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What does SCIENCE say just about all Human Lives on the Planet are Missing Right Now, that is absolutely CRUCIAL to a Life Well Lived?

Photo courtesy of PixabayShort answer: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING SCIENCE doesn’t say ANYTHING about that. So I’m going to tell you. (Disclaimer: I haven’t surveyed the thousands and thousands of articles in Psychology Today and all the social science journals out there. It’s quite possible, even probable, that they do have something to say about this. But I also know that […]

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This cat ain’t dead, but it might be play-acting . . .

(Photo courtesy of Pixabay)90% of wisdom is cultivating the habit of persistent and deep curiosity.This is something that small children intuitively understand, even though they can’t articulate it. If you’ve been a parent, you know the frustration of your child’s incessant questions. What is this? Why that? How come? Why, Daddy? Why, why, why?Generally by the […]

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Why?

(Photo courtesy of Pixabay)Oh great.This question probably conjures up memories of raising your toddler. The incessant questions. I tried very hard to answer every one as honestly as I could, without betraying any frustration that I might have been feeling as I was rushing to get out the door to work, or prepare supper, or […]

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The Art of the (Im)Possible

(Photo courtesy of Pixabay)What is The Possible?Hoo boy, heavy one. I suppose everybody’s gotta think about something heavy sometime. Me, I think I’ll have another coffee.Start over.What is Possible?Bumped into an old Welsh friend a year ago, and we got chatting about the current state of British politics. Politics is the Art of The Possible, he told […]

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What do you want?

(Photo courtesy of Pixabay)My two grandfathers were a study in simultaneous contrast and similarity.Both were relatively quiet, introverted men, happy to sit in the background and watch the world go by, happy to let their wives do the talking. (My grandmothers needed little urging in this regard.) Risk-averse, play-it-safe.Yet one was sure of himself, sure […]

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How do we measure wisdom?

(Photo courtesy of Pixabay)How do you know if you’re wiser that the next dude?How do you know you are (or aren’t) if you can’t quantify wisdom?Some 4–5 years ago, I got curious about this wisdom thing. I started reading one chapter of the book of Solomon’s Proverbs per day. The date of the month gives you the […]

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Is what you’re doing crazy enough?

(Photo courtesy of Pixabay)My old uncle was a phenomenally successful real estate developer and architect.Entirely self-taught. I think he did a few university-level courses, but just enough to learn what he needed to know, then he went back to whatever project he was working on.Due to some unfortunate family politics, I didn’t get to mix […]

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Do you know how to have a conversation?

(Photo courtesy of Pixabay)How you answer that question depends entirely on your purpose in the conversation. The purpose of a LOT of conversations I eavesdrop on, is emotional reassurance. Tell me I’m OK. PLEASE tell me I’m OK. I feel frantic. I can’t cope with life if I’m all alone. Quiet desperation. (Thanks, Mr Thoreau.) The conversation makes me […]

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Self-imposed isolation: Prison or Freedom?

There are two ways to look at a period of isolation from other people. (Self-imposed or otherwise.) You can look at it as a hardship. A torture. Something to be endured. You can’t wait to see the end of it. OR . . . . . You can it as an opportunity for reflection, and reinvention. A chance to […]

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