Category: meta

  • You and your utility function in the new year

    You and your utility function in the new year

    An end-of-the-year reflection: what percentage of your waking hours do you spend considering what to do with your life, versus actually doing it? Clearly we all spend more time doing than considering, and it could hardly be otherwise. We can’t let ourselves be paralyzed by thought, or we’d accomplish nothing. Still, the “considering” part shouldn’t…

  • In memoriam: Jerome C. Davies (1938-2011)

    In memoriam: Jerome C. Davies (1938-2011)

    The New Testament tells us that those who are in Christ will be “sanctified”; that is, progressively purged of their sin and made more like Jesus over time. You’d think this would mean that the believers you encounter in life would be more Christ-like, on average, than the non-believers are. I’m not sure I’ve actually…

  • Why thankfulness doesn’t come naturally

    Why thankfulness doesn’t come naturally

    Like all children, I was taught the two “magic words” (“please” and “thanks”) from a young age. One of them always came more naturally to me than the other, though. “Please” is used when you’re in a position of wanting or needing something, and you’re blocked because someone else holds the key to it. I…

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