The Evolution of Competition

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had a fight with my wife and email spats with two of my best and oldest friends. In each case, I didn’t recognize that we weren’t really talking about what I thought we were talking about, and by the time I did recognize the real issues, I was already too far down the path of combative Ben to care.

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1914 is (still) the New Black

There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen. – Vladimir Lenin (1870 – 1924)  In 1914, Europe had arrived at a point in which every country except Germany was afraid of the present, and Germany was afraid of the future.  – Sir Edward Grey (1862 – 1933)  Last week’s email, …

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1914 is the New Black

Man in Black: All right. Where is the poison? The battle of wits has begun. It ends when you decide and we both drink, and find out who is right … and who is dead. – “The Princess Bride” (1987)  Time is a game played beautifully by children. – Heraclitus of Ephesus (535 – 475 …

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The Clash of Civilizations

Thomas Cole, “The Course of Empire: Destruction” (1836) In the emerging world of ethnic conflict and civilizational clash, Western belief in the universality of Western culture suffers three problems: it is false; it is immoral; and it is dangerous. – Samuel P. Huntington, “The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order” (1996) The …

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