“I am a crazy idiot, and I am cool with that.” Kudos to (healthy doses of) self-deprecating humor

Admit and embrace two things about ourselves: 1/ We are idiots, 2/ We are crazy => and life suddenly becomes infinitely easier. Humor guaranteed, along with a (healthy dose of) self-deprecation.

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Choose or risk forever surrendering your peace – Why Having Your Own Philosophy Matters

A counter-argument against “philosophy is dead”: why it matters to choose a philosophy of life for ourselves

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The World ALWAYS Makes Sense

When was the last time you heard someone say “xxxx doesn’t make sense”? Good news: the world *always* makes sense. Not-so-good news: does not mean we always make perfect sense of the world.

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Come Out to Play for Fun – On “Finite and Infinite Games”

As this is a piece on playing games, of course I promise you a decent (over)dose of playfulness + humor + perhaps a winning strategy.

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Secret to Longevity: Make Frequent “Quantum Jumps” to New Reality-Matrices

Reality is messed up. And this post is intended to mess with reality.

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Stop Renting. Start Living: Rejecting the Second-Hander

What is the most expensive rent you could pay? It is the rent on your Self. Rejecting the second-hander is the prerequisite to be truly living.

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Defending Selfishness and Questioning Altruism (on Ayn Rand’s philosophy)

Let us put aside “conventional wisdom” and look at an “unpopular opinion”: why selfishness has its virtues, and altruism has its flaws. On Ayn Rand’s philosophy.

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Does meritocracy lack merit? A critique from “The Meritocracy Trap”

For Yale Law School professor Daniel Markovitz, the word “meritocracy” is ironically named – he argues the meritocratic ideal both lacks “merit” and creates a new form of aristocracy that hurts social mobility. This article looks at takeaways from his book, “The Meritocracy Trap”.

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How Strangers Confused Spies and Diplomats (Reading “Talking to Strangers” by Malcolm Gladwell)

How come the best-trained spies & diplomats were unable to judge strangers correctly? Why do our interactions with strangers go wrong so often? Malcolm Gladwell shares insightful tips from real stories & research in his page-turner: “Talking to Strangers”.

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What does it mean to be “Educated”?

“Educated” is a memoir that brought me to tears so many times. What does it mean to be educated? Let’s set diplomas aside and ask ourselves what it means to have an education.

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