Amit Shah

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Albert Camus on the Will to Live and the Most Important Question of Existence

“The body’s judgment is as good as the mind’s, and the body shrinks from annihilation. We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking.”<p><i>“If the universe is meaningless, so is the statement that it is so… The meaning and purpose of dancing is the dance,”</i> Alan Watts wrote in …

Why Luck Matters More Than You Might Think

When people see themselves as self-made, they tend to be less generous and public-spirited.<p>I’m a lucky man. Perhaps the most extreme example of my considerable good fortune occurred one chilly Ithaca morning in November 2007, while I was playing tennis with my longtime friend and collaborator, the …

Wall Street

The Transcendent Imperative

<i>The truth is that the more ourselves we are,</i> <i><br>the less self is in us.</i> <i><br>–Meister Eckhart</i><p>In a glowing passage from <i>Anna Karenina,</i> Tolstoy describes an …

University of Chicago

Why Tax Havens Are Political and Economic Disasters

Seeking prosperity through lax business and tax regulations leaves countries worse off.<p>In the early 1990s, economists coined the term "the resource curse" to describe a paradox they observed in countries where valuable natural resources were discovered: Rather than thriving, such countries often …

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