My name is Jeff. I was born, raised, and live in Pittsburgh, the greatest city in all of southwestern Pennsylvania. A few people contribute to this blog, but I mostly run things here. Enjoy the show.
The teachers told the children that this was when their continent was discovered by human beings. Actually, millions of human beings were already living full and imaginative lives on the continent in 1492. That was simply the year in which sea pirates began to cheat and rob and kill them. Here was another piece of evil nonsense which children were taught: that the sea pirates eventually created a government which became a beacon of freedom to human beings everywhere else. …
Actually, the sea pirates who had the most to do with the creation of the new government owned human slaves. They used human beings for machinery, and, even after slavery was eliminated, because it was so embarrassing, they and their descendants continued to think of ordinary human beings as machines.
We’re just a conceited naked ape, but in our minds … we see ourselves as some sort of god, seeing we can decide what will live and what will die, what will be saved and what will be destroyed, but honestly we’re just a bunch of primates out of control.
I work a lot, do a lot of different things, but I think in some ways I’m overcompensating for the inner, hidden knowledge that somewhere deep inside me there’s a lazy hippie waiting to get out, that if I’m given the opportunity, I’d lay down on the couch, turn on Adventure Time or The Simpsons, smoke a joint, and lay there for the next six months.
(Source: Fast Company)
Increasingly the world makes it easier to pay later and consume now. So you’re fighting not just your own impulses but the way the world is set up. But research has shown that debt has a very negative influence on happiness. People think about debt on a day-to-day basis. You’re driving to work or walking your dog and what pops into your mind? That looming debt. The best thing to do is to pay it off before you think about buying experiences. Debt can be particularly toxic for marital happiness. On the other hand if you pay for something ahead of time you have no worries about debt and when you actually have the experience or get the product it feels completely free. People describe cruises in this way. Pay for everything months in advance and by the time you go everything feels completely free.