Tag Archives: futility

The anchors of hope

In the ancient world the anchor was the symbol of hope.The Greek philosopher Epictetus said: ‘A ship should never depend on one anchor.’ The philosopher Pythagoras took this further when he said: ‘Wealth is a weak anchor; and fame is … Continue reading

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Signs of a sick spirit

There’s an old Jewish story about two shopkeepers who were bitter rivals and would spend each day keeping track of each other’s business. If one got a customer, he’d smile in triumph at his rival. If the other got the … Continue reading

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The ingratitude of tropical fish

Philip Yancey is right when he says that keeping tropical fish requires a lot of effort. ‘You have to feed them three times a day, change the water filters, monitor the water temperature and regularly test the nitrate levels. You’d … Continue reading

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Numbered Days

A few years ago an Indian holy man nearly incited a riot by failing to die as foretold. He’d predicted that his soul would leave his body sometime on the morning of November 17, and fifteen thousand people showed up … Continue reading

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Breaking with the law of the playground

British style writer Neil Boorman, a few years ago, caused a stir when he decided to burn all his brand-name possessions. “I am addicted to brands,” he confessed in a magazine article: “From an early age, I have been taught … Continue reading

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Declaring my genius

A customs officer once asked Oscar Wilde if he had anything to declare. He replied: “Only my genius.” Fifteen years later, alone and broken in prison, he reflected on his life and said. “I have been a spendthrift of my … Continue reading

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Sink or swim

Some years ago researchers placed two sets of laboratory rats in separate tubs of water and left them there to see what they would do. However, every so often they would lift one group of rats out of the water, … Continue reading

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The benefit of being two-faced

Research in cognitive science – how the brain works – has found that the mechanisms we use to remember the past are the same as the ones we use to envisage the future. To walk down memory lane is, at … Continue reading

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All we have is what we are

There’s a story about a wealthy man who could not conceive of a life without money. As death approached he had a vision of an angel who told him he could only take with him whatever he could fit into … Continue reading

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Departing in dignity

Babe Ruth was to American baseball what Don Bradman was to Australian cricket. But Babe Ruth didn’t finish the way Bradman did. At the end of his career he went to seed and even his fans turned against him, and … Continue reading

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