A Presidency: Character and Power

Abraham “Abe” Lincoln once said that “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” And while I would caution against the potential implications of testing people’s character by giving them power, being that it could result in far-from-desirable consequences, the sixteenth US president does speak

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Lincoln never said that

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – Abraham Lincoln. Do you agree? First things first. Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, never stated that adversity was an inadequate measure of a man’s character. It was his post-mortem biographer, Horatio Alger

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Normality is a trap and popularity is the bate

What is normal? The definition of normal changes with every culture. It can even change from street to street. One street may leave their outside lights on all night while the other turns theirs off, both streets believe what they are doing to be normal. Normal is a term used to define the usual, the

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The Boon & Bane of Normality

All of life is comfort, either sought after, hoarded, or sacrificed in the presence of challenges. As children, we saw the world through unadulterated eyes, and therefore, responded to it in a way only befitting to ourselves. Our minds sparked instinctual reactions which shaped our individualities, the details which separate us from others, the differences

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Real learning: what broadened minds mean for the world

“The reason so many people grow up to look for a job is that the economy has needed people who would grow up to look for a job. Jobs were invented before workers were invented.” -Seth Godin I was 23, done with schooling, when I started to take interest in writing again. Because I chose

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Existential existentialism – the proof we are ourselves

Weak. Powerless. Fool. You are you. Ever since humans existed, everyone always varied in opinion when it comes to their social views. Some may be positive, in which they readily accept others, while some may be negative, in which they reject someone who doesn’t match the opinions they have. That’s completely normal. People have different

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Educational education by prepared preparers

What is one of the universal truths that govern society as of now? What is one of the things that we truly need? Of course, the answer should be in the clear for everyone: We need to have education. That’s why since childhood, we go to school. We need to give our brains knowledge. We

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The great outdoors

Research shows that the average American adult spends 93% of their life indoors or in a vehicle. And Brits aren’t exactly embracing the great outdoors either, at 92%. Nowadays, even children aren’t much better, as 1 in 2 kids worldwide spends less than an hour a day outside – half as much as prison inmates.

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What happens when powerful people get complete freedom?

I agree: there is no bigger test of integrity, moral courage, principles, ethics or values than giving a man – or woman – power and seeing what they do with it. The controversial sport of bullfighting is an excellent place to start when it comes to discussing power, so let’s meet the first ever professional

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Questioning Normality

Meet Henry. Henry is a middle-aged man. He is married and has two wonderful daughters. He owns a house in the suburbs and has a steady job. Since he works in education, he enjoys long holidays each year: time he spends camping with his family. Some people might say he’s got it all. He leads

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To Be Normal Or Not?

“Alright boy, wear a smile and be a good kid.” That was what my mom said to me as she dropped me off at school one day. It may seem like a simple instruction, but the ambiguity embedded in her statement only ended up creating confusion in my young head. I thought about what she

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To Be Yourself

We all live in a society that influences almost every ounce of our behavior, a society that encourages us and judges us at the same time. It’s almost as if we are the participants of a reality show and society is the judge. We all realize at some point during our lives that in the

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POWER

“Nearly all men can with stand adversity, but if you want to test a men’s character, give him “power” Abraham Lincoln. Do you agree? I agree with him totally First and foremost, in life man withstands adversity regardless of the task and nature of the environment he lives in. Men are one of the creatures

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One plus two equals… Huh?

‘In real life, I assure you, there is no such thing as algebra.’ – Fran Lebowitz. What if randomly and out of the blue, a person was overheard saying that, “In real life, I assure you, there is no such thing as addition.” Of course, they would be ridiculed and scoffed at. Similarly, even though

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Education and the injustice of preparing students for working life

I love Mathematics. I love Statistics. I love Quantitative Analysis. Mostly, I love Accounting and Finance; my core courses. If I were a student in the sciences, I know I’d also love Physics. I love conundrums, anything that gets your wits to the edge and your mind entangled with reasoning. I love all these. Although

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The Downside

Steve Jobs, known for his internationally acclaimed technologically based Apple products, stated “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And more important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” Mr. Jobs was regarded as an innovative entrepreneur whose own inspirational journey to the top is reflected in

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If Bill Has 17 Peaches, How Many Of My Classmates Are Still Starving?

For the third day in a row, our college algebra teacher drones on about the functions of a graphing calculator. He hesitates as he moves from step to step, as if any of us are paying careful attention to the dozens of ways to solve for the invaluable solution of ‘x’, using a machine that

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