Humans are hard-wired to be persuaded by short-term gains. Evolution has driven us to seek out the most expedient solutions to problems because they often save us energy. For example, let’s say you’re an ape looking for food. You find one bunch of bananas at ground level and another at 30 feet up in the tree. You’re going to go for the ground level bananas.
But what happens when picking those ground level bananas somehow comes at the expense of having bananas in the long term? Well, that’s metaphorically how many consumer-facing businesses operate today. They promise us short-term gains…
There aren’t many shows that you could develop an entire life philosophy from. But Avatar the Last Airbender (ATLA) is one of them.
While philosophy and life lessons may seem like hard-to-tackle topics for a “kids show,” I think ATLA’s willingness to take on the subject matter is exactly what made, and makes, the show so successful. They filled the gap in the American TV show market for content that teaches children meaningful lessons through impactful stories.
And unlike most kids’ TV shows, ATLA doesn’t paint a picture of a world filled with sunshine and roses. …
In a world hell-bent on ecological disaster, “The Overstory” by Richard Powers provides nothing less than an environmental ethic that could save humanity. The Pulitzer prize-winning novel weaves together eight stories into a single narrative that tugs as hard on your heartstrings as it pushes against the belief of eternal economic growth.
To save ourselves and the environment, Powers offers three lessons that shine a light on humanity’s predicament and reveal a path to redemption.
In 2015, Stephen Colbert invited Presidential candidate Donald Trump onto the Late Show. It was an enormous opportunity for one of America’s brilliant comedic minds to deliver some blows to Trump’s seemingly impenetrable armor. Unfortunately, the interview did not go well for Colbert.
Trump avoided bait questions, stuck to his message, and I hate to say it… but he almost came across as a mediocre human. When asked about his Obama birther claims, Trump wisely replied, “I don’t talk about it anymore. I talk about jobs. I talk about our veterans being horribly treated.”
“never let a serious crisis go to waste.” ~Rahm Emanuel
Thirty million Americans have filed for unemployment since the start of the pandemic. Meanwhile, American billionaires increased their wealth by 406 billion dollars from mid-March through late-April. However, money isn’t the only thing that the uber-wealthy and corporations are after in this pandemic. They want immunity.
Recently, Mitch McConnell tried to pass legislation that would ensure governments and corporations have complete protection against any lawsuits regarding the coronavirus. Ironically, many of these same corporations have ensured that their workers don’t have protection from the actual threat: the virus.
Twice a year, the feathery 3.5-gram Ruby-Throated Hummingbird embarks on an incredible, 20-hour journey across the entire Gulf of Mexico — that’s about 600 miles. And, just like every savvy frequent flier, they find a way to do it nonstop.
To prepare for their journey, the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird makes like a frat boy during winter, and starts bulking. They put on about 1.7g of fat, an astonishing 50% increase over their normal body weight.
Upon arrival, they cut the fat to keep themselves slim, and efficient.
This incredible feat is the equivalent of a 150 pound human gaining 75 pounds…
Note: this article is not promoting a product, it is only meant to bring awareness to the issue of online tax software companies that are manipulating consumers into using paid services when they rightfully should be able to access a free product.
Although Steve Mnuchin announced that taxes wouldn’t be due until July 15 this year, I’m guessing many Americans waiting out COVID-19 will choose to use this extra time to finish their taxes and get the money they desperately need. …
When I was growing up, I loved playing sports. Everyday after school I’d beg my parents and sister to go outside and play American football, soccer, basketball, or baseball. However, I always felt drawn to one sport in particular: tennis. By the time I was 12, this love was so ingrained into me that it was all I ever wanted to do. I’d play before school, after school, on the weekends, for my school, for my club. It was my everything. …
Life is full of activities, job commitments, relationships, necessary daily functions, and more that are all competing for our attention. So the question I would like to pose is, “Why do we read the news?” I believe that many people would answer that their intention is to stay informed about the larger world around them. However, I would like to continue to push this line of thought with a follow-up question: “What is the purpose of staying informed?”
I would argue that the primary reason we stay informed about the world around us is so we can make knowledgable decisions…
Tropical rainforests are truly incredible places. They hold more than half of the world’s plant and animal species, yet cover only two percent of the Earth’s total surface area. A single hectare (a little less than 2 American Football fields) of the Amazon rainforest was found to contain a whopping 487 species of trees. For reference, United States and Canada combined have approximately 700 species of trees.
It turns out there are a lot of benefits that we receive from the vast number of species contained within these forests:
Just a biomimic with some ideas on the world.