Friday, 13 April 2018



The gentleman has universal sympathies and is not partisan. The small man is partisan and does not have universal sympathies.

The gentleman is dignified but not arrogant. The small man is arrogant but not dignified. Confucius

"I do find that the left have a tendency to suffer actual pain if exposed to non-left opinions."
Ruth Dudley Edwards

I'm not sure of the depth or reality of my religious conviction. It could well be that it was a polemical conviction against liberalism rather than a real conviction of the truth of Christianity ... I suppose on a census I would describe myself as a member of the Church
of England. If you ask me, do I think I ought to be an Anglican, the answer is that I probably ought to be a Roman Catholic, but I don't see any prospect of that happening ... I have a very Protestant mind.
Maurice Cowling

Rats are social animals, very similar to humans in what regards the social behaviour.

Now, it's very easy to get rats addicted to cocaine if you put them in a cage. It's almost impossible to get them addicted to cocaine if you put them in their natural habitat(along with other rats in a natural environment).
The question begs "Why?"
And the answer is simple, as scientists and clinical psychologists put it.
When humans discover a purpose in life and are engaging in meaningful actions(whatever that meaning may be in their own subjective view), they tend to shy away from other vices. Basically, they are filling their addiction need with the meaningful things they do every day, and don't feel the need to fill their time with addictive substances like drugs, alcohol, tobacco, weed, (excessive)sex, gambling, etc.
So, if you engage in any of these vices on a regular basis, you need to understand that you haven't really found a meaningful activity to fill up your time with.
Go on a journey to find out what is meaningful to you, how you can make an impact and what makes you truly happy.
Peter Istrate


  1. The uncontrolled emotional outpouring, the dazed masses standing huddled in the city squares sometimes for days on end, grown people groveling hysterically and tearing at themselves, being trampled in the surge toward the coffin or funeral pyre — how to make sense out of such a massive, neurotic "vaudeville of despair"? In one way only: it shows a profound state of shock at losing one's bulwark against death. The people apprehend, at some dumb level of their personality: "Our locus of power to control life and death can himself die; therefore our own immortality is in doubt." All the tears and all the tearing is after all for oneself, not for the passing of a great soul but for one's own imminent passing.

    Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death (New York: Free Press, 1973), p. 149
    Quoted here:

    1. The mental health issues and lack of purpose don't manifest themselves as much in crowded cities like New York. In America, the hopelessly lost are the inhabitants of suburban areas and rural places, they are so devoid of human interaction. There is rarely a mass shooter who grew up in a place with a dense population, and learned how to act among other people. All the hotspots of addiction (outside of ghettos) are in sparsely populated areas.

  2. David in Belgrade17 April 2018 at 10:11

    Thanks for reposting this.

    I always enjoy your quotations and the one about rats and cocaine reflected some of my own (recent) thoughts but expressed them much better than I can.

  3. Carpe diem.
    Hackneyed, isn't it? But it's my thing. Go for it, go along, have a look, experience it. You can always leave.

    Nicky Haslam

  4. “Finally leadership, in any democracy, is a matter of character—a fact few intellectuals find palatable.”

    Clive James, Fame in the 20th Century

    1. To the man-in-the-street who,
      I'm sorry to say,
      Is a keen observer of life,
      The word intellectual suggests right away
      A man who's untrue to his wife.

      W H Auden