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The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

portrait of Dostoyevsky by Vasily Perov

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The Thinking Center in its right functioning brings openness and the quality of “allowing.” Basically, the mind becomes quiet and allows whatever impressions are occurring to take place. When the mind becomes quiet, we do not to try to fend off the impressions of the moment by filling up our awareness with inner chatter or imaginary pictures. Whatever is here is here, and we feel secure and supported within that context.

The Feeling Center “tastes” experience, enabling us to be fully engaged with the experience. It is in the heart Center that the quality of the moment is experienced. We connect with our experiences through whatever degree of openness and sensitivity we are able to allow in our hearts. If our heart is not included, we are not touched by the quality of the experiences that we are having. The Feeling Center is also the part of us that loves the truth. By including the heart, we love the truth of whatever is happening and will not be satisfied with less.

The function of the Instinctive Center is to ground presence. Without Presence, we might allow our impressions with an open mind and experience them deeply through our hearts, but we will become identified with them. We will become lost in them. By remaining grounded in our bodies, we are conscious of the fact that there is a being who is having the experience. Then we are fully here, occupying the moment and feeling our aliveness; we welcome our experience and fully participate in it. At the same time our minds are open, spacious, and receptive to the perceptions that are taking place, inner or outer.

“Understanding the Enneagram” by Riso & Hudson

In this essay, I want to offer a competing narrative to the popular but woefully misnamed “sharing economy”… I’m going to call it a Servitude Bubble. For the simple reason that it is largely based on creating armies of servants. You can call them whatever buzzwords you like — “tech-enabled always-on super-hustling freelance personal brand capitalists”. But the truth is simpler. The stuff of the Servitude Bubble makes a small number of people something like neofeudal masters, lords with a corncucopia of on-demand just-in-time luxury services at their fingertips. But only by making a very large number of people glorified neo-servants…butlers, maids, chauffeurs, waiters, etcetera.


Game of Thrones is precisely the sort of adolescent mock-up of real drama that American audiences can tolerate. Gosh, it’s sort of just like Shakespeare, except I can understand it and there are more breasts.

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Corporations are not a given.


It’s extraordinary how certain and passionate everyone is about their nutritional beliefs—mainstream or alternative—despite the lack of any basis for them. Religion and politics are the only other domains that commonly inspire such delusional commitment.

Every human culture gives elaborate meanings to food—to hunting, gathering, growing, harvesting, processing, cooking, sharing, and eating it. Every culture has elaborate ideologies of what you should and should not do with food—most of which seem insane to anyone from a different culture.


If you care deeply about an issue, and are engaged in group activity on its behalf that is fun and inspiring and heightens your sense of solidarity with others, you are almost certainly not doing your cause any good.

Barney Frank