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Should Everyone Have an Equal Voice?

Do we all deserve to be listened to equally? Or do some of us deserve more heft? In a perfect world, where everyone gave equal thought to every issue, where worries about universal health care took up the same amount of mental space in each person’s mind, where concerns about despoiling the planet consumed as much gray matter in all the planet’s citizens to the exact same level, the answer would clearly be yes. However, the world we inhabit is ...
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Are Habits Good or Bad?

We are encouraged at an early age to develop good habits. We are also creatures of habit. So I’ve been thinking about habits lately. Is it actually a good thing to cultivate habits or should we try to break free of them? Obviously, if we’ve developed good habits, we should continue to engage in that kind of behavior, and certain habits are easily classified as good or bad. Smoking, for example, is a bad habit. I think even smokers would ...
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Can We Change?

Are we capable of change? We like to think we are. We seek growth and personal fulfillment as we adapt to new circumstances, work towards New Year’s resolutions, promise to do better next time, vow not to repeat the mistakes of the past, commit to forward progress and disdain stagnation. Yet it seems that every year, we’re in pretty much the same place we started, going through the same motions with the same people in the same jobs and entertaining ...
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When a Walk is More Than a Walk

I like to walk – through nature when I can, winding along paths shaded by trees, the cares of the world left behind for a while as I absorb the emanations of the enchanting flora. But if that’s not feasible for some reason – if, for example, there’s a snowstorm or freezing rain or it’s bitterly cold – I’ll walk inside. There’s a dome near where I live that allows for limited public walking, with each lap measuring approximately a ...
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