Month: August 2019

  • Playing the long game

    Shane Parrish writes on the long game: The long game is the opposite of the short game, it means paying a small price today to make tomorrow’s tomorrow easier. If we can do this long enough to see the results, it feeds on itself. From the outside, the long game looks pretty boring: Saving money […]

  • Late summer thunderstorms

    I lived for this kind of weather as a kid—those cracks of thunder that made it feel like the sky was opening up, and the rain to cool down a humid afternoon. The later the summer gets, the louder the insects get and it seems like the more dramatic thunderstorms like these get. Enjoying this…

  • Faith without affiliations

    Nathaniel Peters writes on the persistent faith of Americans—just not the sort of faith that we might expect: Roughly one fifth of Americans, and one third of young Americans, are what the Pew Research Center has dubbed “Nones,” people who claim no religious affiliation… Some might consider the rise of the Nones to be proof of…

  • God and an undivided life

    Stephen Colbert and Anderson Cooper had a beautiful exchange on God and suffering. Anderson Cooper quotes Stephen Colbert (riffing off J.R.R. Tolkien), asking “What punishments of God are not gifts?” Do you really believe that, Cooper asks? Colbert responds… You said "'What punishments of God are not gifts?' Do you really believe that?" @andersoncooper asks…

  • ‘The desire to collapse in on ourselves’

    Scott Beauchamp writes on the causes and consequences of a “world without kith or kin,” a culture where family and friendships, and the sacrifice and cost associated with both, are understood to be the barrier to, rather than the primary means of achieving, a meaningful life: The Japanese word kodokushi roughly translates to “lonely death.” The term might…