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Why Does Technology Seem so Overwhelming?

Robots taking over manufacturing jobs. Autonomous cars and delivery trucks. Drones in warfare but also delivering aid in disasters. Webcams on our porches. Surveillance capitalism and our privacy. Disinformation on social media, doxing and trolls. Cryptocurrencies, scams and hackers. Constant notifications. Augmented and virtual reality. Genetic engineering. Nanotechnologies clearing clogs in our arteries. Brain computer interfaces. And so much more. We are feeling overwhelmed with all the technology come at us today. Yes, we are overwhelmed. You’re not alone. But why do we feel so overwhelmed? How did we get to this point and what can we do as technology inevitably embeds itself deeper into our lives? There are, I think, two primary reasons we feel so overwhelmed. The first has to do with our ability as a species, to adapt. The second has to do with technology itself, specifically digital technologies and their exponential advancement. Our Ability to Adapt

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Plan B: Can the spiritual life save us from global crisis?

WHO AM I? For the past two decades I have been on a quest to discover an answer to life beyond my own experience. In 2020 the lightning bolt hit me that there had to be more, although I had no idea what more would look like. For 20 years I had invested in spiritual-themed courses on-line, and personally in locations around the world, with many best-selling authors and spiritual luminaries. Afterwards, I knew one thing was certain: there are dimensions of reality beyond our five senses. I had experienced such things even at age seven, so I knew they existed, but that information alone was not enough to help me change course. And I was fully aware that in order to have the elusive (“illusive”) “more,” I would have to change course. But, as we know, change does not happen overnight. Even when I experienced increments of change, they

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The key to happiness: Appreciate the little things

Right now, look up from your phone, or look away from the computer screen or the TV. Look around you, look in your loved ones’ faces or out of the window. When did you last go for a walk in nature and notice the beauty around you? People spend their days worrying and thinking about the big things: acing that big test, getting that big paying job, going on that big date. They fail to notice the sweet little things that make life so special: The bird that is warbling in the tree branch outside of your office window is a call to enjoy the beauty of nature rather than the stress of work, yet you probably do not take the time to notice it because you just must get your proposal done for your demanding boss. The smell of freshly baked bread can awaken pleasant memories of your childhood

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How empathy can fight burnout from work

  According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), over one-third of working Canadians experience burnout. The MHCC quotes American psychologist, Herbert J. Freudenburger in defining burnout; in 1980, he called it, “someone in a state of fatigue or frustration brought about by devotion to a cause, way of life, or relationship that failed to produce the expected reward”. The Covid-19 pandemic has only highlighted the issues causing us to burn out. When we feel burnout, we lack motivation and energy. At work, it can feel like you’ve just run a marathon, except there’s no one cheering you on at the finish line. Your performance starts to slip because you’ve already given it all you have. This year’s Mental Health Week theme by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is empathy. Empathy is a skill — and it takes practice. To be empathetic is to be able to put

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Longevity

Paul (A Difficult Character)

Paul was game for anything – we played hide-and-seek in front of everybody – on the ferry, subways, and in the forbidden downtown streets.

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Judy

My name is Judy which isn’t ironic yet. I only needed two and when she said, take a third, you never know, I declined. I knew.

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Madness and power

Look back in history: bad guys like Caligula and Hitler, mixed-up guys like Alexander the Great, good guys like President Lincoln, brilliant but vindictive scientists like Isaac Newton. On the modern scene: President Clinton hardly slept as they stayed up late studying policy arcana, while Trump skipped all that and instead manipulated public opinion by mastering the twitterverse. Is this behaviour mad – at least some of it? Depends on who you ask. What is madness? Who is mad and who is not? These are not simple questions. For one thing, some seemingly mad people can be effective in their own spheres of influence – at least for a while. Sometimes, madness seems to be a benefit. It can help people focus and push on when others would give up. Combined with charisma, it can add a sense of drama and excitement to any leadership role. Humans love a good
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Grim Royal

I don’t know what it is with fathers who want their sons to be like the Royal brothers.

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