Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy: The 60 Minutes Interview

Zelensky: ‘We are defending the ability of a person to live in the modern world.’ In a “60 Minutes” interview with CBS on April 10, President Volodymyr Zelensky said the world is responsible for what is happening in Ukraine, comparing its inaction to that of countries that stood aside during the Second World War. “Are those countries who did not participate in the war responsible? The countries who let German forces march through Europe?

Does the world carry responsibility for the genocide? Yes. Yes, it does.”

A good case for social media, finally

I find this to be a seriously good idea. I never thought of this before. Imagine if more huge celebrities give up their social media platforms to Ukrainian heroes, to help spread the truth in the world. Highly inspired development.

I suddenly have a lot of admiration for David Beckham. We all think these celebs are so precious about their social media branding. Wow – this kind of reach could inspire positive momentum. What a brilliant idea indeed.

Imagine now if more high profile people join this idea. Talk about driving a conversation and changing minds. And the funny thing is : it will come back to Beckham in spades.

Good on him !

I reckon Ukraine is winning the information war. Never before has information been on so many platforms and been able to spread so quickly, and to so many people.

George Saunders’s Advice to Graduates

What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness.

Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded . . . sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly.

Or, to look at it from the other end of the telescope: Who, in your life, do you remember most fondly, with the most undeniable feelings of warmth?

Those who were kindest to you, I bet.

It’s a little facile, maybe, and certainly hard to implement, but I’d say, as a goal in life, you could do worse than: Try to be kinder.

Now, the million-dollar question: What’s our problem? Why aren’t we kinder?

Compliments of the season

I wanted to share some sort of holiday greeting with you, but it is difficult in today’s world to know exactly what to say without offending someone. So I met with my lawyer yesterday, and on advice I wish to say the following:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non addictive, gender neutral celebration of the summer solstice holiday practiced with the most enjoyable traditions of religious persuasion or secular practices of your choice with respect for the religious / secular persuasions and / or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.

I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2022 but not without due respect for the calendar of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make our country great (not to imply that my country is necessarily greater than any other country) and without regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms:

This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/him or others and is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. The wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.

Best Regards (without prejudice).