Category Archives: accountability

Plucking weeds and planting flowers

Abraham Lincoln once said: ‘Die when I may, I want it said of me that I plucked a weed and planted a flower wherever I thought a flower would grow.’ Someone said that the whole process of evolution in this … Continue reading

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What we will find in the next world

George Ritchie is an American psychiatrist who wrote a book titled ‘Return from Tomorrow.’ It is an account of his own near death experience, and in it he describes many of those elements that we hear from others who have … Continue reading

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‘Everyone needs to write their own obituary’

Most of us live our lives in the tension between our desire to live the good life and our desire to be good people. Nowhere is this tension more obvious than in newspapers – in the advertisements and the obituaries. … Continue reading

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Knowledge and privilege always bring responsibility

One aspect of human courts of law that often seems unjust is that ignorance of a law is not deemed to be an excuse for having broken that law. So, for example, someone wrote to a motoring organisation complaining they … Continue reading

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Prepare to meet thy God

I remember once having nearly been run off the road by a van belonging to a religious organisation, which suddenly cut in front of me. The first thing I noticed, as I nearly smashed into it, were the dramatic words … Continue reading

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Legacies

Best known for its elegant and expensive watches, Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe has also become well-known for its clever advertising slogan which says: ‘You never actually own a Patek Philippe; you merely take care of it for the next generation.’ … Continue reading

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Being famous doesn’t always mean being admired

In the closing years of the nineteenth century the Cherry Sisters performed to packed theatres throughout the American Midwest. Their fame came from them being unbelievably bad actors that people came to throw vegetables at. Amazingly, the girls were then … Continue reading

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