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A round-up of good reading from the week

Looking to live slow? You like Stoic wisdom? Think the vaccine is working? Those are a few of the topics touched on this week. (Excerpts to follow in the Traditional TDE Blog over the next couple of days. “M” denotes “” and, therefore, you may need a subscription to read.)

I have signed up for this: The Live Slow Challenge. For a few years, I’ve been preaching the importance of slow living, with no autobiographical empirical evidence whatsoever. I, in other words, have been a hypocrite, albeit unintentionally. We’ll see if this challenge gets me into the non-groove.

The may who has made Stoicism into a cottage industry, Ryan Holiday, offers 100 Very Short Rules for a Better Life. I don’t think Ryan is even 35 years old yet, so I question his level of wisdom, but I feel like I know less and less every day, so maybe wisdom declines with the years. Okay, I don’t really believe that, but regardless, Christ was only 33 when he died, and he had some pretty good things to say (I know: he had an advantage). Ryan also relies heavily on a thorough reading regimen. Acquaintance with great minds is a great substitute for gained wisdom. (M)

Ryan Holiday also suggests three books to help you understand what’s going on right now. Disclosure: I haven’t read any of them and have only even heard of one of them: The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History by John M. Barry; Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin; Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954–63 by Taylor Branch. (M)

(I gotta be honest, I envy Ryan Holiday. The guy has fashioned a comfortable living for himself and his family through reading the Stoics and history. I think that’s what heaven looks like, but I’m not sure. Of course, everything looks better from your side of hell the fence)

 I don’t give much thought to “crisis management,” which is probably why I’m so bad at it. If you want to learn a little bit about it, you might like James Surowiecki’s Why Robinhood’s PR Nightmare Keeps Getting Worse. The gist of the essay: Robinhood had to suspend Gamestop and AMC trading because of capital required by regulators while trades settled. But instead of honestly explaining this, the Robinhood CEO obfuscated. (The CEO is only 34, btw, so let’s cut him some slack.) (M)

 I read an article last summer by a Swiss epidemiologist who said COVID would come roaring back this Winter, and we’d call it what it is: a cold. He said it’s a simple fact that we’re all going to develop immunity naturally, that it was already happening, and we just had to be patient. (A perfect lesson, in my opinion, of Albert Jay Nock’s excellent “Snoring as a Fine Art.”)It appears he was right. Seven states are nearing herd immunity and it’s not because of the vaccine.

The Catholic Gentlemen explains why we should buy locally. I’ve long advocated it for various reasons. When it comes to fresh produce, the stuff has more nutrients (nutrients start to drain the moment something is harvested, so if it then sits in shipping trucks and warehouses for five days, its nutrient value declines before you buy it). TCG advocates it for a different reason: it’s a way to show love for your fellow man, in the concrete. (Which, I would note, is something ideologues are horrible at. They love men in the abstract, not the concrete “here and now.”)

Glenn Greenwald points out that the capitol police officer almost certainly wasn’t killed with a fire hydrant by a Trump supporter. Among other things, there’s zero footage of that heavily-video’d event and no charges have been filed. So why did the NYT insist it happened and hasn’t retracted it? The same with the rest of the MSM. It’s just another example of how the MSM has devolved into abject dishonesty and unreliability.

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