Ecclesiastes 7:10

Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?”
For it is not wise to ask such questions.

This is good advice. I often find myself going through my memory picking out all the good stuff from some point in time and ignoring (or having forgotten) the bad stuff. The old days were the way they were. Don’t glorify them.

A great editorial on Payday Loans, and Lotteries

from the Washington Post

In a place where government has utterly failed to provide adequate education and public services, government is using advertising to exploit the desperation of poor people in order to raise revenue that funds other people’s public services. This is often called a “regressive” form of taxation. The word does not adequately capture the cruelty and crookedness of selling a lie to vulnerable people in order to bilk them.

This is a justice thing, it shouldn’t be political.

Speaking of confirmation bias…

Is it Okay to Take a Risk – and Fail?

From a knowledge standpoint I saw that headline and had thoughts along the lines of: “Of course, if you never fail when taking risks then “risk” is a meaningless word.

From a “how I live my life” point of view I definitely make choices as if success is never failing.

Like they say, “In theory, practice is the same as theory, but in practice it isn’t”