The Book of Good Living: Standing in Line

Too harsh? Anything you'd add? The General Rule It all comes down to fairness. It’s fair that the guy who got there first deserves to be waited on first. If there are people behind you in line, NOTICE THEM, and remember you’re taking their time too. Do the deed and move along.If you were in traffic and the light turned green, other drivers would expect you to move off immediately, not sit there texting or talking or dithering. And so would you. They’ve got 30 minutes for lunch, they’re late … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: The Book of Good Living … Again

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If you're a long-time reader here, you may remember a couple of Beta-Culture-related posts from 2012 about The Book of Good Living. If not, it's like this:You know all that wisdom the Bible supposedly contains? The Talmud? The Koran? What if you could get wisdom about life without all the goddy freight mixed in? Without all the "GOD SAYS DO THIS, DO THAT, OR BURN IN HELL FOREVER!" Might not be a bad thing, huh?The general model for where you get all the good advice is your parents, aunts … [Read more...]

Book Of Good Living: Crowd-Sourcing How to Walk

I'm trying an experiment here. Long-time readers may remember a couple of posts a while back about something I call The Book of Good Living.I see this thing as a part of Beta Culture — a basic resource about living day-to-day. Something like Wikipedia, written and evolved by reader/contributors, and containing a great deal of advice and direction — which everybody is wholly welcome to ignore.But ... you know, a body of objective wisdom about life. Jeez, we get so much hyped and over-hyped shi … [Read more...]

Throwing Out Leftovers, Civilization-Wide

I’m gonna tell you about four things I used to do. Four actions – habits – I picked up when I was a kid and continued at least into my early adult life.First, I used to eat large amounts of ice cream and other rich, fatty foods at every opportunity.Second, I used to actively avoid stepping on cracks in the sidewalk when I was walking.Third, I used to vigorously snap my towel when I stepped out of the shower and pulled it off the towel rack.Fourth, I used to look both ways when I stepped o … [Read more...]

The Book of Good Living: Moving Forward

[If you get nothing else out of this post, know this: I am (WE are!) asking for input. Seriously, I think this thing might work. Also: If you can't help in any other way, but like the idea, you can Facebook, tweet, Google-Plus, or otherwise snork (social network) the hell out of this post.]I know you all, avid readers that you are, saw my recent post on The Book of Good Living. It’s kind of a no-brainer, don’t you think? A book of lessons and rules designed not to control you or lessen your fre … [Read more...]

Flash vs. Substance

[If you liked my piece on Transition and Turbulence, maybe you’ll like this too. It might also work as an entry in the Book of Good Living.]------------------------We live our lives on a human stage.Which means: A great deal of the stuff we do, we do for the benefit of the people around us.And by “benefit,” I don’t necessarily mean “to help them,” although that can be a part of it. I mean this: “Human stage” implies an audience of some sort, and that audience is the people around us. They … [Read more...]


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