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The Human-Time Paradox

Hours and even days, weeks and months often seem to creep by at snail’s pace, yet years and decades always whizz by in the blink of an eye.


Solve that paradox in your own personal context and you have the foundation for a contented and thus satisfying life.

  • Guardians Of The Gulf Between Virtuous And Wicked

    1st Dec 2022 by

    To err is human; but contrition felt for the crime distinguishes the virtuous from the wicked. — Vittorio Alfieri This past week it appeared that the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) aimed to distinguish their actions through the pandemic from those of the wicked. Dr. Lowe’s contrition did not exercise my thoughts, however, in part… Read more

  • Australian Gas Asset Ownership Through The Energy Transition

    29th Nov 2022 by

    In recent decades Australian politicians have been delinquent in their leadership* and this means that the Australian public has been slow to understand the myriad issues surrounding the energy transition even if recent election results show that concern over the climate crisis is growing rapidly.  Perhaps the most critical aspect of the energy transition is that… Read more

  • Pernicious Envy

    7th Nov 2022 by

    “The world is not driven by greed. It is driven by envy”. Charlie Munger, Feb 2022, aged 98, Vice Chairman Berkshire Hathaway, Chairman Daily Journal Company, Billionaire, Genius. The pandemic-time reflecting that I first foresaw in February and March 2020 and discussed here at MacroEdgo revolves a great deal around envy. Envy has become integral… Read more

  • Families And Work

    26th Oct 2022 by

    I am always up for a real talk – whether it be ‘gritty’ or ‘feel good’. And I think it is wonderful you shared your depth of emotion, Georgie Dent, in this post – I appreciated it greatly. I also wish to express gratitude for you working so hard to gain progress for families which… Read more

  • If Quiet Quitting Results in Reduced Production – A Big ‘IF’​ – Then It Was Production That Never Was Paid For

    30th Sep 2022 by

    Since my comment on LinkedIn about David Westin’s sub-par coverage of Quiet Quitting on Bloomberg Television, I am pleased to observe that he has lifted the bar to his normal high standard. Even articles on Bloomberg’s website with titles ostensibly indicating opposition to the trend on deeper reading point at all of the reasons for… Read more

  • Quiet Quitting, Quiet Firing and Loud Quitting: Explainers

    28th Sep 2022 by

    Quiet Quitting – An employee doing what they are paid to do to the best of their ability, but doing no more. At its basis this is about a worker setting boundaries to not be exploited by an employer and is thus a rejection of Extreme capitalism that assumes an employee will accept any and… Read more

  • Quiet Quitting

    2nd Sep 2022 by

    Quiet quitting – the term – is a misnomer.  Most assume that it is about quitting on a job. It is not. It is about quitting, or refusing to participate, in a system that has progressively become unsustainable because it is unfulfilling and unhealthy to those within it. Extreme capitalism is what is being quit!… Read more

  • Compassion Culture Benefits All Stakeholders Including Shareholders

    1st Sep 2022 by

    Why is a compassion culture better for all stakeholders in capitalist societies including shareholders? Besides the threat of unheralded injury claims from toxic workplaces that put businesses in jeopardy (as I explained in “The Great Reset At Work“)… it is my thesis that a great deal of work done by white collar workers is ‘just… Read more

  • The Great Reset: The concept and the passion

    31st Aug 2022 by

    In “The Great Reset: An explainer” I gave a brief description of the political and economic backdrop that led to humanity entering the pandemic at a moment of social extreme with a paradigm shift due or even overdue. I explained that trends in society tend to occur in cycles that can be conceptualised as a… Read more

  • To Reset To a Compassion Culture A New Global Formal Greeting Is Necessary

    25th Aug 2022 by

    In organisational and formal social culture, nothing speaks more to an imperialist white-supremecist patriarchal system based on domination than the handshake. There is so much social expectation and perception associated with the handshake. Virtuallly every person living in a western nation has had the feeling of having their hand twisted into a more passive position… Read more

  • The Great Resignation In The Context Of The Great Reset

    15th Aug 2022 by

    At this point in the Great Reset era we have heard most about the Great Resignation (or Great Reshuffle) which is unsurprising as businesses wonder aloud why they are finding it challenging to retain their workers and how to attract talented workers. Some employers are even sceptical, and have suggested workers may regret their actions,… Read more

  • The Great Reset: An explainer

    15th Aug 2022 by

    After walking amongst humanity for a while, cycles beyond the seasons or clothing and hairstyles become noticeable. These cycles are noticeable also in political beliefs, and although that can seem boring to understand, it’s important because the political system affects all of us. Perhaps the most important political cycle that affects everyone is the balance… Read more

  • Power Dynamic Disruptions At Work In The Great Reset Era

    3rd Aug 2022 by

    Anybody who wishes to monetise their ‘social’ activities on the internet knows that they should frequently remind the human beings they are engaging with of the value of those activities. In other words, they must post frequently lest their engagement metrics decline along with their potential earnings. I said from the outset that I was… Read more

  • Redeeming Imposter

    24th Mar 2022 by

    This is my attempt to increase the momentum in support of the Uluru Statement From The Heart especially amongst us non-First Nations Australians. This past year I have opened my eyes and heart more than ever to the need for progress towards true reconciliation. As the Uluru Statement From The Heart website says, First Nations… Read more

  • The Great Reset: Inevitable, irreversible, deep-rooted in connection

    19th Nov 2021 by

    The Great Reset is the era in human history that we entered (or which accelerated) in the COVID-19 pandemic where connection with ourselves, within society, and to the natural environment, and fairness, equity, inclusion and compassion superseded accumulation of material wealth and ‘winning’ as the primary aspiration within societies leading to more balanced and sustainable… Read more

  • For The Sons Of Deeply Insecure Men

    9th Sep 2021 by

    When I was an early teen I felt deeply insecure in my family. In many ways I felt like I was treated as foolish by them following the lead of my father. Perhaps it is normal that the youngest child is taken less seriously by the family, or perhaps that is a common perception of… Read more

  • On The Origins Of COVID-19: My full and unabashed thoughts

    8th Jul 2021 by

    As I often seem to do, I will start this post off with an admission. Most of last year I was hyper alert to how my public comments and my emails to my former colleague and friend, Dr Shi Zhengli, the lead scientist of the laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology which is world-renowned… Read more

  • The Great Reset Era Theme: Investing in family and community connection

    26th Jun 2021 by

    Excerpted from “Full Thoughts On Prof. Michael Sandel’s Meritocracy Discourse: Part 2“ Prof. Sandel [in “The Tyranny of Merit: What’s become of the common good”] makes almost no mention of the importance of family, which is an enormous pity as this is an obviously critical issue in social cohesion and feelings of attachment within society.… Read more

  • The Great Reset Era Theme: The education revolution

    26th Jun 2021 by

    Excerpted from “Full Thoughts On Prof. Michael Sandel’s Meritocracy Discourse: Part 2“ In “The Tyranny of Merit: What’s become of the common good” Prof. Michael Sandel, with his experience over four decades as a Harvard University lecturer, provides significant detail on his observation of the growth in competition for positions at universities perceived as being… Read more

  • The Great Reset Era Theme: A global village based on ‘Quality Globalisation’

    26th Jun 2021 by

    Excerpted from “Full Thoughts On Prof. Michael Sandel’s Meritocracy Discourse: Part 2“ Solidarity at the national level is preferable to having polarised societies, indeed, but the true challenges to a sustainable and thriving humanity depend on cohesion of the global community. That reality is increasingly understood in the battle against the climate crisis and it… Read more

  • Full Thoughts On Prof. Michael Sandel’s Meritocracy Discourse: Part 2

    22nd Jun 2021 by

    In the first part of this essay I expressed my support for Prof. Sandel’s views with some qualifications on what I believe are the most important factors in the polarised societies many developed nations are now experiencing. Specifically my view is that this polarity is due to the inequality itself more so than distrust of… Read more

  • Humanity Needs Good People In Tough Jobs

    4th Jun 2021 by

    Firstly an admission – I am bogged down in writing part 2 of my response to Sandel’s ‘meritocracy’ discourse because it encompasses three large areas which I had intended to write individual posts on and for which I had developed extensive notes. That highlights how important that response is to me, but it also means… Read more

  • How Farmers Lose Their Perspective

    25th May 2021 by

    What was running through my father’s enraged mind that night I will never know — he is too emotionally repressed to ever be able to even acknowledge it happened let alone give me closure on what he was thinking as he was fully loading his revolver — but I have had to live my life… Read more

  • My Fraught Journey To Women

    30th Apr 2021 by

    Prologue It’s fitting that even the prologue I commence with an admission. Rarely for my posts, I sort advice on whether to publish this because it contains embarrassing, personal information that I felt that I would rather not make public if my confidants suggested that this article was unlikely to have any impact. I also… Read more

  • Navin’s Beautiful Memoir For His Courageous Mother

    26th Mar 2021 by

    To celebrate the 100th post on MacroEdgo I am honoured to publish for the first time the work of an extremely talented young man who is destined to make a real difference for humanity, my 12 year old son. This is a school assignment which was just too good to not be read by a… Read more

  • Racial Prejudice and Bias: A matter of degrees

    2nd Mar 2021 by

    Bias and prejudice is expressed in varying degrees across society, and that makes combatting it challenging as detection is often problematic even for those it is directed against. Why is it that a salesperson treated you with condescension? Why was your application to rent a home rejected even though you are an executive in a… Read more

  • The Lie Of Reverse Racism

    5th Feb 2021 by

    The lie of reverse racism is one of the chief tools of the racist to create division and draw people to their side. I realised this early when I first began to reflect on the racism which I learned from my upbringing in conservative northern Queensland. “Oh they receive so many hand-outs from the Government… Read more

  • An Explanation of Black Lives Matter

    1st Feb 2021 by

    To A Good Person Who Did Not Understand I have just had a conversation on social media with somebody who I have known since childhood, and who I know to be a lovely, and true and honest spirit. It was not just that conversation, however, that prompted me to publish my comments in full here.… Read more

  • Nobody is Perfect: We men must keep trying

    31st Jan 2021 by

    On the morning of Thursday 21 January 2021 in Australia I sat and watched transfixed on the television in awe as somebody spoke to and for all of humanity. That person described themself as “a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother” who now knew it is possible that they… Read more

  • Racism and Political Correctness

    11th Jan 2021 by

    It is time that I explicitly state my views on racism. The issue which I consider goes right to the heart of dealing with racism in Australia is political correctness, which is ironic because political correctness is perhaps the most often stated justification by racists for the need to express their beliefs.  The racists’ argument… Read more

  • The Great Reset: Building the bridge

    3rd Jan 2021 by

    What would you think if I sang out of tune?Would you stand up and walk out on me?Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a songAnd I’ll try not to sing out of key Oh, I get by with a little help from my friendsMm, I get high with a little help from my… Read more

  • The Great Reset: Momentum builds with the World Economic Forum agenda

    27th Dec 2020 by

    I spent most of February and the first half of March 2020 banging away on my keyboard trying to wake up my fellow Australian residents to the risks of the coming COVID-19 pandemic so that through political self-interest elected politicians would enact policies necessary to protect those within the Australian borders and to help as… Read more

  • How Might Milton Friedman Respond To The COVID-19 Pandemic?

    2nd Nov 2020 by

    I have written extensively detailing my views on why conservatives are hell-bent on minimising introductions of stringent measures to retard the COVID-19 pandemic in their jurisdictions which would reduce preventable deaths. It boils down to their political power base being the business class elite, and their greatest fear is that The Great Reset will lead… Read more

  • How I Re-made Myself After A Breakdown

    10th Sep 2020 by

    I have 23 cousins on my father’s side, but when I was a young boy, Ernie stood out above all others. Ernie was my brother’s age, 8 years older than me, and he was a real farm boy. He was always with my Uncle Charlie on his frequent visits to help Dad out in our… Read more

  • If After 30 Years of Unbroken Economic Growth Australia Can’t Afford To Protect It’s Most Vulnerable, Who Really Benefitted From That Economic Growth?

    29th Aug 2020 by

    The COVID-19 pandemic has shone the most intense of spotlights on the weaknesses in our societies including: the lack of cohesion and increase in racism, inequality in opportunity leading to lower living standards which results in far greater impacts especially on exploited minorities and temporary workers, and inadequate care for the elderly in part due… Read more

  • How to Look After “Our Own First”

    8th Aug 2020 by

    I took part in a focus group for Global Citizen a few weeks back. I was thrilled to be asked to participate as it is an organisation with which I share so many values. My own mantra that I developed through MacroEdgo is “United Humanity” and my email signature is as follows: We have learned… Read more

  • How Society Will Change If A COVID-19 Vaccine Is Elusive

    9th Jul 2020 by

    I have expressed a reasonably supportive level of optimism towards the likelihood of the development of effective vaccines and/or treatments for COVID-19 since my first updates and report in early February. In my report in mid-February, however, when frustrated by how slow Governments and financial analysts were to recognise the challenges that we confronted, I… Read more

  • The Great Reset: Teaching What We Left Behind

    20th Jun 2020 by

    Have you ever had a “Ratatouille” moment? Like in the animated movie where the food critic is instantaneously transported to a deeply cherished childhood memory when stimulated by an extraordinary event, in that case the first mouthful of a dish that invoked his mother’s ratatouille?  I have experienced it once in my life, and there… Read more

  • The Great Reset

    30th Mar 2020 by

    This is a post of hope. Of promise. Of potential within our grasp if we have the courage to reach for it. The commencement discusses markets because they give a verifiable account of the slow reaction to the threat that COVID-19 posed to humanity. The latter discussion opens up to encompass implications and aspirations for… Read more

  • The Conundrum Humanity Faces: But Nobody Admits

    9th Feb 2020 by

    In this essay I distil down to a common sense level the interplay of Global population growth and climate change to explain the reality of what has been the impact of delaying both our progress towards global equality and innovative responses to climate change. Just imagine for one moment that at the completion of World… Read more

  • The Great Reset Era At Work

    15th Nov 2022 by

    The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your whole life looking for one, and it would not be a wasted life Katsumoto from the motion picture ‘The Last Samurai’​ from Warner Bros I am not the writer who coined the term ‘the Great Resignation’. More significantly, I am the writer who sort… Read more

  • Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates

    8th Nov 2022 by

    In latter years I have occasionally wondered at how in some ways my life has resembled Forrest Gump’s, though at a lower profile, and I have never bared my rump to a national leader on television. 🙂 I have found myself at the cross-roads of many of the important social trends of our times, and… Read more

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