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Yes, we’ve lost our faith in God, but we’ve lost our faith in reason too | Kenan Malik

Our failure to create social movements that fill the space vacated by the church has left people feeling helpless<p>Abandon all hope, ye who enter here. So runs the inscription above the gates of hell in Dante’s Inferno. Through those gates walks Dante with his guide Virgil:<p>Now sighs, loud wailing, …

Faith

Top 14 Usually Misquoted Motivational Quotes

Often the original quotation is far more profounder than the version everyone thinks is correct.<p>There's no question that motivational quotes can inspire you to become more successful, achieve better work/life balance, advance your career and create long-term enlightenment. However, were you aware …

Motivation

What Is the 4-7-8 Breathing Technique?

The 4-7-8 breathing technique is a breathing pattern developed by Dr. Andrew Weil. It’s based on an ancient yogic technique called pranayama, which …

“I guess the lesson here is: don’t get divorced.”

<i>This story is part of a series called</i> <i>Craigslist Confessional</i><i>. Writer Helena Bala has been meeting people via Craigslist and documenting their stories for over two years. Each story is written as it was told to her. Bala says that by listening to their stories, she hopes to bear witness to her</i> …

Relationships

Madagascar officials discover 10,000 stolen tortoises crawling in home after reports of 'rancid' stench

The smell was overwhelming as Madagascar police and wildlife officials pulled up to a two-story home in Toliara earlier this month. But the inside of the house was even worse — it was there they found thousands of endangered tortoises crawling in every room of the house.<p>“You cannot imagine. It was …

Why I Left The U.S. 20 Years Ago... And Why I Won't Be Coming Back

In hindsight, growing up in white, middle-class suburbia in 1980s America was kind of like being brainwashed. I grew up believing that having money was an objective to strive for and that life was a ruthless competition. I worked hard in school and got a good job because that was what was expected …

These boxes are a billion-dollar industry of homesickness for Filipinos overseas

About three hours before Philippine Airlines Flight 102 leaves for Manila from<p>LAX, the boxes begin to spill onto the curb outside Tom Bradley International Terminal.<p>Packed with gifts such as Kirkland chocolates, hand-me-down clothes and Spam for relatives overseas, the cardboard containers …

Asia

The 20 photographs of the week

News photography,Photography,Art and design,Culture,World news,Palestinian territories,Syria,Middle East and North Africa,North Korea,South Korea<p>The Korean summit, the Bill Cosby verdict, the anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and demonstrations in Gaza – the week captured by the world’s …

Middle East

The 10 Funniest Award Show Speeches in History

Robin Williams, Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Murray — it doesn't get better than this.<p>Award show season is over, but these entertainers have made award shows …

I couldn't believe these were my father's final words to me

Last autumn, my brother Caleb and I knew our father didn’t have much time left. He had been in the hospital intensive care unit three times in one year and although his mind was clear, his heart was failing. But he refused to admit it – and that presented a minor problem.<p>Caleb and I wanted Dad's …

22 Dads Who Deserve A Place In The Dad Hall Of Fame

Give these dads a medal.

Why are kids so bored, impatient, and fragile these days?

<b>Kids' social, emotional, and academic functioning has been declining for years, which suggests we need a new approach to parenting.</b><p>A friend of mine, …

An actress lived for decades in this New York City apartment -- for $28 a month

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> New York City is hugely expensive. But until March of this year, one woman was lucky enough to occupy a two-bedroom apartment in Greenwich Village -- one of the city's most desirable neighborhoods -- for the astonishing rent of $28.43 a month.<p>Yes, twenty-eight dollars. That's not a …

Greenwich Village

Video Shows Elephant 'Crying' During Training Session

Tai just performed on HBO's "Westworld" — but her life behind the scenes hasn't been easy.<p>In a recent episode of “Westworld,” the popular HBO show, …

11 Affordable Superfoods You Can Eat Every Day

They’re probably in your pantry right now.<p>The word superfood may conjure up an image of little drawstring bags stuffed with ruby red goji berries or …

Why Ben Wa Balls Are The Sex Toys You Never Knew You Wanted

"You're not putting those in my butt," Anastasia tells Christian in <i>Fifty Shades Darker</i> when he shows her a set of Ben Wa balls. He doesn't; Christian …

University of Illinois

Reap *major* anti-inflammatory benefits by making this super-simple ginger tea

Selena Gomez famously takes a ginger shot every morning because it “[kills] everything inside—all of the bad things,” as revealed on <i>The Late Late</i> …

Antiinflammatory

How To Stop Your Mind From Racing At Night

Some nights, you get into bed and your mind starts going over every single thing you've done, ever, since you've been alive. Or, it goes through …

Sleep

Oral Sex Tips to Send Your Partner Right Now

What to do when you want oral sex, but aren’t sure how to give your partner the heads up? That’s easy. You send them this article.<p>Oral sex is a magical experience for women. For many, it is the primary way in which we orgasm. The issue? So many people don’t know what the heck they are doing down …

Selling

5 Ways To Get Rid Of Skin Tags Without Having To Go To The Dermatologist’s Office

<b>* Skin tags are caused by skin rubbing against itself</b> <b><br>* While harmless, the growths can be unsightly</b> <b><br>* Removal of skin tags can be accomplished using</b> …

Skin Care

7 challenges smart people choose to overcome

It’s truly fascinating how smart, successful people approach problems. Where others see impenetrable barriers, they see challenges to embrace and …

Self-improvement

Anti-Inflammatory Diet: 9 Recipes to Get You Started

Chronic inflammation may negatively affect some of your body's systems and organs, including your heart.<p>But some studies suggest that a diet rich in …

Food

What is gaslighting? And how do you know if it's happening to you?

It’s an unfortunate reality that happens in personal relationships and by public figures to the peoples they serve.<p>“Oh come on. I never said that.”<p>“You’re just being overly sensitive.”<p>“I don’t know why you’re making such a big deal out of this…”<p>Psychologists use the term “gaslighting” to refer to a …

Domestic Violence

Watermelon Salad with Kalamata Olive Vinaigrette

A simple, fresh watermelon salad says <i>summer</i> like nothing else. With the addition of crumbled feta cheese and a chunky olive dressing, the salty-sweet …

Recipes

Elon Musk Cut the Gordian Knot of Corporate Spending

With a single stroke of genius, Musk solved one of the world's most intractable management problems.<p>Elon Musk keeps hitting it out of the ballpark... not as a technology guru but as a people-savvy manager. Last month, Musk gave the world's best productivity advice in a single, short sentence and …

consultants

Here's How Much Money You Save By Cooking At Home

Intuitively, we all know there are benefits to cooking at home. You can use healthier ingredients, set portions to a reasonable size, avoid food allergies, and of course you can save money compared to ordering restaurant delivery or using a meal kit service.<p>But just how much money do you save by …

Cooking

The one thing that blinds you to the best in others

A few years back, a buddy of mine named Harry was dating someone new. Harry was excited because she was pretty and shared the same interests.<p>One day, …

Self-help

It actually is possible to train your brain to become smarter

There are many rumors about the strange habits and capabilities of inventor Nikola Tesla.<p>He was said only to need about two hours of sleep per night, supported by occasional naps. He apparently died without ever marrying and, possibly, without any intimate relationships, deeming them a distraction …

Inventions

1 hour per day doing this mental exercise will exponentially increase your success

<b>“Remember, dreams without goals are just dreams and they ultimately fuel disappointment. Have dreams, but have goals, life goals, yearly goals,</b> …

exponentially

How to Fix Your Dehydrated Skin

Follow these steps to keep your skin from drying out while you sleep.<p>In summer, it's the A/C that does it. In winter, it's the heater. The comforts of late capitalism are so arranged that you've got to constantly find solutions on how to fix your dehydrated skin.<p>It’s hard enough to keep your skin …

Skin Care