Christmas Every Day

What do you get for a person who has everything? I don’t mean everything in the material sense. Because, as we all know, money doesn’t buy happiness. On the other hand, money may not buy happiness, but it does make misery a lot more comfortable. But how many material things must we posses before we reach happiness? Bliss, Eternal joy. Nirvana. Whatever you want to call it. In other words, if you were able to posses every single thing there was to posses, would you finally be happy?...
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Should I Love My Enemies?

By Robert P Have you been bullied or persecuted? I certainly have. You would think that, having been victimized, I would vow never to do that myself - having suffered would have made me wiser, more noble, more enlightened. The social philosopher Eric Hoffer notes this is seldom the case - the oppressed usually can hardly wait until they can become the oppressors and get revenge. For every Nelson Mandela there are hundreds of angry souls demanding that you should do unto others as others did u...
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What Is True Happiness?

By Kody B. At the beginning of my sophomore year of high school I was at the stage in my life where all I wanted to do was to be seen, be cool, and be popular.  All I cared about is what people thought of me, how they reacted when I was around, and what people said about me. I was living what I thought was the “high life.” I had everything I wanted: friends, a great social life, and good grades. But was I really happy?  By my senior year I had some doubts.   I began to realize that this ki...
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Why Does God Allow Suffering?

By Cherie G. It’s a tough question.  The way I see it, each of us is a student in God’s gigantic classroom.  We’ve each been given an intricate and powerful machine called “eternity”, and we're all here to learn how it works so that one day, we can become like God and create our own worlds and children, just like him. Eternity functions when all eternal laws (i.e. physics, marriage, math, agency, families, etc.) are understood and are being used properly.  Just like the with laws of motion, i...
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What is the Purpose of Life?

By Lora I. Arguably the most clichéd religious and philosophical question is this: What is the purpose of life? This question has been uttered, written, and repeated by thousands of folks around the world including Adam, one of my good high school friends. Even now, a full decade later, I still remember our conversation about the purpose of life. It was the years of adolescent angst and strong opinions, so typically, I was perfectly happy to philosophize about grand questions. However, even t...
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How can I know where to go next?

By Austin W. I started my MBA program at Harvard this fall, so I've had some occasion to speak with classmates about career and life planning. HBS encourages students to think carefully about career options. Although there are exceptions, the general consensus goes like this: “While other less fortunate people must make do with the limited opportunities they are relegated to in life, you who will shortly be graduates of this distinguished university are free to fully optimize each and every s...
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