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The Importance of Service & How it Can Reshape the World

“This life is short, the vanities of the world are transient, but they alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive.” –Swami Vivekeanada

Charity is vital to the progress of humanity.

There is no act too small that can reshape someone’s life. The act of giving can entail many types of actions, whether it be donating money to a good cause, volunteering at a fundraiser, or even the simple act of spreading kindness on a daily basis. We think of charity as giving to others, but the amazing thing about this action is that in fact, it gives to both parties. By devoting part of your consciousness to the betterment of someone else’s life, you are also a building block in shaping a more wholesome and altruistic world.

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There are a number of ways you can contribute…

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When In Doubt: Simplify

“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” — Henry David Thoreau

With the weight of our responsibilities, personal lives and relationships, life is rarely simple.

The more that we have going for us, the higher potential we have for something going wrong. Even the most organized, well-planed individual can find it difficult to cope with the stress that accompanies even the best opportunities. Sometimes, we find ourselves too ambitious, only being able to put an ounce of energy into many different things at once. We fear that life is too short, that we need to seize each and every day for its full potential. This is true, but it is also true that sometimes, we can accomplish more by taking on less.

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Alain De Botton and the Philosophy of Our Everyday Lives

“Let death find us as we are building up our matchstick protests against its waves.” -Alain de Botton

The truth is, none of us really know it all.

However, there are certain people in the world who seem to have an uncannily keen understanding of human nature in a way that most of us ignore. When we think of philosophy, we tend to think of the ancient greeks passionately arguing about morality, ethics, or the question of God. If we are willing to expand our perspectives, (and be brave enough to confront some rather difficult ideas) we will then find philosophy actually is very present and relevant in our everyday lives.

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