How do we define who we are?

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Title

The Porcupine’s Dilemma

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Reading

Overview

Nineteenth-century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer wrote extensively on motivation, desire, and the relationship between the individual and society. Sometimes called “the philosopher of pessimism,” he regarded human desire as the…

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Learning to Love America

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Reading

Overview

Born in Malacca, Malaysia in 1944, Shirley Geok-Lin Lim was raised by her Chinese father and emigrated to the U.S. as a young woman. The author of several books of poetry, short…

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Juicy

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Audio

Overview

"Juicy" is a single by American hip hop artist, The Notorious B.I.G., and his solo debut single from his 1994 debut album, Ready to Die. "Juicy" is a rags-to-riches chronicle,…

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Nonprofit Staff - The Role of Optimism and Idealism

Highlights

The latter part of the discussion was definitely the most interesting. Once the discussion became a debate, or questioning, of what it means to be optimistic and where optimism comes…

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My Optimism

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Reading

Overview

Chinese poet and essayist Shao Yanxiang was born in 1933 in the Zhejiang province of China. During the mid-1950s, Yanxiang became critical of the new China and began publishing satirical…