From the Despair of the Present, a Great Society will Arise

By Ari Bussel

I often recount the story of where I used to bank. At one point they considered us the fastest growing company in their portfolio, and we were treated like royalty. All the fake elements were there, including fascination, envy, need to extol and become close. None real or long lasting, they would all change in a heartbeat.

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The Extra Step

By Ari Bussel

Taking the extra step is the least convenient yet most rewarding action one can do. A person was not feeling well, and you promised to check up on him. Then things got hectic, and you forgot, or you thought to yourself someone else will be checking up on him. Except no one ever does.

There is no one else involved, except you and your inner spirits: One veering you to laziness, inaction and complete satisfaction with inaction. The other punches you in the stomach, urging, encouraging even promising you an internal reward.

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The Ugly Side of Things

By Ari Bussel

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The weather in Israel has not made up its mind yet – so, one day it is Spring, the next back to Winter, and we are already on the last day of April. Indeed, Mother Nature this year has been volatile the world over, from tornados to earthquakes, tsunamis to uncharacteristic rain or warmth. Shall we attempt to read anything into this unusual behavior, possibly an omen for us?

Israelis are often compared to a cactus fruit, thorny outside and sweet inside. I was thinking about this description during the last few days, as I experienced the following instances in greater intensity than ever before. As if people know something is about to happen so they are restless, less cordial, more careless when caution is needed.

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