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Philosophy

Teaching Lessons

There are two ways to (attempt to) teach someone a lesson. The “I told you so” approach is a common and easy one. Someone fails and then you amplify their shame in hopes that… Read Essay

Philosophy

People Are Our Proper Occupation

“In a sense, people are our proper occupation,” said the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius in Meditations. “Our job is to do them good and put up with them.” And yet, it is stressful to keep this in… Read Essay

Philosophy

How to Choose a Role Model

We are a species that depends on one another for learning, self-worth, emulation, connection, safety, transferring ideas and stories, and collaboration. As the iconic designer Paula Scher said, We can pick our teachers and we can pick… Read Essay

Philosophy

Practicing Meditation

The first time someone suggested meditation as a daily practice to reduce stress and organize my thoughts, I cringed inwardly and outwardly. I was appalled, even angry, that my dermatologist advised me to meditate… Read Essay