Category: Contemplations

Your thoughts are not your own

When you think and feel, it’s easy to assume that what you think and feel is what you want and who you are. If a big decision is being made and you favor one outcome over another, is it because of your thoughts alone? Perhaps you felt strongly one way over another, but is that way really the way that…

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One of the first things I learned when I moved to New York City is that people don’t follow the signs. People go when other people go. And people stop when other people stop. It doesn’t matter much what traffic is doing. I’ve noticed, if I don’t go when the light turns to walk, that other people will often wait…

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I LOVE these new light fixtures we found this weekend. What do you think? A few days ago I stumbled upon several light fixtures missing covers in our kitchen. Turns out Jonathan removed them because there “wasn’t enough light.” At first I was repulsed, they appeared unsightly. Then I wondered, what if we had bought these fixtures from a high…

Who should change?

When something is bothering you, and you assess your options to deal with it, don’t forget to consider what you can do about it. All too often we look at options for how others can fix the situation and we overlook the ways in which we can fix it without the help of anyone else. For example, say someone is…

Petty morality is the reason you’re not happy

If you let go of right and wrong life becomes much easier to deal with, and much happier. I’m not saying that you never shun certain behaviors, but if you understand the fluidity of morality, you see that in most situations you don’t have to get worked up anymore over petty things. You can simply change your beliefs, in real…

Is it black or white?

Another example of what we see being dictated by what else we see. And how two things that are the same look completely different in different contexts. Below, the circles match between both pictures, same with the chess set. It’s only the background that differs. But, what looks different to you? Do you ever wonder what else your brain does…

What will students benefit from?

Too many teachers teach everything one can know, or they try to teach everything they think one can know. In technical subjects this turns into voluminous works that are hard to get through. And most of the information is forgotten as fast as it’s consumed. My criteria, something I battle with, is picking what people will benefit from knowing. And…

It’s not more efficient

99% of the time when someone asks you what the most efficient way to do something is, you respond with the way you’re used to doing things. We all do this. For example, if you ask me what the most efficient way to type an email is, I’m likely to tell you gmail. That’s because I use gmail every day.…