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Newsflash: You Should Be Happy!!!

Matt Ridley has written an entertaining book: The Rational Optimist, detailing all the ways in which life is great for rich people. (By rich people I mean the fraction of humans who make ≥5 figure salaries in $.) For example Louis … Continue reading

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Among 19th century philosophers, Arthur Schopenhauer was among the first to contend that at its core, the universe is not a rational place. … Often considered to be a thoroughgoing pessimist, Schopenhauer in fact advocated ways — via artistic, moral … Continue reading

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Airplane passenger: It was the worst day of my life! First, we had to wait for twenty minutes! before they would let us board. And then, we had to sit on the runway for forty minutes! before they would let us take off!  Louis CK: Oh, really? … Continue reading

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The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp in Chad.Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23 Nothing speaks to me like this photo series. The families and their food. This famous photo of the Aboubakars (taken in 2006 I believe) inspired … Continue reading

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Hot Showers

You know what’s really nice about the U.S. of A.? Being able to take hot showers with lots of water, for pretty much as long as you like. Thanks, prosperity.

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