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  • Paranoia: Our Enemy Within

    Paranoia: Our Enemy Within0

    The only thing we have to fear is fear itself… The world is filled with threats. When we encounter one and get bitten by it, we retreat and avoid doing the same thing again. Like an immune system response, we develop a natural fear of the thing that once hurt us. Years later, the fear itself may become the enemy, making us retreat from threats that either don’t exist or are far less dangerous than we think they are. That’s paranoia.

  • The Responsibilities of the Victim

    The Responsibilities of the Victim0

    No matter how carefully we plan our lives, bad things are going to happen. People close to us are going to die. We or people we care about are going to get terrible diseases. We are going to become the victims of crime or disfiguring accidents. These things are not anomalies. They are part of the normal course of life. The chance of any one disaster happening is usually low, but when you add up all the possible things that can go wrong, you have to face reality: You are going to encounter some major unanticipated catastrophes between now and the end of your life. Are you ready for them?

  • The Tragedy of Success

    The Tragedy of Success0

    No one wants to experience poverty or misfortune, but wealth and comfort can be just as debilitating. Success, in any field, isn’t all it is cracked up to be. It can open doors, but it can also become a drag on personal growth and set you up for catastrophe later. The requirements of life are relatively simple and cheap. If you have just enough resources to meet those needs, you are going to use them efficiently. Once you have excess resources, however, you tend to become less efficient and more arrogant about how you use them. You take on more burdens and obligations to absorb that extra time or money, and soon you feel just as trapped and “poor” as you did before.

  • Male Sports Addiction: A Clinical Profile

    Male Sports Addiction: A Clinical Profile0

    Untreated mental illness is one of the greatest tragedies of our society. Vast human potential is wasted by demons in the mind. One such disorder afflicts primarily males and is so pervasive that it is often seen as “normal” in spite of its devastating effects. This disease has spawned a huge legalized industry of pushers and traffickers who provide the vulnerable victim with the illusion of happiness. Like cocaine and alcohol, this addiction draws the victim away from productive pursuits and encourages him to neglect his family and responsibilities as well as his own health and future.

  • Lifestyle Migration: Multi-locality, Escapism and Chasing the “Good Life”

    Lifestyle Migration: Multi-locality, Escapism and Chasing the “Good Life”0

    “I feel about travel the way a happy new mother feels about her impossible, colicky, restless newborn baby – I just don’t care what it puts me through. Because I adore it. Because it’s mine. Because it looks exactly like me.” – Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • Now So Far Away: Our Self-sufficient Past

    Now So Far Away: Our Self-sufficient Past0

    We live in the era of Google and the super mart. Knowledge is just a fingertip away and you can buy sarees from Jaipur, ceramics from South Africa and asparagus from Chile, all under one roof. From a hunter-gatherer herder community we have come a long way into the modern civilization where the third molar has become only but an inconvenience. ‘Modernity’ seems to have replaced the barbaric/primitive life and beliefs of the past. However while contemporary civilization seems to provide all the luxuries of a fulfilling lifestyle, we continue to live increasingly a confined existence.