Teamwork

Face To Face

April 20, 2018

Looking into the eyes of whoever you’re speaking to is more powerful than messaging them. Hearing words is the key to understanding their intention.

I might just put off by too many emails disappearing into the void.

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Personal

Selling Snake Oil

April 19, 2018

“Snake oil” is medicine with questionable or unverifiable benefits. So, a snake oil salesman is a person who knowingly sells these fraudulent goods. Since anyone can sell goods, services, or classes over the internet, it’s easier than ever to reach an audience. People need to be sceptical about the claims they hear, especially unverifiable ones. Has a double-blinded study been conducted on whatever it is that you’re trusting your health to?

There’s a hidden cost to pseudo-science. Steve Jobs putting off proper treatment is what killed him.

Remember, if something seems too good to be true – it probably is.

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Stoicism

On Being Forgotten

April 17, 2018

“Soon, you will have forgotten everything. 
Soon, everybody will have forgotten you.” 
~ Marcus Aurelius
Looking at this quote, one might find it morbid. But another take is that it forgives a lot of human action.
The world forgetting your mistakes and accomplishments is inevitable. While this isn’t an excuse to indulge in hedonism, it is a excuse. It’s an excuse to not worry, and to be happy.

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Psychology

The Self-Control Muscle

April 16, 2018

My roommate played a Facebook archery video game for 6 hours straight this weekend. It was a terrible game which he hated. Furthermore, he had things to do.

Realizing how much time had past upset him and made him pledge not to do it again. But, I’ve seen it happen before, and I know it’ll happen again.

Training your self-control muscle is a question of not giving in to these whims.

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Leadership

Tough Love

April 14, 2018

When guiding others, you can choose to act gently or forcefully through tough love. Being cruel to be kind can make you seem like a jerk, but sometimes a harsh lesson needs teaching.

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Society

Doomed to Repeat the Past

April 13, 2018

The news broke yesterday that 4 in 10 millennials are under-educated about the Holocaust. At what point are we doomed to repeat the past?

Most people believe that they wouldn’t participate in a genocide, cultural or otherwise. “Oh, if had been born then, I wouldn’t have owned slaves!” Unfortunately, to say that is to forget or ignore that these things are the result of gradual societal change. No single person is such a harbinger of change – society has to come to agree. To avoid being doomed to repeat history, learn from the past.

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Society

Clean Your Room

April 10, 2018

Certain embattled University of Toronto professors telling young to “clean their room” don’t just think you should have a clean bedroom. They’re challenging young people’s idea that they could manage an entire society on the grounds that they can’t even keep their bedroom in order. Boiling someone’s ideas down to “clean your room” isn’t useful to anybody.

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Psychology

Yelling Down Rabbit Holes

April 9, 2018

Talking to certain people about their beliefs can feel like yelling down rabbit holes. This is because simple-sounding beliefs can come from deep entrenchment.

Believing in a flat Earth relies on a deep mistrust of government and a small social circle. Thinking that a pizza restaurant houses a pedophile ring comes as a result of being fed propaganda.

Discussing these topics feels like yelling down the rabbit hole, and the other person is already long gone.

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Stoicism

Everything Ends

April 7, 2018

It’s healing when you accept that everything ends. Pain, love, your situation, and the state of everything around you will end. The important thing is making what comes after as good as you can make it.

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