Archive for the ‘religion’ Category
Banks create money based on borrowers’ promise (in exchange for bank loans) to pay back, i.e. money is created out of debt.
The Bible:“One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor but has great wealth” (Proverbs 13:7). Or: “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower becomes the lender’s slave.”(Proverbs 22:7).
Buddhism states money complex is a demonic religion – demonic because it cannot absolve our sense of lack.
P.S. Bush’s grandfather used money helping Hitler rise to power.
Innovation, shminovation. We’re obsessed with innovation. But why care about innovation? Perhaps because it’s comfortable to think innovation is panacea for our social stagnation or economic graveyard called capitalism? Indeed, if capitalism, it must be messy to drive innovation.
Ask yourself, how many Fortune-500 firms breathe innovation? Only few. In them “innovation initiatives face their stiffest resistance after they show hints of success.“
But, not all lost: creative capitalism + social innovation = new social enterprise. Sure, capitalism. Even Bible indirectly condones value-based, compassionate capitalism, for which we need to be deliberate and motivated.
Oh, capitalism inspires poetry too.
In 2007, I was writing an essay I submitted for St Gallen university’s prestigious annual symposium. Instead of conventional and well-trodden topics such as leadership/entrepreneurship, I vied to seek out correlations between a nation’s religiousness, leadership, availability of natural resources and economic development.
Based on extensive research of modern Norway, KSA, Hittites and post-Gutenberg Europe, the essay concluded (formula is pretty straightforward):
D = 0.25*N-R + 0.3*R + 0.45*L
- D=development (probability)
- R=religiousness (if religion is dogma/fixed, R<0)
I didn’t win – Churchill’s infamous words came to mind:
A modest little person, with much to be modest about.
Noah got drunk drinking wine (yayin) – God told him to enjoy it. Bible says that God gave wine to make men glad.
Wine makes us irrational, or does it? Even without it, there is much evidence that we are irrational. Halo effect, cognitive dissonance, Chameleon effect (mimicking increases/decreases likability), and so on and forth.
How else to explain Yo-Yo world cups since 1932?
Talking of irrationality, Trotsky conducted a thought-experiment about America becoming a Communist country. He predicted that, by 2037, America will produce a new breed of Man and in Communistic America, Americans will stop chewing gum in 3 years!
In England, there are some absurd laws:
- It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament
- A pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants
In America, absurdity=(religion+politics)/law. Nixon was Quaker, hosting religious services in White House. Reagan’s NS sessions were held in presence of religious scholars and based on notions like Paradise. Bush admitted taking his instructions from God. According to one survey, 65% of Americans believe Founding Fathers intended America to be Christian, and 55% believe Constitution establishes a Christian nation. Hogwash.