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    • Attention Activist | 4 min
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      Plum2 weeks ago

      Yes, making commitments, however small is a huge part of attention and so important for our wellbeing.

    • The New York Times Company | Michael J. Sandel | 9/2/20 | 7 min
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      Plum2 weeks ago

      So many important things to think about in this article and thanks for the comments. Looking at college admission as the goal of education has done a lot to destroy the quality of what is taught and the fun and adventure of learning about the world for kids in k through 12. It has led to a focus on test taking and competition. There are so many important things we could be teaching our kids about our humanity, civics, health, history, etc etc to instill a love of learning and reading and life if we stopped thinking only of the end point as college and those who go as the only ones who succeeded.

    • The Guardian | Martin Pengelly | 8/24/20 | 3 min
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      Plum1 month ago

      Jerry is right. It will be back, different and the same, there has to be a nyc.

    • The New Yorker | Helen Rosner | 2/27/20 | 6 min
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      Plum1 month ago

      Jeff Kready said it but I have to say it again “wonderment paralysis”

    • Opinionator | 6 min
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      Plum1 month ago

      This!

    • Medium | Natali Morad | 9/28/17 | 14 min
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      Plum1 month ago

      Interesting. Important ideas to take in- being an adult doesn’t and shouldn’t mean bring frozen in an identity, it can be a continual transformation. We always have more to understand and we need relationships with others and ideas to grow if we don’t want to be stuck. Buddhist ideas and mindfulness seems helpful in this.

    • Ben Werdmüller | Ben Werdmüller | 7/20/20 | 3 min
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      Plum2 months ago

      Stay awake everyone and keep speaking to other Americans off social media. We are in for trouble.

    • bariweiss.com | 8 min
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      Plum2 months ago

      Who is this? Just wondering how to understand his very public letter.

    • CNBC | Dr. Richard W. Besdine | 7/9/20 | 5 min
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      Plum2 months ago

      I remember him when I worked and studied geriatrics at Beth Israel Hospital almost 40 years ago! Glad he is going strong!

    • Interview Magazine | 7/8/20 | 16 min
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      Plum2 months ago

      I love so much about this and want to read everything she has read and the part where she chooses Danny DeVito as her favorite celebrity made me want to be her friend

    • Aeon | Emily Herring | 7/7/20 | 19 min
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      Plum2 months ago

      Interesting

    • J.K. Rowling | J.K. Rowling | 20 min
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      Plum2 months ago

      Another example of why Twitter and fast uninformed reactions are so damaging to us all. I had heard that she was not a supporter of trans people and lowered my own opinion of her with just that much information. Now I see how unfair that was. I am glad and also sorry that she had to tell her backstory publicly to get understood. There is a lot to think about here.

    • The New Yorker | Haruki Murakami | 4/30/13 | 7 min
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      Plum2 months ago

      After living in Boston for over 40 years and watching almost as many marathons here, he is exactly right. The race is magical. Boston Strong and many runners and supporters helped it to be even more so after the bombing.

    • The New York Times Company | NELLIE BOWLES | 4/24/20 | 11 min
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      Plum2 months ago

      Still don’t buy it. Terrible way to live- preparing for the apocalypse.

    • The Atlantic | Imani Perry | 6/15/20 | 6 min
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      Plum3 months ago

      If you join us, you might feel not only our pain but also the beauty of being human.... This time we might do it!

    • FranklyWrite | Cynthia Franks | 6/1/20 | 8 min
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      Plum3 months ago

      I’ve heard so many stories like this that I only have anger when I see police, gun in holster trying to intimidate....I can’t even imagine what it’s like to be black and feel that anger and also fear that the police lwant nothing more than to have a chance to cuff you or even shoot you. In England they don’t carry guns. Police here are not fit to carry them. Defund them. In Massachusetts the Republican governor wants to give them a 5 k bonus for taking a class in racism. Sorry, I know there are some decent ones out there.

    • jezebel.com | Brandy Jensen | 5/7/20 | 4 min
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      Plum3 months ago

      I love the ideas below. They do capture my despair. Sometimes the powers that be want us to feel it is mental illness but it is actually oppression and injustice. Witnessing it helplessly for the privileged or experiencing it and having life crushed for more and more. I hope we all rise up.

      “That these are sad times and it feels bad to live in them is hardly insightful, but lately I’ve been wondering if it’s not so much the sadness but the sameness. Watching wicked people prosper over and over, having the same conversations about powerful men and the consequences they will never face, witnessing suffering that was easily anticipated and avoided, asking again and again what can be done about it and being told again and again, essentially, “nothing.”.

    • The New Yorker | Helen Rosner | 6/8/20 | 3 min
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      Plum3 months ago

      Good advice! Always hard to get the bad apples in time!

    • London Review of Books | Eliot Weinberger | 6/4/20 | 30 min
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      Plum3 months ago

      This is just tragic, frightening and sad. He is so clearly unable to govern and is taking all of us over the cliff. He must be forced to resign.

    • The Atlantic | Rebecca Carroll | 6/3/20 | 5 min
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      Plum3 months ago

      “sit with that misery until something breaks in their brain, the narrative changes in their psyche, and the legacy of emotional paralysis lifts entirely. I don’t mean self-serving sadness or performative tears, but rather a bone-deep sense of agony and grief that forces the humanization of black people.”

    • Human Parts | Vanessa Smith Bennett | 3/20/18 | 4 min
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      Plum3 months ago

      I got more from the comments than the article. Thanks everyone The question of where fake positivity comes from is important. The same for false hope.

    • Longreads | 8/7/19 | 17 min
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      Plum4 months ago

      As a girl I loved Scarlet O’Hara and still do despite all the reasons not to. She had killed the angel and lived her own life through the worst of times.

    • The Atlantic | Derek Thompson | 5/22/20 | 14 min
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      Plum4 months ago

      Good information but wow we are in for a long ride. We will need to be there for each other.

    • @coffeeandjunk | Abhishek Chakraborty | 5/14/20 | 4 min
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      Plum4 months ago

      A like the idea of thinking about challenges and roadblocks as friction. Good word to help imagine them as normal and not prohibitive.

    • Esquire | Kelly Stout | 4/16/20 | 16 min
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      Plum4 months ago

      ...an early but indelible lesson that anything describing itself as a “system” will come with some measure of pain......I love this sentence. My solution -a few times I have reported my credit card lost and gotten a new one to scrub out subscriptions I sometimes unknowingly have accumulated.

    • The New York Times Company | Jonathan Safran Foer | 5/21/20 | 8 min
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      Plum4 months ago

      Wow. Amazing that meat is such an emotional subject. Important to know. I don’t eat meat for many reasons but as a nurse practitioner I try to encourage my patients to cut back or cut out meat. This would drastically reduce heart disease, obesity and cancer. Best thing (except for exercise and sleep) you can do for your health and it would certainly decrease a lot of misery on earth by shutting down factory farms and feed lots.

    • @coffeeandjunk | Abhishek Chakraborty | 5/7/20 | 10 min
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      Plum4 months ago

      Great article for now when we can practice solitude and do have more time

    • The Guardian | Rutger Bregman | 5/9/20 | 14 min
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      Plum4 months ago

      This was important for me, it fave me hope. It is important to think about how the boys were raised and learn from that

    • The Paris Review | Sabrina Orah Mark | 5/7/20 | 9 min
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      Plum4 months ago

      I love her and I adore her mother

    • fs.blog | 10/23/17 | 26 min
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      Plum4 months ago

      It’s so important to have a community of readers I always imagine all the people I will never know who are reading the same book with me but I treasure the people who I do know and who share their thoughts about a book and want to hear my thoughts. An incentive for reflection.

    • The New York Times Company | DAVE ITZKOFF | 5/4/20 | 13 min
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      Plum4 months ago

      I am a person who never watched Seinfeld but I always liked him from afar. Loved his movie about restarting stand up after tv.

    • cacm.acm.org | Cal Newport | 15 min
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      Plum4 months ago

      Interesting! Complex side effects! This is a good example of why we all need a broad humanistic education that keeps us reading. Engineers especially as they build a/our future. “To adapt the message Samuel Morse prophetically sent during his public introduction of the telegraph, engineers should keep asking, "What have we wrought?," then add the crucial follow-up prompt: "And what should we do about it?"

    • Plum4 months ago

      Thanks for finding this article, Deep Dave! It is a formidable virus. I am still optimistic that we will find ways to beat it but even more careful about not letting it get me!

    • The New Yorker | Miranda July | 6/4/07 | 15 min
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      Plum4 months ago

      The whole story is mesmerizing. Somehow I will always remember the skirt part.

    • Wait But Why | Tim Urban | 12/12/14 | 27 min
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      Plum4 months ago

      People always say the word soul and I never really know what they’re talking about. To me, the word soul has always seemed like a poetic euphemism for a part of the brain that feels very inner to us; or an attempt to give humans more dignity than just being primal biological organisms; or a way to declare that we’re eternal. But maybe when people say the word soul what they’re talking about is whatever it is that connects my 90-year-old grandfather to the boy in the picture. We are stories with souls.

    • WIRED | Nicholas Thompson | 4/20/20 | 38 min
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      Plum4 months ago

      Running! I like to lope around slowly and meditatively for an hour or two. No clock for me!

    • Aeon | Manvir Singh | 3/31/20 | 22 min
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      Plum4 months ago

      Interesting. It’s about love. It seems to me it’s also about commitment which can be life giving. Commitment is so important but it can go wrong if it’s not valued, attended to, grown with, kept alive. We are forgetting how to do that or maybe we are still learning. Until we learn more it’s easy to look at commitment as limiting instead of deepening and expanding.

    • The Verge | Casey Newton | 6/19/19 | 34 min
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      Plum4 months ago

      Everyone should read this. If Facebook was a literal place it would be shut down. In truth it’s much worse than a literal place it should be shut down. I think anyone who reads this or spends a day as a content monitor would agree.

    • The Story of Telling | Bernadette | 4/29/20 | 1 min
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      Plum4 months ago

      Amen

    • Longreads | 4/8/20 | 22 min
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      Plum5 months ago

      I liked this but found myself looking forward to the comments more than the writing.