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April 20, 2010


Sergio Lissone

But this approach is just offering "free anxiety - forever", with no upside - just a sense of lingering insecurity. It would make more sense to keep all highly unlikely disasters out of mind (in other words, assign these rare disasters an appropriately rare amount of thought). Far more common and painful are the kinds of personal disasters that are caused by poor personal choices and thinking patterns; these are almost always avoidable by learning and following good habits from a young age. Violence, crime, low self esteem, depression, addiction and being a bad parent are all caused by bad thinking habits we develop as we grow up, and if they are not reversed, then the brief and intense fear, panic and loss caused by a natural disaster pales in comparison to the drawn out torture of a life lived badly.


Favorite phrase? "Calm is only an interval between chaos." Hard, however, as a neurotic-enough mother, to embrace Seneca's admonition to expect everything. But then again, the consolations of philosophy are all bittersweet.

simon quick

Alain, a great reminder that the most important word in our language, and all too often too casually uttered, is 'goodbye'!

"See you", is optimism per se! Spoken, with far too much surety and without the hope that should really accompany it!


The past days, I tried to imagine a world without planes. Our economy would change, our food habits...
Maybe people would notice more details of the world surrounding them, if they travelled in a slower pace?


I wonder when it was that there were no airoplanes in the sky? it is the first time in my life I have experienced clear blue skies and no vapour trails and constant bird song, I am savouring this moment.....

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