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The Limits of Financial Growth

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, March 31 2021

Money is today's medium of exchange for goods and services provided and received.  It's definitely much more convenient than trying to figure out how many scarves should be traded for five pizzas—let alone finding someone who has or needs that many of each item.  The solution is elegant: convert your scarves into money by trading with someone who w...

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The Ethics of Selfishness and Altruism

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, March 17 2021

Selfishness is bad; altruism is good.  That's probably what you've heard your whole life.  Do kind things for others, and you are a good person; if you focus on yourself, you are a bad person who will live a lonely life.  While there is nothing wrong with helping others, it is strange how warped people's view of these concepts have become.  Let's b...

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Is There a Higher Purpose?

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, March 10 2021

When people ask about their purpose, they often want a "greater" meaning or "higher" purpose in life.  But what do they mean by this?  Greater/Higher than what?  Does this mean a divine meaning?  And, if this exists, what is it for you, and is it the same for everyone?  Well, while this sounds like an impossible question, it's actually fairly simpl...

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The Prison of False Beliefs

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, March 3 2021

Belief.  It can get you through the greatest tragedies.  It can also hold you back.  How do you know the difference, and how can you prevent your beliefs from being a roadblock to realizing your full potential? One of the saddest situations is when someone chooses to live in misery because of their beliefs about their situation.  An example is when...

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What Are People REALLY Searching for?

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, February 24 2021

I've been analyzing the search queries that people are using to search for answers around meaning.  Here are a sample list of some of the top ones that get them to stumble upon this blog: The list goes on.  First of all, it's interesting that I seem to be quickly becoming the go-to site for people who haven't found any answers elsewhere and are loo...

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How You Literally Create Your Own Reality

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, February 24 2021

"You have to face reality."  "They live in their own reality."  "I reject your reality and substitute my own."  Reality...We talk a lot about what's real vs. not, but what is it?  What is real, and do you really have to face it?  We're going to analyze this logically and, surprisingly, find that you actually do create your own reality—not in a meta...

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The Origin of Life and the Meaning of Life

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, February 17 2021

When people talk about the meaning of life, many look back to the origin of life for insight.  Scientists and theologians both assess the origins of the universe, life, and everything in it to see what that knowledge can do for our lives today.  Is it possible to definitively know the origins of life and the universe?  Even if we could, would that...

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Can Money Buy Meaning in Life?

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, February 10 2021

Everyone asks about whether money can buy happiness, and research says that happiness increases with income up to a certain point (~$75,000/year is where monetary increases no longer reduce stress; ~$200,000/year is where there's no further impact on emotional state).  In a related question, people might ask whether money can buy meaning in life....

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Finding and Strengthening Meaning During the Pandemic

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, February 3 2021

The pandemic has caused a lot of soul-searching and deep questions on the meaning of life.  The biggest one is whether people can find deeper meaning in their lives through COVID-19, but they are also asking why things like this happen.  Let's address these questions in this post:

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Why It's Difficult to Figure Out What Will Make You Happy

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, January 27 2021

Ahhh, happiness.  It's what people think the whole point of life is.  But happiness seems to be so evasive.  You don't always know what will make you happy, and even if you do then it seems so fleeting.  What is going on here?  Can you truly live happily ever after?  Can you buy happiness?  What even is happiness, and can you define it?  Once you d...

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