The problem with all the plastic that’s leaching into your food
If you want to be happy and find fulfillment, don’t try to be Beyoncé or Elon Musk; instead, find the thing you’re good at and become even better at it, and try to help the people around you as much as possible. It’s really that simple.
200 hrs, huh?
This is the thing I made and the thing I’m making, but at the very least, what I do and say will affect what other people believe they can do and say
Aside from the typo in the first sentence (live->life), I thought this article was spot on, especially about respectfulness of time.
Let’s not fly Allegiant!
So many things to love about this article. The dog shit statistics, for example. But most of all I think it is an accurate representation of much of Europe’s (and maybe other continents too) lag in accepting the changing amount of ethnic diversity.
Is healthcare a right? A responsibility? Something in the middle? Seems at least some basic care and treatment should be universally accessible.
I've watched my own books become "useful" as they made their way into public conversation. I never meant them to be useful – in a self-help sense – but that was how they were often read. I say this with less reproach than surprise: Almost every interviewer has asked me for tips and practical life advice, despite the fact my books offer neither.
millennials, who are also, incidentally or not, a historically unattached generation, with low rates of marriage, homeownership and childbearing
For a fairly brief but unexpected period of my life, I lost my capacity to work, to advocate for myself, to navigate life and all its frictions. For much of my illness—intubated, drugged, feverish—I simply wasn’t there. In my absence, there were more than 25 individual doctors and specialists, an army of nurses, the friends who loved me enough to take care of my affairs while I was under, some unknowable number of insurance agents sitting behind desks in another state, silently placing checkmarks next to my claims.
I am lucky not for surviving the infection, but for being a member of a shrinking class of Americans whose lives can absorb a trauma of this magnitude, and for whom being thrown, insensible, into the system is actually a good thing. When people refer to me as a “survivor,” which they do often, they’re correct, but it’s not what they think it means: It has already been decided, especially now that it’s again fashionable to claim that healthcare is not a right, who is a designated survivor in this country. It has also been decided who is not.
Wow. Strava’s heat map inadvertently reveals secret military locations 😟
But when you live in a language not your own you become, inevitably, something of a village idiot. However fluent you are, your accent is ever obvious and you lack the nuances and registers of a native. Humour is hard
Go high, not hide. I’m still with her.
The vast digital metropolis of the internet — that place that was supposed to make us feel never alone — failed us this year; we built what we needed on its outskirts.
Much of what people have expected from traditional community structures — affirmation, information, a back-stop in the case of financial catastrophe or unwieldy loneliness — can feel more readily available online than it does in a society that seems to relish deepening the gulfs between us.
IMO, the times I feel happiest are having social situations that don’t require any work of me. Show up, plop the kids in the care-program that most churches/synagogues/etc have, and then, like, make wreaths, discuss a book, feed homeless people, do a “fun” run (not my thing, but I believe other people do this type of thing) or what have you.
It’s nice... usually the other people in these situations will be familiar, but not people you know well, so you don’t get the stress of a cold relationship, but you’re still branching out from your usual scene. You don’t have to clean your house or spend money on a meal. And free childcare! And often, you end up talking about things that most of us don’t really discuss in our day-to-day lives.
After paying a modest, one-time membership fee, customers became owners of the cooperative and received a percentage of the amount they spent on merchandise each year, a percentage that was determined by the cooperative's annual profit total. Organized as such, REI represented a bold experiment in the retail industry, an enterprise with an egalitarian perspective pursuing socialist, utopian objectives that were conspicuously out of place in the fast-paced, profit-crazed retail world. The concept worked, however, succeeding in an industry littered with failed businesses whose strategies were more in line with capitalist ideals.
Wrap your arms around the uncertainty. Accept it. Know that the way things turn out has a lot of luck involved so don’t be so hard on yourself when things go badly and don’t be so proud of yourself when they go well. Focus on process instead.
Anecdotally, I think that high quality, respected vocational education is an area where Sweden has done really well. Not everyone needs to go to college (but I do think everyone should have the option to choose for themselves).
The college-for-all mentality has fostered neglect of a realistic substitute: vocational education. It takes many guises—classroom training, apprenticeships and other types of on-the-job training, and straight-up work experience—but they have much in common. All vocational education teaches specific job skills, and all vocational education revolves around learning by doing, not learning by listening. Research, though a bit sparse, suggests that vocational education raises pay, reduces unemployment, and increases the rate of high-school completion.
Interacting with people face to face is one of the deepest wellsprings of human happiness; without it, our moods start to suffer and depression often follows. Feeling socially isolated is also one of the major risk factors for suicide. We found that teens who spent more time than average online and less time than average with friends in person were the most likely to be depressed.
As we’ve written about before, the part of the brain that activates when you’re doing ‘nothing’, known as the default-mode network (DMN), plays a crucial role in memory consolidation and envisioning the future. It’s also the area of the brain that activates when people are watching others, thinking about themselves, making a moral judgment or processing other people’s emotions.
In other words, if this network were switched off, we might struggle to remember, foresee consequences, grasp social interactions, understand ourselves, act ethically or empathise with others – all of the things that make us not only functional in the workplace, but in life.
Interesting description of how private internet moderation policy influences free speech with a tiny anecdote about someone leaving the tech industry after years of senior experience.
But she’d finally earned enough money to take a year to train as a hair stylist.
Reminds me a lot of the vision and mission setting we did at Schibsted. Nice slides and mics flow.
Some nice ideas for parenting.