Suzy Welch wrote a complete and concise description of a condition called the Velvet Coffin. You work in a really great job situation where you feel deep down that you are not going to grow as an individual. The job is excellent, the pay is very good, and the lifestyle is wonderful. The only problem is you have a forward thought in time in which you look back and see that you did not achieve what you might have otherwise had you taken more risks. Continue reading
All kinds of myths exist about the character of the rich. I do not know the full truth about that topic. I doubt anyone does in full. I do know that a person’s behavior is affected by the resources they have. The error to avoid is to become an inwardly caustic person due to the power wealth bestows upon you. We all have a choice of what to believe and recover to despite daily errors and being rich doesn’t mean having ill regard to others. It may mean being more aware of your choices because you have greater control over temporal consequences. Continue reading
I lived in Nashville for 7+ years and I really enjoyed living there as the city seemed to have the perfect mix of many things. It was like living in New York with a sustainable cost of living. In 2015, a few individuals are running for mayor and I was intrigued by David Fox’s thoughts of the loss of the Nashville Way. He may have a point. Continue reading
Many of us are accustomed to a regular diet and would think nothing of abstaining from food. Some do refrain from food however. Reasons for doing so vary but it is a misconception that you need food, “every day” to live. Food can be given up. It may be given up for reasons of faith or for reasons of political solidarity. It may also benefit health. Continue reading
Just the words, animus dominandi, do not surface easily on mainstream search engines. These two words are packed with immense meaning. Roughly translated, it means an intense, burning desire for power. In real life, it is the deeply rooted strong will and wherewithal to dominate other people to the exclusion of all else. Animus dominandi is the last major phrase introduced in the conclusion of appendix III of the book, The Mystery of Iniquity by Father Paul Kramer. The book was provided to me as a gift.
With the postscript, the book stands at 216 pages. A short while ago I realized the value in studying appendices before engaging a book. The 3 appendices provides in-depth background information regarding the book’s subject matter. I used the appendices to gauge on how I would receive the book. I was pleased that the author based the information on facts, research, and historical documents from professors, scientists, and leading members of political administrations.
The phrase caught my attention when it was introduced in a conversation between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hemingway according to the author. The statement was that certain kinds of people are greatly caught up in animus dominandi and it is the driving purpose of their life. Animus dominandi is what separates them from everyone else. The book shows how animus dominandi takes shape to affect the lives of people.
I learned many things reading this book. A few of these insights I state here. They are listed in the rest of the article. I believe the spiritual message of the book is fully relevant but I understand that this may be unacceptable to some. Know that there are facts presented in this book that are important unto themselves. These facts, if valid, explains the world we live in clearly and in as straightforward a manner as possible.
Those who would decipher the world we live in will find a book worth its weight in gold and more. You may have asked yourself the question, why are things the way they are in this world? The book uses facts to show the root causes of how things are in this world. A single error of speculation seems to exist near the end of the book in part c of the last chapter. Nonetheless, the facts carry the day and will give all readers knowledge of the context of this world we live in.
In this article, I will list some of the things I learned. Not everything I write here is found in the book, some are insights into areas I long pondered. Areas that the book helped to finally clarify. In general, the more controversial aspects of the book are not described in this article. Some parts of the book I am not presently predisposed to discussing publicly. I leave such exploration of those topics to the curious and motivated readers. Continue reading