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The free market existentialist perspective
William Irwin Ph.D.
We become stronger by suffering and overcoming. To become who you are is to always be in the process of dying to one way of being—so that you can become something else.
We should not try to make our sons into new and improved versions of ourselves. We need to let them be who they are, let them walk their own paths.
Meditation relieves stress, improves health, and augments performance at work. So what’s stopping you? A new book addresses some of the common roadblocks.
Awkward people are not socially fluent because they are often unable to read social cues and follow social scripts. They may be culpably ignorant but they can be awesome.
Because the introvert may be highly concerned with being authentic, we may wonder whether there is anything wrong with an introvert “passing” as an extrovert.
The pursuit of a lofty height diminishes appreciation of the present state of affairs. We need to have a healthy relationship with ambition.
In a culture that craves choices and options, in which we can order our coffee in 87,000 different ways at Starbucks, shouldn’t we have more than two choices for president?
Not since Ronald Reagan has America had a manly president, and maybe that’s a good thing. Trump’s “us vs. them” mentality appeals to our visceral, unthinking instincts.
Would you join an organization that wanted you to pay more for the same benefits as everyone else just because you have a higher income?
Sartre and company would have been more honest if they recognized that their Marxism was at odds with their existentialism.
Does one really love the other person, or does one just love the feeling of being in love? Are we doomed to solitude? Or can we build a bridge between the self and other?
The rational optimist hopes for a future that will bring increasing health, wealth, peace, and prosperity largely as a result of accidental, emergent, and unplanned phenomena.
My gratitude list started for me as a cure for self-pity, but it has now become a matter of prevention for all kind of negative thoughts and feelings.
Life does not guarantee approximate equality of outcomes, and the demand for such equality in the name of fairness is grounded in envy and resentment. You can change your frame of reference to turn envy into gratitude.
We all need to have enough income, but enough is not determined by how much our neighbors earn. It is incumbent upon each of us to define ourselves as individuals.
William Irwin, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy at King’s College in Pennsylvania.