What Makes a Good Life? – In the longest study of happiness ever, good relationships have been determined to be the single greatest factor in life satisfaction. People who are more socially connected to family, to friends, to community, are happier, physically healthier, and live longer. Relationships are hard, they are messy, and sometimes they hurt, but investing in them is the best way to the good life. Do it.
Egoistic Altruism – The modern world is not a zero sum game- a selfish argument for making the world a better place.
Why go to Mars – The greatest argument I’ve ever seen for why attempting challenging things is pivotal to advancement of our species. In 1492 England and France signed a peace treaty, the Borgias took over the papacy, and Lorenzo de’ Medici, the richest man in the world, died. Yet we remember an Italian weaver’s son setting foot in the Americas. A mission to Mars is what will be remembered, that is why.
Peter Zeihan on the Future – The post WWII stability of the last 70 years that we have all taken for granted is ending. The world will have to come to terms with a more disinterested United States which Zeihan argues will cause global instability over the coming decades. History is not over, in fact, it’s back in session. I also highly recommend reading Zeihan’s Accidental Superpower and his newsletter.