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Ikigai is the Japanese concept of ‘reason for being’. The French have an equivalent idiom — raison d’être — that translates to “the most important reason or purpose for someone’s existence.” In practical terms, your Ikigai lies at the intersection of what you love, what you’re good at, what you can be paid for, and what the world needs. Not everyone has […]
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What is consciousness, anyway? The fact is: no one can agree on a definition. Moreover, the ones we have proffered have ebbed and flowed with the day’s scientific fashion, mixed with personal belief. It has been, in turns, “the mind”; “aspect of mind”; “self-awareness”; “inner life”; “will”; “meta-awareness”; and “at once the most familiar and [also the] […]
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I began my last piece on memory—Bliss is in the Forgetting—with the quote “ignorance is bliss”. I should start this one with another: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Like Einstein, Gandhi gets a lot of credit for brilliant witticisms… that he never authored. With regard to the quote above, what Gandhi did say—in 1913—is as follows: […]
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Maybe she had so much money she just lost track of it. Maybe it was all a misunderstanding.  That’s how Anna Sorokin’s marks explained away the supposed German heiress’s strange requests to sleep on their couch for the night, or to put plane tickets on their credit cards, which she would then forget to pay back.  […]

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