Category Archives: Judgement

It’s only true wealth if it enriches your soul

John D. Rockerfeller at the age of fifty became the world’s first billionaire. But three years later he had what appears to be a nervous breakdown. His entire body became racked with pain, he lost all the hair on his … Continue reading

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The only assessment that ultimately counts

One night at a famous jazz bar, legendary jazz musician Cab Calloway introduced a promising young saxophone player. After he’d played, a self-appointed jazz critic came over and said, ‘You aren’t that good, man. All you can do is play … Continue reading

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Saved by a comma

Maria Fedorovna, the Empress of Russia and wife of Czar Alexander III, was well known for her philanthropy. She once saved a political prisoner from exile in Siberia by transposing a single comma in a warrant signed by her husband … Continue reading

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Pound for pound

I read about a court case in a small American town where a farmer got sued by the local baker for selling him one pound bricks of butter that actually weighed less than the full pound. At the trial, the … Continue reading

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‘Have it your own way’

The concept of Hell isn’t popular these days, and yet we see its seeds all around us. C.S Lewis said perceptively that the essence of hell is separation – separation from God and from others. To be totally separated from … Continue reading

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Brezhnev should have listened to his wife

George Bush Senior, representing the United States at the funeral of the Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, was deeply moved by a silent protest carried out by Brezhnev’s widow. She stood motionless by the coffin until seconds before it was closed. … 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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