Monthly Archives: September 2015

Cockroaches and equality

on September 30, 2015 in Education, Entrepreneurship, Evolutionary Psychology, Stories

A couple weeks ago I was in NYU’s “eLab,” a space that promotes entrepreneurship. Besides a few administrators who work there, it’s mostly students there, mainly connected with tech startups. That morning there weren’t many people there. I sat on a couch near the entrance and the staircase downstairs. Twenty or thirty feet away, across the open meeting area to my left, a few students worked on their laptops in[…] Keep reading →

Recycling doesn’t pollute much less than throwing stuff away

on September 29, 2015 in Models, Nature, Perception, Visualization

Throwing things away so they’ll end up in landfills pollutes. No two ways about it. Not using something in the first place doesn’t pollute. Recycling feels like it’s roughly in the middle. If you only have two comparisons and no objective scale, how else can you compare something in the middle but roughly in the middle. Since I wanted to feel better about myself, I probably thought of recycling as[…] Keep reading →

How to make less more

on September 28, 2015 in Awareness, Fitness, Models, Nature, Perception, Tips, Visualization

I eat a lot of mixed nuts and peanut butter. As far as I know, they’re all healthy to someone without allergies. I eat a lot of them. I found a site that shows pictures of two hundred calories of various foods. I like and eat a lot of broccoli. Here’s two hundred calories of broccoli: Looks like an amount that would go a long way to filling me up.[…] Keep reading →

How to give your life meaning

on September 27, 2015 in Awareness, Models, Tips

Do you believe you’d have more meaning, purpose, and drive if you could just find your passion? Do you look at people more successful than you and presume they succeeded more because they were lucky enough to find their passion and that if only you were so lucky to stumble on something to drive you, you’d also succeed? I propose a different perspective: that we create passions, not discover them.[…] Keep reading →

Jalapeños, contact lenses, and dedication

on September 26, 2015 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Stories

The sting of jalapeño on my skin after chopping it always reminds me of my dedication to playing ultimate frisbee. Lately the farm supplying my vegetables this summer has delivered a lot of jalapeños. I’m enjoying them. I like spicy food and I enjoy their flavor more than cayenne pepper. One afternoon in my junior year of college, it was time to get ready for frisbee practice. That year the[…] Keep reading →

Op/Ed Fridays: Get your hands and mind dirty if you want to be healthy

on September 25, 2015 in Awareness, Fitness, Freedom, Nature

I think everyone I know knows this, but trying to keep yourself healthy by disinfecting everything you touch, thinking all bacteria and other life weakens your immune system and makes you less healthy. People misunderstand bacteria and other life. They aren’t exclusively unhealthy, though some are, and don’t only exist in a few places. Most of them are symbiotic and are everywhere all the time, including in us, even ones[…] Keep reading →

What about Tiger Woods? Why was he pilloried?

on September 24, 2015 in Freedom, Habits, Leadership, Nonjudgment, Perception, Relationships

After writing about bad boys, success, and discipline yesterday, you might ask, “What about Tiger Woods? Why was he pilloried? He is full of discipline. Why didn’t society accept of him something many successful athletes do?” I’m no expert on public relations, but I see two main issues. First, the lesser issue. He doesn’t have a bad boy reputation. His is clean cut and respectful, or looks that way to[…] Keep reading →