The Power to ‘Control’ Your Life

Even as we have gained greater freedom, we are feeling increasingly powerless. No longer does birth absolutely determine the cours…

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Stuck in Debt, or Living Richer?

Affluence is what many still seek – as long as the house and the car get bigger, there is more stuff, they think they will feel better. It goes to the point where 18 to 27-year-olds actually have higher self-esteem and feel better in control of their lives when they have more(!) credit card and […]

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Martial Arts, Extreme Weather – Trouble… and Happiness?

Looking into survival techniques, self-defense, disaster preparedness… oftentimes has a bad ring to it. Expecting to get into trouble, doesn’t that mean that you have a negative attitude towards the world? Won’t facing the potential violence and brutality of other people just strengthen a grim outlook on how people are; and won’t preparing for disasters, […]

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Eco-Logically, Really, Better Lives

… or, Bringing Lifestyle Design Back to Earth, Making It Multiply-Good Putting things rather too simple (the way it’s often …

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In the Face of Catastrophe, Live. Live, anyways!

A long-standing observation about us humans is that we like to think that our world is fixed and stable (and even just). As a survivor of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami just said (and as people said after 9/11, as well): I never would have thought that such a thing was possible. It’s an equally […]

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