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What is your character?

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I colleague at work once asked me if I'm an honest person.
I replied yes.
To which he replied a hypothetical.
What if I was held at gunpoint and a lie could could free.
I replied that I would lie.
He then replied, we are all as honest as we can be in the situation.

Writing this, I am reminded of another commentary you have probably heard.
Man: "Would you sleep with me for a million dollars?".
Woman: "Why, sure!"
Man:  "Would you sleep with me for twenty bucks?"
Woman: "Hell, no, what kind of woman do you think I am!?"
Man: "We're already established you're a whore. We're just negotiating the price"  Philosophy Extreme Both of these situations approach character from an extreme point of view. It's common in philosophy to pose these kinds of questions that seem to have merit, but really don't. It attempts to plant the seed that there is no morality. If you're willing to compromise your morality at the extrem…

Canada Auto-fill Tax Return

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Just some positive news for the day. I was filing my taxes and it looks like the CRA (Canadian Revenue Agency) is making strides towards auto-filling people's tax returns.

Pretty much all the slips (T4, T5s...) get populated automatically in the tax filing software (Ufile in my case). I found a couple small issues. It looks like this feature breaks up T3s into smaller slips. So there was some confusion in reconciling my TD Waterhouse T3 slips with the CRA's version. I verified the summation of the ones submitted to the CRA matched the cumulative TD slips.

In previous years, the most frustrating part was doing the tax filings for stock trading capital gains. But even here, the auto-fill system picked up all my stock sales. Although it missed the book-value. Here's hoping they get that up and running for next year.

At least for the average person, it looks like we're well underway to autofilling the entire tax return.
Some steps will probably be more complex. Donations,…

Reality Distorition

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I've always had trouble with dishonestly. People who are dishonest get held at arms length. It really is my inability to process it that is my issue. Other people seem to get through fine trusting on the emotional connection with the person. Probably the way I was raised and my childhood struggle with reading people pushed me to rely on it so much. Yet, I was on Reddit today, and came across a post by someone talking about how they distort reality. Is it intentional. Do they remember that they distorted reality. It was just a great post. He is definitely correct that I can't get my head around it even though I understand it intellectually. I leave the post below as it is quite long.
It's just amazing to me. I grew up thinking I was always a bit off. In truth I am. It is only my desire to hold reality strong that keeps me in touch. Yet, how much humanity suffers from these very human issues astounds me. I remember growing up and this one friend from high school appeared to…