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Old Wine in New Bottles

As I scan the New York Times list of non-fiction bestsellers, I lament that I cannot find anything new, nothing that has not already been written or said before, nothing that causes me to throw open the window and shout, “Aha!” to the world. There are some exceptions in the natural sciences and in the STEM fields, but in philosophy or the social sciences, we seem very stale and stuck. Where are the fresh ideas about the world, and how we could make it better for all?

It seems that new writers discover, for the first time, an idea that has been around for eons, and write about it as if it were an original idea that they are the first to discover—old wine in new bottles.

Even, I confess, in my own work, Courage, Authenticity, Service, Truthfulness, Love and Effectiveness, known by the acronymic rubric, “The CASTLE® Principles”, and practiced globally by millions, is not new. In fact, my friend Marianne Williamson once told me that the reason the CASTLE® philosophy is so widely loved is because there is nothing new to learn, only things to be recalled that we have forgotten.

Has nothing new been written, or new ideas been shared, that would avoid the lies and misinformation that caused the colossal and catastrophic disaster of the Covid-10 pandemic, or that could enable the peoples of Ukraine and Russia to seek a better world together?  Are we doomed to live in a world where politicians focus on mutual disparagement instead of building a better world together? Are we destined to fail to learn from our past, to relive the old saw that history repeats itself, and simply keep repeating old tropes, and peddling outdated ideas that no longer serve us?

Could one of the 2095 billionaires in the world, with their $8 trillion combined net worth, be inspired to create a new Nobel-like prize for the best idea that will bring peace and wellbeing to humanity? Or could the Nobel Peace Prize be expanded to include recognition of a practical idea, or work, that can be applied by humanity for the benefit of all?

Do you have a new idea that could be a winner? Or a book that has changed your life, could change mine, or perhaps, even change the world?

Ask me a Question!

Ask me a Question!

For many people, the world feels less inspiring these days, so we decided to start a new movement to change that. We are building a community. As part of this ambitious initiative, I posted a comment on social media in which I said: "Ask me a question about...

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The Amazon Monopoly

The Amazon Monopoly

Warning:  This is a rant! There are millions of books on Amazon.com and hundreds of thousands of authors who earn their living—theoretically—from this market-dominant company. The mechanics of how this works for an author may not be obvious to the general public. ...

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A Very Special Offer

A Very Special Offer

One of the regular participants in our weekly Inspiration in the Cloud Zoom sessions (www.secretan.com/inspiration-cloud), and my good friend, Stephan Hein from London, UK, is offering a very special gift to us – he will present a Yoga Nidra session for us on March...

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What a New American President Can Teach Us

What a New American President Can Teach Us

Thirteen years ago, the day after President Barack Obama was elected to his first term in office (November 5, 2008), I wrote the following blog. Then I posted it again prior to his second term, and again following the Innauguration of President Trump. Here, I offer it...

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Let’s Aim Higher!

Let’s Aim Higher!

I don’t know if you are a fan of New Year’s resolutions, but the last day of 2020 seems the most appropriate time to address that subject. To put it kindly, 2020 has been a challenging year. There is much talk about flattening the curve, inoculating the majority of...

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Let’s Hold Hands!

Let’s Hold Hands!

Back in March of 2020, you and your friend set out on a long walking trek across the wilderness.  The trip is about 500 miles. It's December now and you have reached the 300-mile mark. You find yourselves exhausted, frustrated, dejected, overwhelmed, stressed and fed...

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Three of my favorite quotes.

Three of my favorite quotes.

As we navigate through challenging times together, I thought I would share with you three of  my favorite quotes.  They always keep me company, and these days, even more than usual, they are very important companions for me.  I hope they will also be grounding for you...

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Become a Certified Higher Ground Leader

Become a Certified Higher Ground Leader

If you would like to become Certified as a coach, consultant or facilitator of Lance Secretan’s renowned Higher Ground Leadership®, or just learn more about this deep and inspiring body of work, we have two new opportunities for you. NOTE: If you have previously...

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A Second Wave is Coming—This one is Burnout!

A Second Wave is Coming—This one is Burnout!

According to the latest research, burnout is reaching unprecedented levels. As we all wrestle with the extraordinary onslaught of change, challenge and dysfunction, traditional online means of support are proving inadequate. Access to an Employment Assistance Program...

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A Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity

A Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity

In 1970, Milton Friedman famously wrote, "There is one and only one social responsibility of business—to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits....". For this kind of thinking, Friedman was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in...

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Cheer up!

Cheer up!

It seems that we can’t open our news feeds these days without reading another depressing headline. So, here is my antidote for you today:     First, Visit www.inspirepledge.com and make a commitment to being your best, inspiring self today, and just as...

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A Weekly Shot of Inspiration

A Weekly Shot of Inspiration

Last March, I invited people to join me in an experimental weekly Zoom video call for some mutual inspiration. The original intention was to provide support to frontline workers during Covid. I committed to hosting these sessions for one month, but everyone was...

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