Restoring Faith in Humanity: The Case For Optimism

There’s a certain creepy conversation that I keep falling into. It happens whenever the topic of human nature comes up, and it usually goes like this: Other Person: “I think it’s just human nature to be selfish, violent and cruel.” Me: “Why?” Other Person (stunned that I even asked): “What planet are you living on?Continue reading “Restoring Faith in Humanity: The Case For Optimism”

The Necessity of Reason: Combating the Lies Your Mind Tells You

Have you ever considered that one of your biggest problems might be your own brain? Not because there’s anything wrong with you, per se, but because there’s something off about the way we’re hardwired as a species. The problem is that the human brain didn’t evolve over millions of years to be happy, it evolvedContinue reading “The Necessity of Reason: Combating the Lies Your Mind Tells You”

Reframe Your Thinking: The Stoic Path to Contentment

I once knew a guy. Let’s call him Bill. Bill had problems. Many problems, in fact. There were people at work who didn’t share all his opinions. When he spoke, they felt threatened by his vastly superior intelligence. And the things they thought! Well, don’t get Bill started on what they were thinking about him behind his back. Because,Continue reading “Reframe Your Thinking: The Stoic Path to Contentment”

You Are Not Powerless: Focus on What You Can Control

It’s 1942, and the shadow of the Third Reich lies heavy on Europe. When the Nazis finally come for Viktor Frankl and his family, it seems all is lost. His father perishes in the Thereseinstadt concentration camp. Two years later Frankl and the rest of his family are driven to Auschwitz, where he loses hisContinue reading “You Are Not Powerless: Focus on What You Can Control”

You Are Not All-Powerful: Let Go of What You Can’t Control

Are you the guy with the long white beard in Michaelangelo’s painting? If not, I have some shocking news for you. Brace yourself. Sorry, but you are not all-powerful and you can’t control everything. Yes, yes, I can hear you thinking: “Wow, are you running out of ideas already? What’s your next stunning insight, thatContinue reading “You Are Not All-Powerful: Let Go of What You Can’t Control”