The Comfort Drug

There is a particular type of discomfort which accompanies personal growth. I say "particular" because it is different than the discomfort that comes from failure, dishonesty or disobedience. It is more like the "good burn" you get from an intense workout than the aches and pains which follow periods of sustained idleness. Your tolerance for …

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The Discomfort of the Unfamiliar

I remember reading the story of Abraham when I was in my teens. This story stood out to me more than others, perhaps because it offered excellent and personally relevant advice at a time when I really needed it. As a young man I was very concerned not to waste my life bouncing around from …

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The Love of Money

"Nature revealed a wondrous sense of justice when she admitted money into the world merely as a limited legal tender. All the greatest things in life, those of mind, heart and soul, she put safely beyond the power of money to buy. Money, in its purchasing capacity, is restricted to the material things of life, …

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The Truth is True

I stumbled upon an excellent article yesterday in The New York Times Sunday Review entitled "Biased but Brilliant." The author, Cordelia Fine, a senior research associate at the Melbourne Business School, points to research showing that confirmation bias - the tendency to search for or interpret information in a way that confirms one's preconceptions, leading …

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The Power of Truth

The relationship between horse and rider is sacred. Each must adapt what is natural in movement and balance to accommodate the other. Watch a riderless horse in a turn, for instance, and you may see him transfer weight to his inside legs, leaning into the turn and twisting himself to counterbalance the centripetal and centrifugal …

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