of that nugget of wisdom that takes a little more effort to ferret out.

Continue reading

The Problem with Atheist Vegans: Or the Problem with Ideology

Well, apparently writing about philosophy has me thinking even more about philosophy. It got me thinking of a problem a friend of mine has with me: why I always seem to be sitting on the fence in terms of issues. In this specific case with this friend, why I can’t seem to come out on a concrete position on atheism and veganism.

Continue reading

A Philosopher at Heart

I grew up fascinated by history. I loved it in elementary school. I loved it in high school. I decided to study it in college. I studied it at the undergraduate and graduate level. What I never realized was that it wasn’t necessarily history that I loved – I enjoyed history as it was a discipline trying to piece together what happened in the past. More specifically, it is constantly searching for the truth. Although I don’t believe we can ever know the full truth when looking back on history, the discipline is obsessed with getting as close to it as it can. And that’s what I love, this relentless pursuit of the truth. And through the pursuit of truth lies the path to wisdom.

Continue reading

Advice from Li Ka-shing: One of the Richest Men in the World

This must have left an impact on me as it was sitting in a Word document buried in one of my folders somewhere on my computer. Li Ka-shing, Asia’s richest man, shared his advice on how to build a rich life. I’m not exactly sure where I got this from as I had only copy and pasted the article without a source. Take from it what you will: I think there is always something intelligent to take away from a story of success.

Continue reading