Who Will Love a Little Sparrow?

I left my door open in the warm weather and a sparrow decided to hop in and explore my house. Instead of leaving by the open door it decided it needed to try and leave by the window, and it fluttered helplessly against the fly-screen, sensing the…

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How to Understand the Universe

How can we understand the universe and our role in it? Think of it this way: Imagine an apple tree. The apples are all different, but they are also similar in basic ways – a bit like us. But you couldn’t have an apple without the twig…

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The Quest for Wealth

When the Conquistadores came to South America they were looking for wealth, especially gold. They found plenty. After a while they started looking specifically for El Dorado, the king who was said to be so wealthy he covered himself in gold dust every day and washed it…

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The War on Drugs is Really About Poverty

The War on Drugs… It costs a fortune. It gets people killed. It fills our jails and doesn’t seem to make a difference. What if we were to re-frame the drug problem as a whole? People turn to drugs and sell drugs on the street because they are…

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Follow Your Bliss… Even When It’s Not Easy

Joseph Campbell’s famous advice was, “Follow your bliss.” Many great thinkers today seem to echo this idea by giving advice like, “Do what brings you joy,” or variants on that theme. What they don’t stress, perhaps, is that following one’s bliss and experiencing joy are not all fun…

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