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Often, it's not what you see that misleads you. It's what you don't see.

In economics, it's called "the broken window fallacy." Broken windows create jobs for people who replace windows. Therefore, a casual observer might conclude that broken windows are a good thing. They create jobs. We should break as many windows as ...

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"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."
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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 you're driving to work and another car abruptly cuts in front of you. You don't have time to think ...

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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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