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Humans thrive on conflict. Though we claim to want peace, we are infatuated with war, fighting, debating, and all other forms of competition. This is one reason warrior societies like Sparta have become infamous throughout time, though they really did little on the surface to advance humankind. Yet they could have, if the message had not been focused on their legendary warriors, but rather why they were legendary warriors.

In truth Sparta could have been famous for any number of things because of the way they led their lives. They were…


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And my search for a worthy hand to wield me

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She young, driven, and full of hope. The atrocities of this world are enough to fill most of us with hopelessness. People are evil, we are destroying our planet and each other, and the only option is to enjoy life as much as possible before it is taken away. Yet she doesn’t bow to despair when it rears its ugly head. She faces it head on with every tool she has at her disposal, regardless of how small she feels standing in front of it. She doesn’t accept that humans will always be violent, poverty and hunger will always exist…


It’s disguised as Power, but we all know the truth

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Even the most progressive of us have to be honest, when we hear the word power our minds most likely flash to a white male in a tailored suit. Despite the leaps and bounds we have made, those are the individuals still running the most powerful organizations and governments in the world. Yet it’s important to recognize when these individuals actually have true power or they are just insecure beings, handed the keys to the kingdom because they were born to the right family. …


and why I surround myself with them

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Our world is getting approaching the brink of an apocalyptic shift in the treatment of women. Comparatively we have come so far, yet we we still have so far to go. Women are seizing more opportunities and crushing it more than ever in history, but even in the most advanced of countries are still subject to patronizing, ridicule, and blatant harassment. …


An Intrinsic and sustainable source

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When to take action and when to just shut up and listen

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Non-compliance doesn’t mean you can’t be a great team member

Photo by Warren Wong

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Drinking should enhance an experience, not replace it

Photo by Dave Lastovskiy

Alcohol has been on my blocked call list for awhile now. It’s like the friend I don’t want to talk to on a regular basis, but in the right situation with the right mood, he can be a lot of fun. I’m no longer tempted on a regular basis to drink and haven’t experienced a bad hangover in years, but sometimes I just get bored and waste time and money thinking it will replace my boredom with excitement. Or even worse, I may trick myself into thinking it’s the only sensible thing to do in a social situation.

I’m fortunate…

Zach D

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