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10 Important Lessons We Learned from the 2010s | Mark Manson
Ah, yes, the time has come! A time that only occurs a few times in our adult lives. A time that is completely arbitrary and whose importance is invented for the sake of writing clickbaity headlines like this one. That's right, it's the end of the decade, motherfuckers.

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Lessons from Social Media

  • At the beginning of the decade, we idealistically thought to connect the world would bring people together and help them become more tolerant of their differences. Sadly, the rise of intoleran...

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The best time in world history

It is the best time in world history to be alive. We are safer, healthier, less violent, more tolerant, more educated, and more literate than ever. We have more economic freedom, more knowledge, mo...

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Corporate overlords

Amazon's logistical efficiency, Apple's global supply chain and other tech companies like Samsung, Facebook, and Google are corporations that are holding the world together more than any internatio...

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The growing rural/urban divide

Populations are collecting in densely populated megalopolises. The cost of living and level of education is high, so is the access to amenities and art. In contrast, the rural parts of t...

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Going to College

After at least three generations, it might make more sense to skip going to college. 

For some, college still makes sense. However, for many, universities are too expensive, the educatio...

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Values and vulnerability

Consider the popular virtue of vulnerability. Initially, the message was that vulnerability is not a form of weakness, but a demonstration of strength.

It didn't take long for television show...

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The golden age of art

In the entertainment world from before, you were either a great superstar, or you were broke.

Today, the great majority fills the middle. If you're good, it is easier than ever to get your wo...

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Exposing people to complexity

In the late 2000s, people believed that we would make better decisions if we were informed correctly. However, it takes a huge amount of energy to cope with contradictory ideas, resulting in blindl...

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#1 Life Skill

Your ability to learn well on your own is the most important life skill. When there is an infinite amount of information, the advantages of learning and processing information in ...

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Attention saturation

We lived through the first time in history where the amount of stimulation available to us far outstrips our ability to enjoy it. This creates new problems:

  • We have to ...

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Nothing is too big to tackle

Final Fantasy VII has you battle a man on his way to becoming a God. But the game teaches you the importance of taking a stand and fighting for the right reasons, even in the face of defeat.

Determination is key

Whether it's powering through the many dungeons of Hyrule in a Legend of Zelda game or trying to complete an especially difficult assignment at work, you're not going to accomplish it all in one day. 

The key to getting through it all is to remain steadfast and keep moving forward, no matter the difficulty. Procrastination certainly doesn't help; it'll still be waiting right where you left off. 

Sometimes it takes teamwork

If Team Fortess 2 has anything to teach, it's that even the motliest of crews can win the day when they work together toward a common goal.

Sometimes the best teams come together from different walks of life, so don't be afraid to bring your cocky Scout and your experimental Medic even if it seems they won't work well together. 

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Voltaire

“History never repeats itself. Man always does.”

Voltaire

History lessons

The most important lessons from history are the takeaways that are so broad they can apply to other fields, other historical times, and other people. 

The point is that the more specific a lesson of history is, the less relevant it becomes.

Adopting new views 

One of the interesting parts of the Great Depressions from history is not just how the economy collapsed, but how quickly and dramatically people’s views changed when it did.

People suffering from immediate, unexpected adversity are likely to adopt views they previously thought absurd. It’s not until your life is in full chaos (with your hopes and dreams your dreams unsure) that people begin taking ideas they’d never consider before seriously.

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Connection and belonging

Connection and belonging

These are essential for a healthy and happy life.

Humans need close connections to be healthy, no matter the form they take: friendship, marriage, or family.

Meditation reduces stress and anxiety

Meditation improves your quality of life and boosts your immune system.

Research showed that meditation decreases anger and improves sleep, even among prison inmates.

The positive health effects of religion and spirituality

People with strong faith release control of their struggles and worries to a higher power, which helps to relieve anxiety and stress.

Religious groups also offer a strong source of community and friendships, which is critical for health and happiness.

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