Kind by nature: Have faith in humanity

Radical thinker Rutger Bregman paints a new, more beautiful portrait of humanity.

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Optimism is what runs the world, and cynicism only serves as an excuse for the lazy.

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Fighting racism: This is the biggest mistake people make

Voices of color are necessary for understanding racism, but it should be on their terms.

  • Topics of race and racism are often uncomfortable, especially for the people of color being pressured to share sensitive and vulnerable information.
  • While some people of color have chosen to educate others on what racism looks like and how to fight it, not all people of color should be expected to. Writer and consultant Robin DiAngelo argues that the onus is on white people to seek the information being offered, not to try and extract it.
  • As a white person, DiAngelo acknowledges that her voice "cannot be the only voice" and that voices of color are necessary to reach understanding.

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We can halve most forms of violence by 2030. Here's how.

A second step is to determine where violence concentrates and who is most at risk.

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Violence has always been one of humanity's most serious global challenges. This is because for most of history, we were natural born killers.

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'Hypersanity' is not a common or accepted term. But neither did I make it up. I first came across the concept while training in psychiatry, in The Politics of Experience and the Bird of Paradise (1967) by R D Laing.

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10 Krishnamurti quotes on the meaning of life

The Indian philosopher had a lot to say.

Indian philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti arrived in Sydney, 14 November 1970. Image source: Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
  • The Indian philosopher taught that concepts get in the way of observation, and only by ridding yourself of concepts can you experience freedom.
  • Reared to be a Theosophist leader, Krishnamurti rejected that system (along with all others) in formulating his outlook.
  • His books touch upon topics such as education reform, physics, and meditation.
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