Randoms of the day

– Happiness studies suggest that being Amish makes you just as happy as being a billionaire.

– More on The Talk (this post puts the article in context in a helpful way)

– Totally unrelatedly, here’s a list of offensive stuff Marion Barry has said. That list leaves off my favorite: "Outside of the killings, DC has one of the lowest crime rates in the country." (In addition to being absurd, it’s completely not true).

– If I understand this correctly, then "voice forensics" is basically bullshit, is that right?

Monarchy news round-up


13 Responses to Randoms of the day

  1. Jehu says:

    If you’re an Amish, you live in a society with its own organic womenfolk who are totally insulated from the status hierarchy of the society at large. Not only that, if you’re an Amish man, you’re a frequent romantic figure in ‘Christian Women’s fiction’ as seen in the various grocery stores. Your society is patriachy, which gives nearly all of the women a higher status mate than themselves. Add to this the fact that you probably have higher vitamin D levels than most of the rest of the population, lowing your inflammation levels and the fact that you have next to no contact with negative propaganda on a pervasive level (no TV, for instance). Why wouldn’t you be happy?

    • Anonymous says:


      Also, recall this old story:

      An American businessman was standing at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish.

      “How long it took you to catch them?” The American asked.

      “Only a little while.” The Mexican replied.

      “Why don’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?” The American then asked.

      “I have enough to support my family’s immediate needs.” The Mexican said.

      “But,” The American then asked, “What do you do with the rest of your time?”

      The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life, senor.”

      The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds you buy a bigger boat, and with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats.”

      “Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the consumers, eventually opening your own can factory. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

      The Mexican fisherman asked, “But senor, how long will this all take?”

      To which the American replied, “15-20 years.”

      “But what then, senor?”

      The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO (Initial Public Offering) and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.”

      “Millions, senor? Then what?”

      The American said slowly, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos…”

    • Alrenous says:

      There’s phases in life where the child’s mind turns from play to work, where they try to copy their elders. “I want to help,” they often say. The Amish don’t frustrate this instinct.

      “The owner’s teenage son, David, worked at the shop. Like a lot of Amish who work along side their parents from an early age, he was incredibly poised and mature.”

      • Jehu says:

        I see that in kids as young as 2. They want to be helpful and to be like their parents. Often times it is work to bend their will to get them to obey, but they’re eager to feed and water the cat or to help take out the garbage or the mail.

      • Foseti says:

        My son’s not 2 yet, and you can see this already. He wants to help with everything. Of course, letting him help slows you down, but it’s generally worth the extra time.

  2. PA says:

    Like a lot of Amish who work along side their parents from an early age, he was incredibly poised and mature

    Having seen the movie Witness in the 80s, I was under an impression that Amish men were delicate and wimpy, like the stereotype of church boys. Then I spent a weekend in Amish country and saw that the men (ones I interacted with at markets and such), even young boys, were very alpha. Looking you straight in the eye like an adult and talking very confidently.

    This thread reminds me how a few years ago at Chateau, a question came up on how is Amish pacifism an adaptive quality. Commenter Vladimir (is it the same V who comments here?) Made a really good point about how this is how Amish manage to be benignly ignored by whatever government they live nder. If they were overtly macho with guns, etc., they’d risk getting the Branch Davidians treatment as a dangerous insular minority.

    • I’ve often wondered how the Amish fare in Mexico, since I suppose it is a good blueprint for how they will fare in the America of the future.

    • Vladimir says:


      Yes, that’s me. These days I don’t have nearly as much time for blog commenting as a I did a few years ago, but I still enjoy reading your comments whenever I see them on various blogs.

      In any case, it’s nice to run into you again. I hope all is well with you and your family, and happy Easter!

  3. […] on Monarchy and Democracy Last Month (Hat tip: Foseti) The Mad Monarchist also […]

  4. Phlebas says:

    More jollies on the freedom train.


    Has anyone here ever written anything that Anders Breivik might have “Facebook-liked”? Then this news concerns you.

  5. dearieme says:

    Monarchy: a young friend plans to visit Amsterdam soon for Queen’s Day. She’s bought orange jeans for the event.

  6. Thanks for the link, sir.

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