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Morality has been the topic of debate for hundreds of years as understanding morality has huge implications in every single area of human society. At the heart of this debate, lies the issue of determining whether morality is objective or subjective.

In an attempt to define morality we come across two seemingly similar yet distinct definitions. The descriptive definition refers to morality as codes of conduct that are put forth by a certain society, group, or individual, whereas the normative definition refers to morality as a universal code of conduct that should be put forth by all rational persons.

Unfortunately, these definitions do nothing to clarify the debate between subjective and objective morality. Rather, they only serve to highlight the divide. So, instead, for the purposes of this essay, we will define morality as the set of principles that determine right and wrong. …


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The word “quit” has been programmed with a negative connotation by society. It implies weakness and laziness. However, quitting isn’t always necessarily a bad thing. Quitting can sometimes be the smartest, most productive, and even the most courageous possible course of action.

In today’s world, high school students are put under tons of stress due to the rat race that is college admissions. Students aiming for the Ivy’s or any high ranked college feel pressured into cramming every possible AP class and extracurricular into their schedule. They sacrifice their sleep, social life, mental health, and physical health to do more.

High school should be a time of hard work, yes. But, high school should also be a time to form meaningful relationships, develop a love for learning, and, most importantly, have fun. The only way to do this, however, is by clearing up your schedule. …


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Perseus defeated Medusa. David beat Goliath. Odysseus saved the Greeks in the Trojan War.

It would seem that a hero is defined by the trials they face and the obstacles they overcome. However, in today’s world, there are no monsters for us to battle, and no giants for us to slay. Instead, we try to find meaning through our careers and what we accomplish.

But, is that the path to true happiness?

It’s easy to believe that finding our own dragon to vanquish will be what brings passion and purpose to our lives. …


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The 2020 presidential elections have shown us a country divided. We’re divided by race, by class, by policy; we’re divided by gender and sexuality, and religion. Civilized, respectful discussion has become a relic of the past. People are angry, frustrated, bitter, and anxious.

It’s easy to feel depressed by the state of our nation; easy to sink into feelings of despair and hopelessness; easy to mark ourselves, the ordinary American citizen, as a victim of the political games played by the “upper class”. We forget, no matter how far from the truth it may seem, that this is a country of the people, for the people, and by the people.


A step-by-step process for clarifying your most important aspirations and then doing the work to make them happen

A person stands on a curvy arrow painted on the street.
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Nowadays, the phrase “follow your passion” is so overused it’s a cliche. Although great advice in principle, most people find it difficult, if not impossible, to follow, and it often does more harm than good.

If you’ve ever done even a little bit of research on goal setting you’ve almost certainly come across the SMART acronym which outlines the key components of a strong goal: specificity, measurability, achievability, relevance, and timeliness. Unless the goals you set meet these criteria, they remain an improbable dream, doomed to live out the rest of their time as a fantasy.

Herein lies the issue with trying to “follow your passion.” It’s too vague, too open-ended. There is no clear end goal you are trying to achieve. And because of this, it is an almost impossible task to accomplish. If you want to achieve something, you have to know exactly what success looks like, what it tastes like, sounds like, and feels like. You have to know exactly what you want to achieve and have a plan to get there. …


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The average CEO reads over fifty books a year. Hop onto youtube and you’ll find countless videos of self-help gurus passionately lecturing you about how reading every day changed their lives forever. Unfortunately, most of these successful entrepreneurs and visionaries only seem to promote non-fiction content.

In 2019, Warren Buffet, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and one of the richest people in the world, recommended 19 books: all non-fiction. Bill Gates recommended over 94 books in seven years, and only seven were fiction.

In a world that revolves around our careers and constantly getting ahead, non-fiction books are put on a pedestal, leaving their equally important partner, fiction, behind. …


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Focus and concentration are difficult skills to develop.

This is especially true given the current environment where we are constantly surrounded by a barrage of endless distractions. Given this, it makes sense that more and more people, particularly those with an interest in self-help, are looking for ways to rediscover the lost art of concentration.

Before we begin looking at how we can go about bulking our focus muscles, let’s first take a look at what attention is. For this, we will turn to philosopher and psychologist, William James:

“Everyone knows what attention is. It is taking possession of the mind, in clear and vivid form, of one out of what seems several simultaneously possible objects or trains of thought. Focalization, the concentration of consciousness are of its essence. It implies a withdrawal from some things in order to deal effectively with others.”

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