Tag: Philosophy

May 10

Decluttering 2.0 – Beyond The Basics

In a previous article I described my experiences with the Konmari method of decluttering. Eliminating unnecessary material things from your life is great, truly, but decluttering 2.0 is realizing there are many other things that are perhaps even more important to cull. The material things are easy because they are seen. Non-material clutter can be …

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May 04

Why You Are Not Living Up To Your Potential

  A few years ago I did an accidental experiment with quite remarkable results – and profound philosophical implications. Actually the experiment was not accidental, it was quite intentional, but I didn’t realize until afterwards what I was actually testing. I was a year or so into a temporary obsession with racing triathlons and I …

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Apr 12

How to Live a Life of Quiet Desperation

Boat

Most of us will get there soon enough just by doing what we are doing. Or perhaps you have been living it for some time now and wonder how it came to this. The lucky few who have escaped can read on with bemusement. Thoreau put it so brilliantly:   The mass of men lead …

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Apr 05

How Embracing Insignificance Can Improve Your Life

Insignificance

  A problem with the human mind is its difficulty realizing how insignificant it is on a cosmic scale. Much of our suffering comes from our attachment to outcomes we deem good or bad. Outcomes that matter. We worry about who we will marry, how much money we make, how successful our career will be, …

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Mar 14

Happiness is a Candle

Happiness is a Candle

  Happiness is a Candle Happiness is the essence of what we seek. Everything we do is to try and maximize it. Often we fail not because our desire is lacking, but we don’t really know what true happiness is. We confuse it with other emotions like excitement or comfort or pleasure. We may define …

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Mar 06

Pain

Pain

Pain So there I was lying on the cold tile of the bathroom floor reflecting upon my life, wondering if this was the end. I really thought I might be dying. Rational thoughts do not go through the mind in a pre-syncopal state and this was no exception. The pain in my lower back was …

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Feb 23

Decluttering: Philosopher Ninja Style

Simple and uncluttered

  This last summer I was introduced to an odd little book by Marie Kondo titled The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. A friend of mine read this book and was in the process of decluttering – and by decluttering I don’t mean sorting through the junk drawer …

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Feb 17

A Hack For Your Life-Hacks

A hack for your life hacks

  Experiment. Optimize. Inform. That’s it. These three simple words are the summary of a slow revolution that’s been happening for the past decade. Originally referring to computer code that simplified one’s life, “hack” now refers to just about any simpler solution to a seemingly more complex problem. Often times these hacks are not obvious …

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Feb 15

A Brief Observation on Shame

Shame and Identity

Shame and Identity After reading my last article someone sent me the following comment: When someone asks me what I do or a living, I feel a certain degree of shame. It feels like I am not only afraid of being judged by others, but I am afraid of judging my own identity. Shame is …

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Feb 10

Be What You Are

Be what you are, not what you do. The first question a stranger asks us at a party is usually “So, what do you do?” They are specifically asking what you do for a living, or alternatively phrased “What activity to you trade your life energy for that gives you money in return”. Why is …

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