A retrospective report

We take a retrospective report, this time with the prospect of various viewpoints. When we look back at our own history, it only makes sense now. It’s never lucid at the time. Today’s mirror emits a story that can’t tell a lie. While the future prohibits knowledge, gathering experience increases one’s attentiveness toward ambient hints. […]

‘To be or not to be. That’s not really a question’

“To be or not to be. That’s not really a question,” quipped film director Jean-Luc Godard back to Shakespeare’s most famous line. To be is rather a false start. We think that success breeds confidence, but it’s actually the little lessons along the way that build up our future. Struggle makes us human Similarly, it […]

Technology spreads unreality

The reason we’re so comfortable around friends is because we can strip away the plastic and can be ourselves, zits and all. The problem with social media is that while it allows for the perfected self, it also undermines reality. Juxtaposing our screen lives and raw selves can make us feel fraudulent. Technology spreads unreality. […]

The effect of expectation

The placebo creates a ceremony of expectation. It builds off novelty and reinvigorates confidence in the possibility of recovery. We all fall victim to the soft mental implantation of a placebo, the oldest medicine in the world. One simple belief kickstarts a chemical revolution. But in reality, the answer just needed to be poked from dormancy. […]

How to avoid the comparison bubble

[bha size=’120×120′ variation=’01’ align=’alignright’]It’s easy to get caught up in the comparison bubble. You always want what we don’t have. You are incorrectly taught to copy, just as you’re erroneously taught to think in absolutes. Celebrate what makes you unique You should do what makes you unique. You should feel free to steal ideas from […]

Book guilt

On average, how many times do you actually finish the book you’re reading? Artist and journalist James Bridle encourages us to be honest with ourselves on answering that question. Here’s what he says: I don’t read like I used to—although that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I rarely finish books. I’ve always had a habit […]