An Ode to College from a Place of Limbo

In the last nine months, I have had 1,043 and one-half conversations about college. 387 people have asked me where I’ll be next fall—aunts, teachers, friends, people whom I don’t know but nonetheless follow me on Instagram, little league coaches, Chick-Fil-A employees (they insisted it was their pleasure to ask), and a ripped man named…

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How To Have Political Discourse In The New America

America’s current political climate is full of close-mindedness and division, perhaps more so than any time in the nation’s history. Tribalism, the evil possibility of factions that James Madison outlines in Federalist №10, has reached a new height with groups denouncing the other as, at best, crazy, and at worst, evil. Currently, arguments are judged,…

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Why We Feel Shame & How To Help It

One of the great problems in the world is also one of the most invisible, because — by its nature — it asks to be hidden and saps our ability to spot its symptoms. But to generalize grossly, few things so undermine human well-being as the sickness of shame.

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Phones: The Ugly Truth

The dark truth is that it’s become very hard to find anyone and certainly anything more interesting than a smartphone. We love our phones and would never want to give them up, but we are also subtly aware that these delightful gadgets bear a hidden cost. To say that we are addicted to our phones…

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The Real “Fake News”

To lay claim to any respectability or competence, we know that we must keep up with the news. That is why we have rigged the earth with satellites and created a legion of networks to inform us of every event to have unfolded in the last few moments. We even keep tiny devices to track…

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