Time to concede that the battle is lost, going forward

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Going forward, I give up. Until a month ago I thought the way forward was to protest at the use of this horrid phrase. But now it is time to admit defeat. “Going forward” is with us on a go-forward basis, like it or not.
“Going forward”,我放弃了。前一阵子,我认为向前走就是要反对使用这个讨厌的词。如今,我承认自己失败了。不论你喜欢与否,“Going forward”以一种向前进的方式与我们同在。
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END-USER LICENSE AGREEMENT [EN-ZH]

THIS END-USER LICENSE AGREEMENT (“EULA”) CONSTITUTES THE LEGAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE LICENSEE (“YOU”) AND LAWSPIRIT TECHNOLOGIES IRELAND LIMITED (“LAWSPIRIT”) FOR THE LAWSPIRIT ftServer SOFTWARE PRODUCTS, CERTAIN THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE PRODUCTS* AND RELATED MEDIA, MATERIALS AND DOCUMENTATION (“PRODUCTS”)。 BY INSTALLING THE PRODUCT OR RETAINING IT FOR MORE THAN TEN (10) DAYS, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THIS EULA. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, YOU MUST NOT USE THE PRODUCTS AND YOU MUST RETURN THE UNUSED PRODUCTS WITHIN TEN (10) CALENDAR DAYS OF RECEIPT FOR A FULL REFUND OF ANY PAID PRODUCT USE FEES. CONTACT YOUR PRODUCTS SUPPLIER OR VENDOR FOR RETURN INSTRUCTIONS. IF YOU RECEIVED THE PRODUCTS DIRECTLY FROM LAWSPIRIT, REFER TO THE LAWSPIRIT WEB SITE AT “www.lawspirit.com” OR CONTACT YOUR LOCAL LAWSPIRIT SALES OFFICE FOR RETURN INSTRUCTIONS. IF LAWSPIRIT PROVIDES YOU WITH AN UPDATE TO ANY PRODUCT FURNISHED UNDER THIS EULA, YOU AGREE TO DESTROY THE PREVIOUS VERSION PRODUCT WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME AND USE ONLY THE PRODUCT’S UPDATED VERSION. Continue reading

GENERAL CONTINUING GUARANTY [EN-ZH]

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GENERAL CONTINUING GUARANTY

In order to induce ____________________________ (Name of Company), a ____________ (State) corporation, and any other Co-Buyer or Participant as specified in the Agreements (Buyer) to extend and/or to continue to extend financial accommodations to the Seller specified below, or pursuant to any other present or future agreement between Buyer and Seller (hereinafter collectively referred to as the Agreements), and in consideration thereof, and in consideration of any loans,advances, or financial accommodations heretofore or hereafter granted by Buyer to or for the account of Seller, whether pursuant to the Agreements, or otherwise, the undersigned officer(s), authorized agent(s) or third party guarantors of Seller(hereinafter collectively and individually referred to as the Guarantor) hereby, jointly and severally, guarantees, promises and undertakes as follows: Continue reading

The Theory of Love

By Erich Fromm

Mature love is union under the condition of preserving one’s integrity, one’s individuality. Love is an active power in man; a power which breaks through the walls which separate man from his fellow men, which unites him with others; love makes him overcome the sense of isolation and separateness, yet it permits him to be himself, to retain his integrity. In love the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two.

If we say love is an activity, we face a difficulty which lies in the ambiguous meaning of the word “activity.” By “activity,” in the modern usage of the word, is usually meant an action which brings about a change in an existing situation by means of an expenditure of energy. Thus a man is considered active if he does business, studies medicine, works on an endless belt, builds a table; or is engaged in sports. Common to all these activities is that they are directed toward an outside goal to be achieved. What is not taken into account is the motivation of activity. Take for instance a man driven to incessant work by a sense of deep insecurity and loneliness, or another one driven by ambition, or greed for money. In all these cases the person is the slave of a passion, and his activity is in reality a “ passivity ” because he is driven: he is the sufferer, not the “actor ”. On the other hand a man sitting quiet and contemplating, with no purpose or aim except that of experiencing himself and his oneness with the world, is considered to be “ passive ” because he is not “ doing ” anything. In reality, this attitude of concentrated meditation is the highest activity there is, an activity of the soul, which is possible only under the condition of inner freedom and independence. One concept of activity, the modern one, refers to the use of energy for the achievement of external aims: the other concept of activity refers to the use of man’s inherent powers, regardless of whether any external change is brought about. The latter concept of activity has been formulated most clearly by Spinoza. He differentiates among the affects between active and passive affects, “actions” and “passions.” In the exercise of an active affect, man is free, he is the master of his affect; in the exercise of a passive affect, man is driven, the object of motivations of which he himself is not aware. Thus Spinoza arrives at the statement that virtue and power are one and the same. Envy, jealously, ambition, and any kind of greed are passions: love is an action, the practice of a human power, which can be practiced only in freedom and never as the result of a compulsion.  Continue reading

Three Days to See

By Helen Keller

All of us have read thrilling stories in which the hero had only a limited and specified time to live. Sometimes it was as long as a year; sometimes as short as twenty-four hours. But always we were interested in discovering just how the doomed man chose to spend his last days or his last hours. I speak, of course, of free men who have a choice, not condemned criminals whose sphere of activities is strictly delimited.

Such stories set us thinking, wondering what we should do under similar circumstances. What events, what experiences, what associations should we crowd into those last hours as mortal beings? What happiness should we find in reviewing the past, what regrets?

Sometimes I have thought it would be an excellent rule to live each day as if we should die tomorrow. Such an attitude would emphasize sharply the values of life. We should live each day with a gentleness, a vigor, and a keenness of appreciation which are often lost when time stretches before us in the constant panorama of more days and months and years to come. There are those, of course, who would adopt the Epicurean motto of “Eat, drink, and be merry,” but most people would be chastened by the certainty of impending death. Continue reading

The Listener

By John Berry

Once there was a puny little Czech concert violinist named Rudolf, who lived in Sweden. Some of his friends thought he was not the best of musicians because he was restless; others thought he was restless because he was not the best of musicians. At any rate, he hit upon a way of making a living, with no competitors. Whether by choice or necessity, he used to sail about Scandinavia in his small boat, all alone, giving concerts in little seaport towns. If he found accompanists, well and good; if not, he played works for unaccompanied violin; and it happened once or twice that he wanted a piano so badly that he imagined one, and then he played whole sonatas for violin and piano, with no piano in sight.

One year Rudolf sailed all the way out to Iceland and began working his way around that rocky coast from one town to another. It was a hard, stubborn land; but people in those difficult places do not forget the law of hospitality to the stranger–for their God may decree that they too shall become strangers on the face of the earth. The audiences were small, and even if Rudolf had been really first-rate, they would not have been very demonstrative. From ancient times their energy had gone, first of all, into earnest toil. Sometimes they were collected by the local schoolteacher, who reminded them of their duty to the names of Beethoven and Bach and Mozart and one or two others whose music perhaps was not much heard in those parts. Too often people sat stolidly watching the noisy little fiddler, and went home feeling gravely edified. But they paid. Continue reading

SOLVE THAT PROBLEM — WITH HUMOR

By William D. Ellis

A lot of us lose life’s tougher confrontations by mounting a frontal attack — when a touch of humor might well enable us to chalk up a win. Consider the case of a young friend of mine, who hit a traffic jam en route to work shortly after receiving an ultimatum about being late on the job. Although there was a good reason for Sam’s chronic tardiness —serious illness at home — he decided that this by-now-familiar excuse wouldn’t work any longer. His supervisor was probably already pacing up and down with a dismissal speech rehearsed.

He was. Sam entered the office at 9:35. The place was as quiet as a locker room; everyone was hard at work. Sam’s supervisor approached him. Suddenly, Sam forced a grin and shoved out his hand. “How do you do!” he said. “I’m Sam Maynard. I’m applying for a job which I understand became available just 35 minutes ago.Does the early bird get the worm?”

The room exploded in laughter. The supervisor clamped off a smile and walked back to his office. Sam Maynard had saved his job — with the only tool that could win, a laugh.

Humor is a most effective, yet frequently neglected, means of handling the difficult situations in our lives. It can be used for patching up differences, apologizing, saying “no,” criticizing, getting the other fellow to do what you want without his losing face. For some jobs, it’s the only tool that can succeed. Continue reading

A Dill Pickle

By Katherine Mansfield

And then, after six years, she saw him again. He was seated at one of those little bamboo tables decorated with a Japanese vase of paper daffodils. He was peeling an orange.

He must have felt that shock of recognition in her for he looked up and met her eyes. Incredible! He didn’t know her.

She smiled, he frowned. She came towards him. He closed his eyes an instant, but opening them his face lit up as though he had struck a match in a dark room. He laid down the orange and pushed back his chair.

“Vera!” he exclaimed. “How strange. Really, for a moment I didn’t know you. Won’t you sit down? Won’t you have some coffee?”

“Yes, I’d like some coffee.” And she sat down opposite him.

“You’ve changed. You’ve changed very much,” he said, staring at her with that eager, lighted look. “You look so well. I’ve never seen you look so well before.”

“Really?” She raised her veil and unbuttoned her high fur collar. “I don’t feel very well. I can’t bear this weather, you know.”
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The PLEASURE OF LEARNING

By Jerome K. Jerome

As most schools are set up today, learning is compulsory. It is an Ought, even worse, a Must, enforced by regular hours and rigid discipline. And the young sneer at the Oughts and resist the Musts with all their energy. The feeling often lasts through a lifetime. For too many of us, learning appears to be a surrender of our own will to external direction,a sort of enslavement.

This is a mistake. Learning is a natural pleasure,inborn and instinctive, one of the essential pleasures of the human race. Watch a small child, at an age too young to have had any mental habits implanted by training. Some delightful films made by the late Dr. Arnold Gesell of Yale

University show little creatures who can barely talk investigating problems with all the zeal and excitement of explorers, making discoveries with the passion and absorption of dedicated scientists. At the end of each successful investigation, there comes over each tiny face an expression of pure heart-felt pleasure.

When Archimedes discovered the principle of specific gravity by observing his own displacement of water in a bathtub, he leaped out with delight, shouting, “Eureka,Eureka!” (“I have found it, I have found it!”) The instinct which prompted his outburst, and the joy of its gratification, are possessed by all children. Continue reading

Multinational Corporations

You must have heard about General Motors. But do you know that in 1973, the annual sales of GM were actually greater than the combined GNP of Switzerland, Pakistan and South Africa? Yes, corporations such as GM, IBM, and ITT are extremely powerful. In fact the combined physical assets of all global corporations we were estimated at more than $ 200 billion. And that was more than twenty years ago.Today their power has greatly increased, and is still growing. So much so, that some observers believe that by the end of this century, the 300 largest corporations will account for more than half of the world’s industrial production.

The most commonly used term for this type of transnational organization is “multinational corporation”. It does not mean that they are all transnational in personnel. The top level of management usually comes predominantly from one country. In most cases, the country is clearly identifiable as the home country. GM for example, is based in the United States. So are the others mentioned above.

What makes them multinational is the scope of their perations. They manufacture and sell their products where it is most profitable, by passing the formal boundaries of states as much as they can and dealing with the governments of states as little as they can. Being ?”multinational”, they have little loyalty toward any one country. When their interests conflict with the political interests of a country, they will always put their business interests first. To them, political boundaries are irrelevant to the business of selling automobiles or Coca Cola. The chair of Dow Chemical ?Company once expressed the wish that he could buy an island owned by no nation, on which to establish his World Headquarters so that the corporation could be truly on neutral ground. Continue reading