Month: May 2017

  • What’s the stock market?

    I’m sure that economists and others would flesh this out, but it seems like a solid and simple introduction to this strange thing that is part of our daily lives: The stock market is where people go to lend and borrow accumulated resources. For example, if you have a savings account, you are lending your […]

  • Allegory in art

    Jan Brueghel the Elder‘s Allegory of Sight and Smell: I think of this like a little Noah’s Ark, conserving bits of a culture’s memory. The incredible indulgence of this; but I imagine a corner of whatever heaven is looking something like this. Each canvas a place where you can live a thousand lifetimes. It’s common enough to hear…

  • A better public square

    Tony Judt: Democracies corrode quite fast; they corrode linguistically, or rhetorically if you like— that’s the Orwellian point about language. They corrode because most people don’t care about them. Notice that the European Union, whose first parliamentary elections were held in 1979 and had an average turnout of over 62 percent, is now looking at…

  • An evangelizing voice

    Only 15-17 percent of self-identified American Catholics attend Mass. In other words, more than 80 percent of Catholics have functionally no communal faith experience. And that lack of practical experience of Christianity means that the vast majority of American Catholics possess very little understanding of Christian teaching, let alone frequently encounter Christ in scripture. What makes most…

  • Charlie Munger on talent

    …you have to figure out what your own aptitudes are. If you play games where other people have the aptitudes and you don’t, you’re going to lose. And that’s as close to certain as any prediction that you can make. You have to figure out where you’ve got an edge. And you’ve got to play…