Category Archives: Happiness

Against the Weltschmerz

We’ve probably all confronted this state of mind. Lately it’s been a rather stubborn pest in the back of my brain: anticipation followed by inevitable the disappointment of failure. It seems the imagination is never lacking for better pictures of the world. And yet, I truly believe that this is all a misinterpretation. Weltschmerz is really the consequence of an

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Cosmic Consciousness


Credit: Digitized Sky Survey (DSS), STScI/AURA, Palomar/Caltech, and UKSTU/AAO This is the “Methuselah Star” categorized as 140283. Our current understanding pinpoints its birth to around 14.5 billion years ago (give or take 0.8 billion years) which means it is as old or older then the known universe (we understand the Big Bang to have taken place 13.8 billion years ago). It

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Keeping the Power (or How to Take it Back)


War! Poverty! Inequality! Prescription drugs! Chaos everywhere. At least that’s what the news would have us believe. Sometimes I don’t know what to think about all these things so I try not thinking at all. This actually works remarkably well and it’s a good habit to form—feeling without thinking. Invariably, however, we have to use our brains. We have to do the dance

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“Responsibility“ is a word brandished by people who believe they can get a one-up on this life by getting everyone else to hop in line. “By God,” they say, “these idiots don’t know what they’re doing and they’re messing up the whole works!” They are parents who tell us to “act responsible” while they fight petty wars over who gets

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Fortune Is Everywhere, Seize It!


Here’s the thing: Yes, these are just silly little sayings printed en mass on little bits of paper that are fun to read but arrive entirely by chance but it’s entirely up to us to decide their significance: we can either toss them in the trash or to give them value. And value is not a mutually exclusive to our input, it is made of entirely our input! This is the challenge life presents us every day- give it meaning or throw it out. What if a little pretending was just enough to make a positive difference? Loving yourself means making use of every bit of fortune you’re given. It doesn’t matter what you think deserve, who you think you are, or how you imagined it got there, fortune is there for you to do with it as you choose.

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