April 30, 2008
People talk about "life-changing experiences" pretty casually.
This trip to Greece changed my life. This book I read changed my life.
Really? How are you living differently?
These things may have altered your outlook, or you may have really enjoyed the experience, but did they truly alter your world view in a transformative way?
What have you experienced that has truly CHANGED your life?
Posted by Eric Olsen at 2:04 PM
April 29, 2008
Ever been driving, and get cut off just so the person can slow down once they get in front of you, and you throw your hands in the air and shout "What is Wrong with these People?"
Exactly. There's a problem with the human condition. A problem with you. And with me.
And we can all feel it.
Posted by Eric Olsen at 6:57 AM
April 28, 2008
First of all, polygamy only works in a theistic culture where marriage is required for sexual relations. Otherwise, you'd just commit adultery.
So, let's say a guy falls in love and gets married. Then, one day, he sees another girl and is attracted to her.
But, how can this be? He's married. UNLESS, God wants him to be with that girl, too. After all, he's "naturally" attracted to her. Only problem is, he still loves his first wife, and doesn't want to get divorced either.
Wait a minute....I think I have an idea.
And there you have it.
But, what if your wife has similar "natural" feelings toward another man? Well, that's the devil, of course.
Posted by Eric Olsen at 8:33 AM
April 25, 2008
I wonder if different songs would be more effective at attracting attention or promoting specific items? I mean, do Turkey in the Straw or The Entertainer really make you hungry for ice cream, or is just a Pavlov thing at this point?
Similarly, if you threw a mariachi beat onto the song, do you think they'd sell more Choco Tacos?
Posted by Eric Olsen at 6:36 AM
April 24, 2008
I think human expectations for ourselves have gotten tremendously low.
Sure, maybe you're not addicted to drugs. But aren't there failures of omission as well? If Michael Jordan thought training was too hard. If Mother Theresa thought poverty was gross.
Let's raise the bar here, folks. We're tremendously capable, and yet, we seem to be too easily satisfied. Let's aim for something big. It'll be worth it.
Posted by Eric Olsen at 9:39 AM
April 23, 2008
So, the black and orange wrapped candies at Halloween that old people give away have kind of gotten by as a joke, right? People buy them every year, mostly for nostalgia, but no one really likes them.
That makes me realize that a product does not even have to be good to be a success. My goal now is to create a product WORSE than those orange and black so-called "peanut butter kisses" and become a billionaire.
Posted by Eric Olsen at 11:13 AM
April 22, 2008
April 21, 2008
Is there a population problem?
If you believe over-population is a problem, then don't you also have to believe that you are more valuable to the world dead than alive?
Humans are the solution - not the problem. It will be human innovation that comes up with the solution to our resource problems. Not a child-limit mandate.
Posted by Eric Olsen at 10:45 AM
April 18, 2008
Answer in order. Pause before continuing.
1) Is someone who says lying is wrong, and then lies, a hypocrite?
2) Is someone who says prostitution is wrong, and then hires a prostitute, a hypocrite?
3) If you have different answers to the first two questions, is that only because we don't want to think of ourselves as hypocrites?
Posted by Eric Olsen at 2:23 PM
April 17, 2008
"You go to a personal trainer? Wow, you must be really fat."
That statement doesn't happen. People are usually encouraged by their peers to continue on their quest for health.
So, why are people embarrassed to say that they see a counselor or therapist?
Everyone goes to school. After formal education, most people continue learning through classes, reading on their own, self-help seminars and church. No one thinks they magically get brilliant by themselves.
Yet, there's a stigma against getting help dealing with personal or relation struggles. Let's stop it. Everyone SHOULD see a counselor. We're all freak shows.
Posted by Eric Olsen at 8:05 AM
April 16, 2008
If Jim Carey makes $400 million a year making crappy films, most people are ok with that because they don't have to see the film.
If a CEO of a computer company makes $400 million a year, and the company does bad, people start talking about legislating salary ceiling laws, even though they are not forced to work, take ownership or shop at said business.
Is it because Jim Carey is funny?
Posted by Eric Olsen at 10:42 AM
April 15, 2008
So, here's my problem.
Many people love to talk. But, many of these people are also very boring.
e.g. "So, I was at the store last tuesday, or maybe it was wednesday, no, definitely tuesday, yeah, 'cause it was right after she called me about that thing, anyway..."
And yet, if I spin my finger to get people to skip to the point, they are rightfully insulted.
So, I am looking for us to develop a universal symbol or phrase to signal the speaker that "this train of thought is unnecessary to the point."
Obviously, teaching the world the life skill of empathizing with the listener would be a more mutually beneficial long-term solution, but in the short-term, I'm just looking to get out of some of these avoidable time wasters.
Posted by Eric Olsen at 9:21 AM
April 14, 2008
"Communism works in theory, but not in practice."
Ever hear this? There is an inherent flaw in this logic.
Let's say I claim to have a magic ring that makes people want to give me money when I wear it. But, the ring does not work. Was it a good theory?
No. I liked the theory, because I was looking forward to the results that the theory promised. But, it was a terrible theory, because there was no good reason to believe that it would make good on the promise. It was mere wishful thinking.
Posted by Eric Olsen at 10:49 AM
April 11, 2008
#9. William Henry Harrison
On March 4, 1841, Harrison took the oath of office and then proceeded to deliver the longest inaugural address in the history of the Presidency, in the cold, without a coat, hat or gloves. The cold he came down with after this speech turned into pneumonia a few weeks later after getting caught outside during a rainstorm. Harrison died exactly one month into his term on April 4.
Posted by Eric Olsen at 10:07 AM
April 10, 2008
April 09, 2008
April 08, 2008
My friend's getting married. So, I went to Target.com to pick something out from his registry. I did not know he was registered here. But, it has become my default store to guess first. Probably about an 80% success rate. And success today.
But, the wedding date did not match his wedding date. So, I got confused. But, with matching bride and groom and bride names, and an Illinois wedding...I felt pretty safe purchasing.
It also made me think of an idea.
Find a couple who's getting married. Maybe look in your local paper for engagement announcements. See if they're registered at Target.com. If not, you go and register at Target.com under their names and have the gifts shipped to your address.
Then, send gracious thank you cards for every gift you receive.
Posted by Eric Olsen at 8:17 AM
April 07, 2008
Theory #1: Kids grow up too fast. They're seeing things and experiencing things that ruin their innocence too early in life.
Theory #2: Kids don't grow up fast enough. There are too many 22-year-olds out there who have no idea what responsibility means.
Which way do you lean?
'cause I think both are right. But, it's not just the "innocence" that I'm worried about kids losing.
It's the fact they love unconditionally. They forgive blindly. Their dad can be the biggest jerk in the world, and they still want to hug him.
When do we lose that?
Posted by Eric Olsen at 11:23 AM
April 04, 2008
Alright, we haven't offended anyone in a couple days. So, it's about time.
Could a very effeminate male be considered, in terms of gender, a female?
And therefore, if they are also homosexual, is their natural desire for a male unnatural, or actually very natural?
Posted by Eric Olsen at 12:02 PM
April 03, 2008
Let's say a tourist is visiting this country and gets mugged. He'll go home thinking this country sucks and might preach against the consequences of freedom in his country.
So, next time you see a tourist, give him $5.
He might go home and change the world.
Posted by Eric Olsen at 3:49 PM
April 02, 2008
Let's say you never give your kid crappy food.
And I don't mean unhealthy, I mean only GOOD unhealthy. No Dominos. Only Lou Malnatis. No Fudgsicles. Only Godiva.
The child would develop a much more discerning palette at an early age. And then growing up as a child, having mostly access to only the lower-class of unhealthy goods at birthday parties and the like, the child would reject them.
Is this feasible, or can you only develop a palette that can tell the difference between good and bad if you actually experience both?
Posted by Eric Olsen at 1:46 PM
April 01, 2008
And while 2,000 years ago, it was appropriate to identify Jesus as a Jew, I no longer think this identification makes sense. 2,000 years ago, Jews were the remnant of the children of God, those who followed the commands of the law, waiting for the Messiah to come who would fix the separation problem between man and God that happened because of the fall in the Garden.
Jesus claimed to be that Messiah.
So, today, Jews are the remnant of THAT remnant who do NOT believe that Jesus was that Messiah.
And by definition, doesn't that excludes Jesus as a Jew?
Posted by Eric Olsen at 8:02 AM