If there is a consistent theme to the past 10 years, it is that we have consistently underestimated the likelihood and impact of negative, high-consequence events.
America was born in war, or through it, and I think it is continually defined by war: from a colony to a united states, from a house divided to a union, from a country to a world power.
Study literature. Study it like your life depends upon it—because, in this wordy young century, it does.
Honesty allows us to present our actual selves to the world, and without it we cease to have an actual identity.
The U.S. experiment with marijuana prohibition is just as misguided as was its earlier experiment with alcohol prohibition. We learned our lesson once; it is time to learn it again.
Floating hurts, but I believe being plopped into murky water could benefit more than a few Harvard undergrads.
Before you determine your next challenge, remember that some of life’s greatest adventures and most enriching experiences will come from things you have yet to realize are even possible.
In short, you see people who are so busy trying to save the world that they forget to take care of it.
Thus far, consumers and non-energy-related businesses have not felt much of a credit pinch. Yet, analysts warn that, in spite of the strong position of the banks, a powerful credit crunch is inevitable.
In brief, the French and American republican traditions are both children of the Enlightenment but they are not alike.
Like all parting shots, the message can be neatly summed up with a one-sentence lesson I learned in third grade: Agree to disagree.