Why are we here? What are we doing? What’s our purpose? These eternal questions have seemed to forever drive mankind. I typically subscribe to the dogma that religion, and its cascading organizations, are the most manipulative and destructive, as they prevent people from asking why to the most critical questions. Religion seems absurdly simple: people who lived before passed down anecdotes, and their descendants are still trying to convince others of their validity. To be fair, such narratives were quasi-valid (and necessary) at the time they were conceived. Try to imagine a world where every day you saw a burning…


As an American, it’s impossible to ignore our sometimes painful history.

When I heard that local authorities in Charlottesville, VA were preparing for a large gathering of white supremacists— the largest gathering of these groups in decades— I wasn’t surprised. Despite our best efforts, we haven’t yet been able to kill off these pockets of individuals or their insidious ideology. It’s almost as if America was prescribed a powerful antibiotic at the height of the virus in the ’60s, and at the tail end of the doctor’s order we forgot to finish our pills. …


“What’s your favorite Drake song?”

I have an OVO sticker on my MacBook, 3 hoodies and 2 hats with the OVO Owl on it, a giant Take Care poster in my room, and I subconsciously blurt out obscure Drake verses in everyday conversation. So, as you could imagine, I get this question on a near-daily basis. I endlessly wrestle with the answer. To me, this question poses itself as more of an existential one, in the sense that it’s not truly meant to be answered, and only pondered. …


I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard that No Man’s Sky was coming out. I thought all my dreams were coming true, I thought that every birthday wish I’ve made since I was 14 had been answered: I’d finally be able to explore an entire universe, filled with uncharted planets, stars, and possibilities of life, and I didn’t even have to leave my couch to do so.

I said my goodbyes to friends and family as I was certain that I’d be locked in my basement, playing space Columbus for weeks, only surfacing for water and the occasional snack.


This election cycle has been an absolute whirlwind. There are often moments where I have to remind myself that I’m in fact not dreaming when I think back upon the candidates and events that led us to this general election.

As a 22 year old, this is the first election that I’ve been actively interested and passionate about participating in. I think many people my age agree, not only because we’re finally old enough to vote, but largely due to the unprecedentedly high stakes of this election. Let’s face it: there’s a handful of Supreme Court justices who are getting…


Simple question: why do athletes make so much money? Why does the individual that’s able to hit a golf ball the least amount of times in order to get it into 18 different holes win over $1.5 million during the Masters? Conversely, why does the man who drops his life to work with Doctors Without Borders in Syria, and saves dozens of human lives daily, make roughly minimum wage?What is it about our society that places such value on activities that have minimal global impact, such as golf, basketball, football, and other sports, while we oftentimes turn a blind eye…


A plot hole in the Multiverse Theory

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘universe’? Most people naturally assume that the universe encapsulates everything that there is in existence. Yet, most fail to realize that this word is commonly confused with the ‘observable universe’.

Roughly 13.75 billion years ago, our universe was born into existence. At this moment, light began shooting across the cosmos and spreading across the early universe. As light inevitably takes time to travel (299,792 km/second), our universe only contains the light that has had ample time to reach us. This means that our observable universe is roughly 93 billion light-years…


Why are we so divided? This is an age old question pertaining to humanity, and in recent decades this reality has only been even more exacerbated. It seems that there is omnipresent disagreement, distrust, and distaste among many groups — religious, racial, gender, political, the list goes on. Why is it that it feels so absolutely innate for us to fixate on these differences, to create class after subclass, to mentally marginalize group after group?

These regressive tendencies that humans possess are the mere result of mankind’s solipsism, the view that the self is all that can be known to…


Let’s not beat around the bush: us humans think we rock. How could we not? Just take a look at our rich culture, our languages and colorful vocabularies, our establishments ranging from healthcare to education, our ability to love and understand. For God’s sake, we have kickass opposable thumbs!

And, we have a point. No other species that exists (or has ever existed) on planet Earth have showcased such impressive capabilities. So, what does this mean for us? Have we reached the wall of mental capacity that mankind has forever been inching toward?

Let’s break this down. Earth is teeming…


Just recently I was enjoying a summer day with friends, swimming and looking forward to a ribs barbecue (my favorite). I lifted my hand out of the water and watched in amazement small droplets of water slowly fall from my fingertips back into the pool. I wasn’t quite sure why at this moment I was so awestruck — I, like the rest of the world, experience gravity’s omnipresence at every moment. …

Lexie Ernst

University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Co-Founder @getcompanion

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