Why Techie Hipsters are Less than Zero

Last week I went to a Salesforce world tour event in Toronto. The presentations were persuasive and enjoyable. All the presenters were extremely likable. I expected to have fun, and I did. But suddenly, from out from the blue clear sky, a flurry of questions struck my central nervous system. Just like that, the inner constitutional architecture of my belief systems were shattered like 9/11.

If business innovation means spending the rest of my life paying more attention to screens, obsessing over apps, or having a better gaming experience, what will happen to my marriage? What kind of a foundation is that for maintaining a healthy family or community?

Goddesses of Greektown: Resetting the World

More than any other writer, it was Ayn Rand who brought me closer to Greece.   Her masterpieces The Fountainhead, and Atlas Shrugged made me want to study Greek Philosophy, especially Aristotle, and every thinker throughout the history of ideas.  Like Kazantzakis, she was a brilliant artist who continues to be misunderstood, and defamed by people who refuse to even read her.  She has been an inspiration to millions and there are many women who still love her work.  But none of them would call themselves feminists.  It makes me wonder what kind of a woman rushes to embrace feminism and what kind of a woman is reluctant to embrace it.  With women shattering glass ceilings throughout the public, corporate, and nonprofit world, one has to speculate whether feminism should be given the credit, or should Ayn Rand’s ghost take a bow? I bet she’s taking it with Kazantzakis.  Did I dare and put these two in the same paragraph?

My First Interview In Greek

Thank you to Katerina Ladopoulou of the Correspondents union of the Greek Oversees Press for my first interview in Greek.

Immunity and Corruption

 

When I think seriously about the corruption that plagues our civic institutions, I can’t help but focus on those who have immunity to operate above the law, and those who are rewarded just enough to look the other way. Consequently, psychopathy becomes the default moral ideal for the young aspiring to be “successful.”  Does this apply only to Greece?  Of course it doesn’t.  Currently, the revelations regarding Greece’s corruption are providing the world with another universal mirror to reflect on.

U.S. Per Person Debt is 35% Higher than Greece. What it really means?

U.S. Per Person Debt is 35% Higher than Greece. What does that mean?
It means the non-productive ruling elite of one country is superior at predatory parasitism. I don’t know whether Greece is an example, an experiement, or a scapegoat, but I’m becoming more conscious that Greeks didn’t develop their brand of corruption in a vacuum. Their best, and brightest traveled abroad and learn parasitism at the top universities in the world. It’s clear, isn’t it? Some countries have dumbed down their populace better than others. Ivory Towers and parasitism have been best friends since the beginning of time.

The Greece Lightning Effect

Greek culture has sparked many  Black SwanHuckleberry Finns throughout human history. These are the outlier anomalies  that unsettle conventional wisdom.  Modern science, art, technology and the many renaissances would not exist without Greece.  The Flash Crash of May 6, 2010 is a great example of this.  After this day, no one could help but feel that the stock market was a rigged financial casino, and that the sanctity of our institutions is dangerously fragile.  The spirit of Prometheus has never been stronger.

Earning a Greek State of Mind

There are those who call themselves Greeks who are, in actuality, frauds.  It truly pains me to witness this hyperinflation of counterfeit egos: those who express an empty patriotism for Greece without nurturing a Hellenic conscience.  This Hellenic state of mind is the result of a continuous development of reason; it is a set of genuine virtues; it is learning whatever one can in order to earn Western Civilization’s gold standard.