Category: Daily observations

Is Common Sense Defeating Your Thinking Power?

by Maurizio Bisogno Is it because we fear the hostility of others that we do not question the status quo? Our capacity to doubt can be shattered by an inner sense that convention of society must have a firm basis, even if we are not exactly sure what this may be. Does it seem unlikely to you that our society could be seriously mistaken in its beliefs? Do you fear you would be alone in noticing that? My suggestion is that you should not suffocate your doubts and follow the flock but turn to the philosophers for help. You may

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Obvious Secrets Sold As Revelations

I am starting a new section on my website and I will dedicate it to practical questions; I mean politics, books and everyday popular topics. I will start with a book. First, I am giving some general impressions then I will publish notes and observations that will come up along my reading. Hopefully, you will enjoy and subscribe to my newsletter. Thank you and have a nice day. I don’t buy a certain book because I share the point of view of the author, but because I want to know what the author is saying and how can he or

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How to Reduce Weight with Philosophy

Here’s how. Stimulated by a friend’s question, we start with two quotes from Diogenes: What’s the best time for dinner? “If one is rich, whenever he wants, if one is poor, when he can.” “If only it was easy to make hunger disappear by rubbing your belly as it is with sex.” You are following a diet that has greatly reduced the amount of food you can eat, now you complain that you have to abstain from eating as much food as you like and that hunger torments you. First, I ask you to look carefully at the reasons why

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Defiance or Submission, Courage or Acquiescence?

“Then fifteen, Montaigne was out in the street, for the Collège had suspended classes during the violence. He witnessed the killing of Moneins, a scene he never forgot. It raised in his mind, perhaps for the first time, a question that would haunt the entire Essays in varying guises: whether it was better to win an enemy’s respect by an open defiance, or to throw yourself on his mercy and hope to win him by submission or an appeal to his better self.” (S. Bakewell) In the film The White Tiger the Indian slave combines both those attitudes according to

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What is that you are actually earning?

We continue with this article the reflection on how much you are actually earning and how to evaluate it correctly. Thousands and thousands of people, who are earning the same amount of money as you are, keep their job to survive; they fatten the bank accounts of high level managers and stockholders. As the years go by, you realize that to realize something slightly more interesting, for example to buy a new car or send your children to a good school, or buy a house, you will have to enter the debt spiral, if you are not been already caught

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How much do you earn?

Did you enjoy the sunshine? Good. Now, though, it is time for some thinking. Let’s start from the following question: did you ever ask yourself how much you earn? Well, I know you know it. Nevertheless, we will think about it somewhat differently. Let’s do a simple calculation: we will suppose that you receive each month € 1700. This is also the answer you would give me to my question: “How much do you earn?”, “€ 1700”. Now consider this: your workday comprises 7 hours and 30 minutes (= 450 minutes) or 150 hours per month, so you earn €

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The “pleasure-seeking”

Stop for a moment and look around you, you’ll see how the most common lifestyle is that of one who seems addicted to the pleasures of life, and also seems to have a certain understanding of how the world works. This type spends most of his free time in leisure and pleasure seeking, in short “enjoying life”, as the common saying goes. The main consequence of this use of his time is the distraction from pursuing and achieving those important goals that he too would like to achieve. The “pleasure-seeking” certainly wants to keep his lifestyle and yet fails to

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How to choose what to study at college?

Quick and Effective Hints  © by Maurizio Bisogno 2017 Talking to young people can be very stimulating as their energy and potentials are pushing towards a direction yet to be found. We have been young too and we know how difficult and intimidating is to choose the study’s path right for us. But before that, it is even more difficult to know ourselves, our real skills and abilities, how to integrate them, how to channel them into a professional choice. In general, we have three major elements that need to be coordinated and they are: our aspirations family expectations and

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Maximum Wage Cap: right or wrong?

Mr. Corbyn’s proposition to introduce a maximum wage cap deserves more attention than has attracted so far in the media. The article by Prof. Vittorio Bufacchi (Pay caps are neither economically crazy nor morally wrong, The Irish Times, 12-Jan-2017) is a good step in this direction. Allow me to add some considerations on this topic. The question of establishing a limit for highest earners based on a ratio between their salary and their employees is not a new one; Mr. Corbyn suggests that this ratio should be 20:1, i.e. a boss should not have a salary which is 20 times

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