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The Tyranny of the Perfect Life

Incoherency of a Utopia

We believe people have many needs and values that can come together in perfect harmony. We think, under the right conditions, education, technology and political systems, we can completely solve all our problems.

But we have to stop and consider these questions: What if our values and needs contradict each other? What, if we gain somewhere, we will lose somewhere else?

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Before turning on your computer, sit down with a blank piece of paper and decide what you can realistically accomplish that will further your goals.

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