What is the Meaning of Life?

What is the Meaning of Life?

For most of human history, meaning was not made by individuals but imposed by authorities. What is the meaning of life? Who knows. A more practical question is: How can we have more meaningful moments in life?

Work is Hard

Work is Hard

Unlike previous generations, we no longer look at work simply as a source of income. We want our work to expand our sense of identity, meaning, and purpose. And yet, once we graduate with our diplomas and idealism, Capitalism seems to force us to choose between money and meaning, between a decent return and higher goals.

Life is Hard

Life is Hard

We’re not getting any better at dealing with these problems; we may be getting worse. At their root, we fail to recognize our fragility and vulnerability. Technology makes our lives easier, but it won’t make us happier until we develop our emotional intelligence, including kindness.

A Modest Proposal to Un-Divide Our Country

A Modest Proposal to Un-Divide Our Country

How we use the Internet — and for what — has changed dramatically over the past ten years. The same forces that are empowering groups that feel repressed — #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, and, yes, #WhiteLivesMatter too — are challenging our ability to relate to one another across identity-based and ideological divides. Here’s what I’d do to change that if you were to give me $50 million.

The Joys and Sorrows of a Small Identity

The Joys and Sorrows of a Small Identity

This past week I’ve been riding my bicycle down from Seattle, along the Oregon Coast, and inland to Klamath Falls where I’ll catch the overnight train to Jack London Square in Oakland, named after one of my favorite fellow wanderers. On day one, I took a...
Walk Around the World

Walk Around the World

The book that captured my imagination most as a teenager was Peter Jenkins' A Walk Across America. In the 1970s, disappointed with the state of the world, Jenkins set off walking with his dog Cooper from upstate New York down to New Orleans and across to the...