I contributed my second piece to the new legal website, ConstitutionalDaily.Com (read the first piece, about money and happiness, here). This one is about the difference between actually needing something versus simply wanting it. Below is an excerpt:
I am not what some people would call a “healthy thinker.” When alone, I live a life of distraction: computers, television, movies, sometimes books, and of course iPhones. I’m not technologically savvy by any means, but I rely on modern developments heavily. If left to my own devices, I think dark thoughts: death, failure, solitude, existential angst, aging, poverty, famine, war, crime, hate, how ugly I am, etc. And yet here I was, embarking on just under an hour of cognitive torture with nothing to prevent me from silencing my depressive-oriented brain.
Read the entire piece here.
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