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The Destruction the Difference (1)

After a while you'll think no thought the others do not think. You'll know no word the others can't say. And you'll do things because the others do them. You'll feel the danger in any difference what...

A Society With Unlimited Rights (2)

Human rights' are a fine thing, but how can we make ourselves sure that our rights do not expand at the expense of the rights of others. A society with unlimited rights is incapable of standing to ad...

What We Are About (3)

I think the iPod is the true face of Republican politics, and I’m in favor of the music industry - standing up proud and saying it out loud: We in the Chiclet-manufacturing business are not about soc...
Freedom

The Path to Success (4)

The reason they outperformed her was that they accepted each new “product” without trying to understand it. They got behind the new pitch wholeheartedly, even when it was risible and/or made no sense...
Purity

The Temptation to Change Society (5)

Exasperation with the threefold frustration of action - the unpredictability of its outcome, the irreversibility of the process, and the anonymity of its authors - is almost as old as recorded histor...
The Human Condition

Somebody and Nobody (6)

People who hold important positions in society are commonly labelled "somebodies," and their inverse "nobodies" - both of which are, of course, nonsensical descriptors, for we are all, by necessity, ...
Status Anxiety

Keep Below Them (7)

The reason why rivers and seas receive the homage of a hundred mountain streams is that they keep below them. Thus they are able to reign over all the mountain streams. So the sage, wishing to be abo...
How to Win Friends and Influence People

A State of Delicate Balance (8)

One must lie low, no matter how much it went against the grain, and try to understand that this great organization remained, so to speak, in a state of delicate balance, and that if someone took it u...
The Trial

Not to Resist the Flow (9)

The point is, not to resist the flow. You go up when you're supposed to go up and down when you're supposed to go down. When you're supposed to go up, find the highest tower and climb to the top. Whe...
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

I Never Trusted Myself Alone (10)

I became a man of the crowd. I never trusted myself alone. From night unto morn, and from morn unto night I elbowed speedily through crowds, clinging affrightedly to whom I could. Many thought me a t...
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