Some of the best things in life are the priceless gems we take away from direct experience, deep introspection or direct observation; these are among the things that help us better understand the world we live in―or help us imagine a better one. Here’s a baker’s dozen of my personal favorites:
1) All things are connected in some way, even when the connections seem tenuous or non-existent. What affects one thing affects all things.
2) Money isn’t wealth, per se, it only represents a future claim on wealth. In essence, it’s a facilitator of trade, but it does more than just that; it also invites one or more (usually more) additional parties (middlemen) into what would otherwise be a two-party transaction.
3) In the real world, physics apply; there is no magic, only illusions; there are limits to all finite things.
4) In a rational world, knowledge supported by science trumps religion-based dogma.
5) Things aren’t always what they seem to be.
6) Sometimes things are exactly what they seem to be.
7) Complex systems create complex problems that require complex solutions and complex explanations.
8) The economy is in no way economic; it squanders resources by turning things of value into money.
9) If it’s too big to fail, it’s a criminal enterprise.
10) If government could be bought, it already has been.
11) Religion provides cover for bad behavior.
12) Advancements in technology require new advancements in technology to deal with the aftermath.
13) At some point you have to stop striving for more and start striving for better.