Alpha Living

  • The Pleasure Of Hating

    There is no end of commentary on the venom and vitriol that is so characteristic of contemporary politics. Though history shows that current American politics remain tame compared to the unhinged fury of 19th century brand, the...

    • Posted June 23, 2017
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  • How To Become A World-Class Wit

    It has occurred to me lately that there is an abundance of comedy, a great deal of snark, a surfeit of indignation, and an endless mine of hate in the public sphere. But there is very little...

    • Posted June 2, 2017
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  • Is Friendliness Possible With All Your Political Opposites?

    This may be one of the most pressing questions of our time. Some weeks ago I wrote about hypocrisy and the forces that push us toward it. That article was concerned mostly with being true to your...

    • Posted June 1, 2017
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  • Why You Should Think Like Plato—Sometimes

    The Greek philosopher Plato was a native of Athens. Born in 427 B.C.E, he was of distinguished aristocratic lineage on both his mother’s and father’s side. He came of age during a time of extraordinary change and...

    • Posted May 26, 2017
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  • 3 Leadership Lessons From The Roman Emperor Julian

    The Roman Emperor Julian, also known as Julian the Apostate, was born in 330 C.E. He was the nephew of Constantine the Great, the first emperor to be baptized into the Christian faith (the actual baptism occurring...

    • Posted May 18, 2017
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  • Reasons For Alarm And For Calm

    It has been one of those weeks in political news that is impossible to ignore. Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey set off a wave of mostly negative opinion against him. Even the most conservative...

    • Posted May 12, 2017
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  • Why We Are Looking More Alike—And What It Means

    I spent the Easter weekend in Oxford, England. Before leaving, I took the opportunity to visit the Natural History Museum that is attached to the town’s world-famous university. It contained an impressive exhibition on evolution. There was...

    • Posted May 11, 2017
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  • The Trouble With Happiness

    I was walking down the street the other day when I was assailed by two Mormon missionaries. “What makes you happy?” one of the young women asked. The question was posed as an introduction to what I...

    • Posted May 5, 2017
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  • How To Face A World That Has No Boogeymen

    While on the patio of a favorite restaurant, having my wine and enjoying the rare sunshine that comes to these parts, I overheard a conversation among a group of three middle-aged men seated next to me. One...

    • Posted April 21, 2017
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  • How To Socialize As A Non-Believing Couple

    One of the most irritating things about people of faith is their presumption. They assume that nearly everyone they encounter believes as they do. While in conversation with a religious next door neighbor or colleague at work,...

    • Posted April 13, 2017
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  • Your Life—Not The Lives Of Others

    One of the worse illusions perpetrated by social media is that everyone is living a great life—except you. Posts announcing engagements, job promotions, and book contracts; selfies depicting exotic vacations, great parties, and joyful nights out; other...

    • Posted April 12, 2017
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