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"We need to talk."

Those words inspire dread. They usually portend something unpleasant.

At home, your spouse might be angry because you forgot to take out the trash. At work, your boss might scold you for neglecting to put cover sheets on your TPS reports.

But ...

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If you want to understand why people believe and act as they do, three ideas will get you a long way:

People want the world to make sense.

They make sense of the world in various ways, based on different assumptions and biases. They feel as if their worldview is part of who they are. If you dispute their their cherished ...

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"The problem of evil" has long been a thorn in the side of Judaism and Christianity. It's a simple argument:

  • Judaism and Christianity say that God is infinitely good and infinitely powerful.
  • If God is infinitely good, then ...
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You can trust people. Honest. That's not a joke. Trust me.

But it's important to know what trust is. Then you can trust people in the right way.

A couple of analogies might help explain the point.

Suppose that you see a big rock on the grass in front of you. Based on past experience, you know at least two more things ...

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It's easy to remain calm when everything is going well. But it's more important to remain calm when everything isn't going so well.

One way I'm lucky is that I have friends and family members who sometimes disagree with me about important issues. That makes me take a second look at my beliefs. It helps me see outside my own world-view ...