Musings

The Secret to a More Fulfilling Life? Learn to First Empty Your Cup

Learning the art of emptying my cup Most people live — whether physically, intellectually or morally — in a very restricted circle of their potential being. We all have reservoirs of life to draw upon of which we do not dream. -Philosopher William James In recent months, I found myself trapped and surrounded in a cloud of negativity that …

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How the Hustle Culture Creates Unnecessary Stress During Quarantine

Examining our addiction to productivity under a global pandemic If you don’t come out of this quarantine with either: 1.) a new skill 2.) starting what you’ve been putting off like a new business 3.) more knowledge You didn’t ever lack the time, you lacked the discipline You might have come across this blurb on …

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The ‘Somewheres’ vs. the ‘Anywheres’: It’s Not Just A Political Divide

There are two types of people in the world, the people from somewhere and the people from anywhere, or so it goes… British author David Goodhart coined the terms “Somewheres” and “Anywheres” to explain the divisions of British society that brought on Brexit and the rise in populist politics. According to Goodhart, the Somewheres are …

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Ultra-Nationalism is Dangerous Under a Global Pandemic

In the recent political tic-for-tat blame game, both the US and China have tried to shift responsibility for the spread of the coronavirus by downplaying their failings in virus response while escalating accusations of blame aimed at each other. Trump and other Republicans have labelled COVID-19 the “Chinese virus” and a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson had accused the US army …

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What Can the American Education System Learn from China’s?

“The curriculum is too focused on rote learning and kills creativity.” “It’s all work and no play.” “The competition is too fierce and stressful for quality education at top schools.” These are just raindrops in the ocean of complaints that target the rigid Chinese education system, which values memorization and determines merit almost completely based …

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7 Lessons Learned From a Quarter-Life Crisis

Honors-level grades, extracurricular activities, global exposure, multiple internships at recognized institutions— I had it together, or so I naively thought. Things came together fairly easy for me in college, so I thought that the same would follow in the real world where all the pieces would just magically fit together. I couldn’t have been more wrong. …

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