By Laura A. Roser Zen and the Art of Car Shopping My taste in cars drives my engineer father crazy. I rate a car’s attractiveness over its utility every time — which usually means that I end up with a cute, but temperamental foreign car that’s expensive to fix and costs significantly more than a “more…

By Laura A. Roser Living Between Extremes If you eat too much, you get fat and sick and die. If you eat too little, you waste away and die. The key is eating the right amount of the right foods. This leads to health, vitality, and a long life. Of course, the questions then arise, “What…

By Laura A. Roser   In his version of the Bhagavad Gita, Eknath Easwaran writes, “The word Dharma means many things, but its underlying sense is ‘that which supports,’ from the root dhri, to support, hold up, or bear. Generally, dharma implies support from within: the essence of a thing, its virtue, that which makes it…

Distinguishing the Real from the Fake By Laura A. Roser   A couple of weeks ago, my friend from Italy visited me. I took him around to various scenic spots and we chatted about life, politics and business. “The problem with our society,” he announced, “is most people are alphabets.” I had no idea what he…

Eleanor Roosevelt’s Thoughts on Humility By Laura A. Roser   About a month ago, I read Eleanor Roosevelt’s autobiography, You Learn By Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life. I found myself highlighting various passages and writing notes on index cards. In one section of the book (around page 63), she discusses maturity. Her first…

“Nothing is so likely to make a man’s fortune as virtue.” – from Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography By Laura A. Roser   The other day, I was reading Ben Franklin’s small book entitled The Way to Wealth (edited by Charles Conrad). It’s hard not to like Franklin’s writings – with his methodical processes and simple, straightforward advice….

by Laura A. Roser   Jean-Paul Sartre was a French Philosopher born in 1905. Although a recognized  intellectual, he is perhaps best known for his fictional works and plays, which are richly  symbolic and espouse his strong views against the existence of a god and a person’s responsibility to define herself. The Roman Catholic Church was…

The Tibetan Buddhist Concept of Being Hooked Have you ever been hooked by a negative narrative? Someone says something and your mind goes into a tailspin of destructive thoughts. Let’s say your neighbor says, “That’s an interesting choice.” And he points to your newly planted flowers. You smile, not quite knowing what he means and…

by Matthew Roser Korea, the ancient “Hermit” Kingdom, as it was once called, remained enshrouded in mystery for much of its time. Romantic tales told of a land that wore the ocean fog like a pale cloak. A strange people emerged from behind its veil, bearing gifts of ginseng and other tribute for the mighty…

by Laura A. Roser   In Phaedo, Socrates states that an unexamined life results in a soul that is “confused and dizzy, as if it were drunk.” The only way to develop a soul that is sound is to continually ask questions. How Do You Define “Good”? Socrates, often referred to as one of the originators…

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