It is not normal to be mentally ill. It is not normal to be unhappy. It is not normal to be isolated from fellow human beings. A 'new normal' in which influential thought leaders attempt to re-engineer the social fabric of the human species should be met with scrutiny. As more data shows that mental health is worsening, that scrutiny should intensify.
Confessions of a Personal Improvement Junkie
For an unscrupulous guru to successfully captivate their followers, it is necessary to exploit inner feelings of inadequacy. A scrupulous guru will set their followers free to improve on their own accord. Unfortunately, the latter is both harder to sell and to monetize than the former.
Get the Attention you Need
When we observe the world with objectivity and humility it is easier to stay positive and find the creative energy that is necessary to reach an increasingly disconnected and validation-seeking audience.
Lessons from Past Wisdom on Current Work Attitudes
Past wisdom suggests that many people would be better off today if they just returned to basic career fundamentals. First, you find job that is decent. Second, you do your best. Third, you get a new job and repeat the process until you gain a unique skill set and passion for what you do.
Quietly Quitting is Neither Quiet nor Quitting
Saying positive things about the value of hard work has become strangely unpopular on social media. But work will remain a necessary activity for human societies to flourish in the future. Although imperfect and worthy of appropriate regulations and boundaries, work is a net good for just about everyone. We should not ignore, nor forget this traditional perspective.
Us vs. Them: The Enemy Lies Within
Have you ever noticed that when we recognize our common humanity, rather than our differences, a sense of peace quells the derisive forces of the mind? “P” believes that if more people would do this, there would be less inter-group squabbling, less labeling, and more happiness for all.
An Enriching Life Requires Responsible Thinking, Not Extremism
Spending time entertaining extremism in any way is detrimental both individually and collectively. If your goal is to live a better life, improve your career, relationships, or the social fabric of your country, extremism should be recognized for what it is and rejected. It is a cancer that can destroy your life and negatively impact those around you.
The Complexities of Truth and Maintaining a Steady Mind
As adults, we have an intellectual responsibility to form proper and appropriate world views that allow us to respect the interests of others. We owe this to ourselves, but also our friends, families, and children.
How to Overcome Career Barriers in a Passionate Life
Increasingly career and life design experts have encouraged people to spend their time and money finding ways to get paid while following their passions. While this lifestyle sounds like a nice premise and is certainly useful to some people, it comes with consequences that can make the way forward less clear.