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Nobody likes double standards, at least in theory.

Double standards treat people differently for reasons that normally shouldn't make a difference.

For example, consider last week's university admissions scandal. Some ...

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When you're a small child, you feel that everything is about you.

Your parents often encourage that delusion. They try to create a bubble where your needs are satisfied, your feelings are considered, and your safety is ensured. It's a bubble where fairness matters, and nothing very bad can happen. The more conscientious the parents, the worse ...

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In 1949, the legendary American comedian Groucho Marx resigned from the Friars Club of Beverly Hills. His reason?

"I don't want to belong to any club that would accept me as one of its members."

A lot of people are starting to feel that way about the internet. The hate, hysteria, Twitter mobs, privacy ...

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We're all a mixture of good and bad impulses.

That's not new. Alexander Pope observed in 1734:

"Virtuous and vicious every man must be,
Few in the extreme, but all in the degree,
The rogue and fool by fits is fair and wise;
And ...

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"Quitters never win, and winners never quit. But those who never win and never quit are idiots."
   -- Despair.com

Don't be a quitter. But don't be an idiot, either.

The problem in many situations is to know which is which.

Contrary to Despair.com's funny ...

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