Keep Most Problems to Yourself

Keep Most Problems to Yourself

The most important lesson about people and problems is the obligation to do something helpful; never attack and never become entangled yourself.

If someone in fact has a well-earned reputation for broadcasting problems, be supportive, ward off any attackers—because wicked people like to beat on the oppressed—and encourage them with the insight bystanders naturally troubleshoot our problems when we divulge our problems publicly.

If you have a real problem, ask for help. Some will be quick to provide the minimum you need, being their brothers’ keepers while preserving your dignity by carrying the equivalent of your own weight.  · · · →

Stay Big

Stay Big

The big picture often trumps all.

Look at your annual budget when deciding your monthly budget. Filing for a tax extension because you procrastinated actually takes more time because of the additional filing. That’s about five minutes you took from your year that you could have spent better reading the Bible or watching baseball.

When people stonewall, it’s really annoying and frustrating and… You know what, it’s not that big of a wall. Only petty people stonewall because only petty people care. The same goes for insults and gossip and anything.

The big picture prioritizes money, time, strategy, and friendship.  · · · →

Abandon ‘Officiality’

Abandon ‘Officiality’

The world advances and decays one person at a time. Institutions follow the footprints of pioneers who do the actual exploring and surveying. Real things are accomplished by hard-working, real people.

Institutionalization, however, is but a shell that remains after the life of an organic society petrifies. Unfortunately, most cultures revere institutions as a kind of “official” status, as if a group or movement is somehow less valid before it incorporates and forms a board. Actually, becoming “official” in that sense makes a group less legitimate.

Just be who you are. Real people will recognize you for who you are.  · · · →

Power Softly

Power Softly

Governing is the opposite of control, not the opposite of anarchy. Anarchy is only 90° off from control and governance.

Governing is soft-handed guidance of a society with a mind of its own.

Governance leads people by recognizing who the people are and thus calling them whatever and whomever they already chose to be.

People have ambitions and responses, a psychology. They respond negatively to bad rules and appreciate rules that fit their daily routines.

When leaders don’t govern softly and fittingly, people rebel. Whoever rebels with hard fists fail, but well-fitting soft-handedness always wins, whether in leadership or rebellion thereof.  · · · →