What is the measure of a good life?

Question: What is the measure of a good life?

Andrew Spade: The measure of a good life is to feel like you’ve been fair to everyone, been good to everyone around you. That you haven’t left any “T”s uncrossed and “I”s that haven’t been dotted. I think that you inspire people to give them back. I mean for … for myself – not for others, for myself – I give what I have to give. And that’s … it’s my ideas and my thoughts. I share with everyone I know, whether it be an idea or whether it be, you know, a home on … I have … coming to stay, and these are things that I’m fortunate enough to have. Love your family. Love the people who are close to you. Help the people who are close to you. I think it’s just giving. I think it’s giving without any expectations back. I mean I don’t think you do it to get something back. You do it because it’s right to do. And I’ve always said this to people . . . “He did that to you, so why should you do this to him?” I said, “I don’t know what he’s gonna … if he’s gonna do something for me after this. I have no idea. I don’t know if it’ll ever come back to me; but I believe if you put it out there, it comes back to you in a spiritual way. I mean in a way that makes you feel better. It makes me feel like I did something.” And it has nothing to do with whether or not these things equal out in your lifetime now. It’s not about … there’s no balance sheet for these things. You do what you think is right. I’d rather give more, put more out there that really is great and be taken advantage of like over and over again. Like people say, “Don’t you feel like an idiot?” I said, “No! I feel like they’re idiots.” I don’t feel like an idiot. I feel like they’re an idiot because they’re never gonna get it again, and it’s gonna happen in their lives. So it’s … it’s a philosophy to live by which probably wouldn’t work for some people, but it’s how I get along. It’s how I kind of interact with people in my life.

Recorded on: 7/12/07

Love your family. Love the people who are close to you.

Why a federal judge ordered White House to restore Jim Acosta's press badge

A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration likely violated the reporter's Fifth Amendment rights when it stripped his press credentials earlier this month.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 16: CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (R) returns to the White House with CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist after Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly ordered the White House to reinstate his press pass November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. CNN has filed a lawsuit against the White House after Acosta's press pass was revoked after a dispute involving a news conference last week. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Politics & Current Affairs
  • Acosta will be allowed to return to the White House on Friday.
  • The judge described the ruling as narrow, and didn't rule one way or the other on violations of the First Amendment.
  • The case is still open, and the administration may choose to appeal the ruling.
Keep reading Show less

How to split the USA into two countries: Red and Blue

Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

Image: Dicken Schrader
Strange Maps
  • America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
  • Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Keep reading Show less

Water may be an inevitable result of the process that forms rocky planets

New research identifies an unexpected source for some of earth's water.

Surprising Science
  • A lot of Earth's water is asteroidal in origin, but some of it may come from dissolved solar nebula gas.
  • Our planet hides majority of its water inside: two oceans in the mantle and 4–5 in the core.
  • New reason to suspect that water is abundant throughout the universe.
Keep reading Show less