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The Problem of Individual Choice & Why We Should Care About Social Choices

In this talk, Renata Saleci makes an important point about our unhealthy obsession with making choices – or rather how we became so consumed by the idea of making rational choices for ourselves that we lost sight of social responsibility – that is making choices for the benefit of the collective present and future.

For me the subject of choice is important because it is closely linked to the idea of simplifying one’s life – a key topic I am currently diving deeper in. Basically making a choice supposedly means reducing noise and uncertainty from possible future scenarios. At the same time, we are under social pressure to make rational choices for ourselves all the time and this in itself is bringing more anxiety and pressure to make the right choices.

“Did I make the right career move?”

“Did I invest my money wisely?”

“Did I choose the right school for my children?”

We are becoming consumed by this and it has become a major source for stress and unhappiness. So instead of reducing complexity in our lives, our obsession with choices is actually increasing it. Living a simpler life requires that we don’t get lost in making choices but rather practice the art of making elegant choices – that is choices that come from a clear and open heart and mind and in line with our general life purpose rather than being sucked up into futile and resource intensive detail or worry!

Overcoming Fear and Breaking Free from its Tyranny

Fear is a cruel tyrant and we all know it. It debilitates us and immobilizes us, by restricting our possible responses to life and thus severely limiting it. It effectively sabotages us from succeeding in reaching a goal or achieving happiness and peace of mind. Fear can make us reject an opportunity to make a public speech, hold us from…

Heart Driven Success

There are many factors that play a determining role in success. The most commonly identified are qualities such as passion, determination, perseverance, good planning, intuition and creativity amongst a few others. It is to be said, however, that not all success comes from the heart or leads to happiness. There is success which comes from taking smart decisions, hard work…

The little sacred rules of inner peace

No matter how different people’s goals, inclinations and social conditions might be, there is always one thing that is common to all humans – the desire for inner peace. Some might not be consciously aware of this all the time or their life experiences have completely closed their heart to this possibility. Others might think that their highest goals are…

Developing Awareness – Part 1

Awareness is fundamental to all human activity. It is the basis of all our mental states and processes, creativity, perception, knowledge and culture. Everything starts from awareness. It is the portal between consciousness and the world around us. Recently I have become more and more intrigued by the idea. The more I learn about it, the more I realize how…

The art of creating meaning into your life

I think one of the most fundamental questions we come to ask in our lives is “what is the purpose of my life?” which can be transcribed into “How meaningful is the life I am living at the moment?” This is a personalization of the more general and philosophical question “What is the meaning of life and everything?” These questions…

A Note on Happiness

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence” Aristotle Every living being in this world seeks happiness whether s/he is aware of it or not.  It is the meaning and purpose of life as Aristotle had noted. “Isn’t it obvious?” I hear you say. Yet is it really that obvious I…

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