Where do our values come from? Why do we care about what we care about?

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Nonprofit Staff - The Role of Optimism and Idealism

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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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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…

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Old Woman Magoun

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Mary E. Wilkins Freeman began writing in the 1880s. Much of her work concerns the daily realities of life in the provincial New England towns of that era. She is…

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The Money-Empathy Gap

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"The Money-Empathy Gap" examines several physiological and sociological studies on the correlations and causations between money and interactions with others. The piece observes that many studies show that the more…

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Three Questions

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What if there were a way to be certain so one would "never stray in any matter"? Leo Tolstoy—one of the giants of 19th century Russian literature—begins his story with…