EPA used to stand for compassion

This morning I opened the newspaper and saw “EPA” on the front page headlines. “Oh, great!” I thought … until I read it stood for economic partnership agreement.

It used to stand for Environmental Protection Agency.

How times have changed … or regressed.

Shrinkflation

We are such masters at deception and self-delusion.

Until now there wasn’t a word for this trick – shrinkflation – of making things smaller while selling it to you at the same price as before. We knew about it as manufacturers (they all do it). And as consumers we notice it but forget about it seconds later.

This is why I dislike economics because it is dishonest in its methods.

I’ve said similar things about money and value before. It is easy to pull wool over the consumers eyes with visual trickery.

(Zen in) the art of serving coffee #1

If I were the owner of a coffee shop the first thing I would watch in a customer is which hand he or she uses to drink the complementary water served, and then serve the coffee with the cup handle placed towards the “handed-ness” of that customer.

This is nothing more than Mindfulness on the part of the coffee master.

Meaning

You know, nothing really has meaning.

What I mean by this is that within context things make sense. But what if you expand or contract the context? The meaning changes. So this in itself is an indication of the inherent instability of meaning.

So meaning is contextual. It is empty of any independent “substance”. Nothing new about this. Socrates said something similar about words in Cratylus. As did Buddha. And so the jump to this conclusion is not hard to reach.