#9 Circles of Control

Circles of Hierocles shared from https://howtobeastoic.wordpress.com/2016/01/12/hierocles-a-conservative-stoic/ The diagram above is an example of a control technique called Classification.  It also signals that it is part of a control system, because there is Repetition (see post #2). We humans love to organize people, places, things, and ideas in order to better understand and control each other... Continue Reading →


There are few humans on earth who have not seen or heard the COVID-19 Rules repeated over and over again. Stay at home. Don’t go outside. Stay at home. Don’t go outside.   Stay at home. Don’t go outside. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Stay at... Continue Reading →


Today I went to the supermarket. I wore an N-95 face mask, eye protection and latex gloves.   I wanted a carton of whole milk, but had to settle for two-percent.  I wanted more paper towels, but there wasn’t a single roll to be had.  That’s ok, I won’t run out for another month, so... Continue Reading →


Repetition signals control.  The problem is, repetition is ubiquitous.  Look around you.  Where do you see objects that can be counted as more than one?  Put an “s” on its name and you have recognized a control system.  Walls, windows, doors?  They signal a control system we call a building.  We humans can’t control the... Continue Reading →

#1 Who Or What Is In Control?

At any given moment, someone or something is controlling you, and at the same time, you are controlling something or someone else. That control is never absolute. There will always be leaks in the control system. Always.  You might ask yourself: Who or what is controlling me right now? Who or what am I controlling... Continue Reading →

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