Epiphany Moments

Posted by Abaco 5 months, 1 week ago to Culture
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OK...play with me here. I was just talking with a coworker about this. There are many, many instances in my life where something small jumped out and created what I'd call an epiphany moment. I thought we could create a thread here were we can all share such moments that we experienced. Let's only share one per post, perhaps discuss among each other each one. My comment was that I could probably write a book of such moments in my life - there have been a lot...some big, some small. All somewhat entertaining. So, to start things off I'll share what I was just talking about today.

We were discussing how books are disappearing to some degree (print vs. digital) and the subject of Blockbuster Video came up (how they sucked which prompted my buddy to join Netflix long before most of us knew of them). After the great recession a movie was made, "Inside Job", explaining the financial crisis and related corruption. I've still never seen it. But, upon learning it had won an Academy Award I waltzed on into our local Blockbuster and saw that it wasn't on the shelf. I asked the young man at the counter where it was and he said, "Yeah. We don't carry it." I found that really fascinating. "Blockbuster" was a misnomer. They were out of business in about a year... I know - not much to this one. I have some real doosies that will follow.


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  • Posted by Pecuniology 5 months, 1 week ago
    While reading Helmut Schoeck's Envy, I was delighted to see several Objectivist 'dog whistles'. One was that the envious live in the range of the moment and literally have stunted sense of time. Another was that envy underlies all versions of Cultural Marxism.

    My epiphany was this: Envy is the only one of the Seven Deadly Sins that isn't fun.

    One can imagine starting a cult based on Lust, Gluttony, Sloth, Vanity, Greed, or even Vengeance, but Envy? For real?!?

    No wonder socialists, existentialists, deconstructionists, feminists, intersectionalists, postmodernists, et al. are so miserable all the time!
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  • Posted by CircuitGuy 5 months, 1 week ago
    I am fascinated by epiphanies, but I haven't experienced one. The closest thing was when I got laid off of a job I knew I should quit. I remember feeling like I was spinning. I wanted this to happen, but I didn't have the guts to quit. Great things came from it. Now I'm much quicker to pull the trigger on big decisions, including quitting jobs, clients, employees, etc. I used to think of quitting or firing as mean-spirited, but now I think life is short, and I don't want to waste my life or anyone else's in an arrangement that isn't working. I'm very grateful to that job and the people I met and grateful they pulled the trigger, which helped me learn the importance of executing.
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