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You've probably heard the joke about why a ham sandwich is better than eternal happiness:

  • Nothing is better than eternal happiness.

  • And a ham sandwich is better than nothing.

A ham sandwich isn't perfect, but it's better than having no food at all.

Do you want to live in a perfect society? ...

Chess Championship game
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Life is like a game of chess.

I was going to say "life is like a box of chocolates," but apparently someone else has used that already.

In high school and college, I played a lot of chess. A chess game can end in two ways:

  • One player wins and the other ...

The E-girls Christmas farewell video
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(The photo shows the Japanese pop music group E-girls, which disbanded in 2020 but reunited for a Christmas farewell video.)

At Christmas, it's natural to think of Jesus, whose life and example inspired the Christian faith. Christians believe that in addition to being a great man and moral teacher, Jesus was also God in human form.

That's ...

Joe believes he's a parakeet.
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Suppose that Joe believes he's a parakeet. Is that okay?

It depends.

If Joe goes to work, obeys the law, fulfills his responsibilities, and doesn't drive people nuts by making bird noises, then I'd say it's okay. The belief makes him happy. It doesn't hurt anyone else. We should leave Joe alone.

However, if Joe eats only seeds, ...

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I'm pretty sure that the Dalai Lama quote is fake, but it's still true. "Not my effing problem" can lead not only to inner peace, but also to social peace.

Think for a moment about what it means to see everything in the world as "our problem."

First, it's incredibly conceited. It implies that we ...

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What should you do when someone dislikes you?

The first step is simple and obvious:

Get over it.

People sometimes dislike us for all kinds of reasons that have nothing to do with us.

Maybe we remind them of a bully in high school, or of a woman who rejected them. Maybe they don't like how we dress. Or maybe their ...

Rudyard Kipling's poem
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Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was a Nobel prize-winning British writer. His poem "If" has been a source of strength and inspiration to many people around the world. I can't improve on it, so here it is:

If ---

If you ...

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"Neither a borrower nor a lender be:
For loan oft loses both itself and friend;
And borrowing dulleth the edge of husbandry."
-- "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare

One of the greatest crimes of contemporary schooling is that it keeps students ignorant of the vast wisdom embodied in their ...


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