Who are you? What are you?
The answers define your identity and give you a sense of place in the universe.
The "who" question has a simple answer: your name.
But the "what" question has many answers. You are a son or daughter. You might be a lawyer, homemaker, software engineer, or painter. Some of the answers ...
On the American holiday of Thanksgiving, we give thanks for a lot of things.
In developed countries, we've got food. We've got shelter. Even the poorest among us have access to resources and luxuries that were unimaginable only a hundred years ago.
Regardless of material wealth, most of us also have what's more important: families, ...
We can improve ourselves and our lives by understanding two principles: control and perspective.
First, there are some things we can control and other things we can't control.
When we get upset, it's often because we mistake one kind of thing for the other.
Are you stuck in traffic? Frustrated? Getting frustrated has no effect ...
"To every man there openeth
A Way, and Ways, and a Way.
And the High Soul climbs the High way,
And the Low Soul gropes the Low,
And in between, on the misty flats,
The rest drift to and fro.
But to every man there openeth
A High Way, and a Low.
And every man decideth
The Way his soul shall go."
In yesterday's blog post, I referred to "automatic pilot."
And as often happens when I write, I wondered if I needed to explain what it was.
Any readers who didn't know the meaning of "automatic pilot" would have missed my point.
Suppose that I refer to the sufferings of Job. Probably half of the people reading ...
We spend a lot of our lives on automatic pilot. We act out of habit, without thinking about what we're doing.
That's not always a bad thing. If we had to think our way through everything we did, we couldn't get most of it done.
Suppose that you're driving to work and another car abruptly cuts in front of you. You don't have time to ...
We should try to achieve the greatest good for the greatest number of people.
It sounds like a pretty good idea.
And it is. But it's not the whole answer.
The problem is that like lower animals, humans distinguish between their own group and other groups. They value members of their own group more than members of other ...
You can't understand anything in terms of nothing.
That much is obvious. What's less obvious is that it's a barrier to communication and understanding.
Each of us has a foundational viewpoint that biases how we see the world. It includes things like:
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