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Notes on a Nervous Planet
Notes on a Nervous Planet | Matt Haig
The world is messing with our minds. Rates of stress and anxiety are rising. A fast, nervous planet is creating fast and nervous lives. We are more connected, yet feel more alone. And we are encouraged to worry about everything from world politics to our body mass index. How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad? How do we stay human in a technological world? How do we feel happy when we are encouraged to be anxious? After experiencing years of anxiety and panic attacks, these questions became urgent matters of life and death for Matt Haig. And he began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him. Notes on a Nervous Planet is a personal and vital look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the 21st century.
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Lirochacamarao
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Every person that is suffering with any anxiety problems should definitely read this book. Honestly, all people should read this book. Absolutely amazing and full of hope.
Well done Matt Haig!

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lisakoby
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Thought provoking and, oddly, calming me by calling to our shared non-consumable humanity.

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conny
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The final line of one chapter is ”Just be. Just beach.”

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sarahgreatlove
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This book is a beautiful love letter to humanity, in a way, especially to all of us who struggle with anxiety and overwhelm. It‘s very poetic but also very practical. I‘ll definitely be buying this one for friends. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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JackOBotts
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Another important, honest, and open work from Haig. How has society, technology, social media, culture changed, and how have those changes impacted our daily lives? This may be the only book I finish in June, but it was a good one. Lots to highlight and reflect upon.

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Very generic (‘keep yearning‘ and ‘love will save us‘). I also feel he implied his experiences were universal unhelpfully. I have anxiety and lots of his descriptions didn‘t ring true. I get ppl differ, but he didn‘t leave much wiggle room for valid different experiences. Authors he quoted who I know I felt he badly mischaracterised, and he was VERY into Sapiens which is 😐. I wanted more than ‘marketing is, like, damaging, guys‘ as the message

Zelma I had similar issues with his earlier book How to Stay Alive. I know it was an #unpopularopinion but I hated it. I felt like it diminished other people‘s experiences with depression and anxiety, pointing to his ways of dealing with it as superior. Probably not hi intention but the whole book just left a bad taste in my mouth. 2mo
Caterina Moments like this I wish I could "anti-stack" a book from a review, in the category of "remember to never ever read this." ? Thanks for the review! 2mo
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ssravp
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Man does this hit close to home. Great truths. Great advice. And it‘s narrated by the author, which I always enjoy.

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arlenefinnigan
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This was an interesting, if not especially original, read. A lot of the advice is fairly common sense (some of it a little trite) but it does bear repeating. It's an interesting reflection on modern life, and obviously I enjoyed the bit about how good reading is for you ("reading is love in action").

CarolynM I'm going to remember that quote! 🙂 4mo
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KimM
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Words of wisdom from Matt Haig.

Bookgirl This is great. Stacked! 4mo
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sarahgreatlove
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Went to my fave bookstore today while on holiday and took many pictures of books I really wanted!

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arlenefinnigan
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Next up

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scripturient
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We‘ve had a change in weather so it‘s migraine time. Wohee! Not! Oh well, I can‘t concentrate on the novel I‘m reading but Matt Haig‘s book is perfect because it has super short chapters. And he‘s making a lot of interesting points.

ShyBookOwl Boo to migraines! 4mo
julesG Hope you're feeling better soon. 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Feel better soon. 4mo
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cobwebmoth Hope your migraine eases soon. 4mo
Sarah83 It's every time the same 😷 4mo
nikirtehsuxlol I currently have this at home! My cover is totally different 4mo
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dxmy
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4,5/5⭐

I've been trying to be more aware about the way the world affects me since overcoming my depression a couple of years ago. I like to think I've been doing quite good, but this book is a very helpful read to keep focus and also opened my eyes to new perspectives! A great read for people who want to log off sometimes but can't seem to or feel anxious when they do.

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dxmy
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Take a moment to have a little break every day. Not just a break from work, but a break from the world in its entire way. This quote is just gorgeous, an amazing way of putting it. A new motto!

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dxmy
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All of these are good reminders, but number 5 made me laugh 😂

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dxmy
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I've only been dealing with intense anxiety for a little over a year (as an effect of depression and heavy IBS) and this bit here is really important to me!

Freespirit It‘s hard to live with. You are doing a great job❤️ 4mo
dxmy @Freespirit That's so nice, thank you!! 🤭 4mo
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dxmy
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This is also a very important thing to remember!

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dxmy
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Always a good reminder

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Cathy_J
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A non fiction book pondering human happiness and dealing with anxiety in the modern world. Some very interesting ideas and loads of great quotes and information. Found it a little bit repetitious toward the end but easy to read due to the structure of the book. ⭐⭐⭐ I have been a fan of Matt Haig since reading The Humans.

EmilyM I have anxiety and some of the things he brought me anxious! But, overall, I thought it was a pretty good book. Like you said, a little repetitive, but not bad. 4mo
EmilyM I meant to say "Some of the things he said made me anxious" ? 4mo
dreadamara I was just talking about this the other day and the topic reminded me of a TED talk i saw about ways the world could end where they suggested one was manking losing the will to live, which made me think of the increasing occurences of anxiety in modern society. 4mo
rwmg But is the increase in anxiety a world wide phenomenon? Do people in the more modern countries in Asia for example suffer from anxiety? 4mo
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dxmy
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Picked this up after finding a copy of it at the bookshop I work at. I've heard many good things about it and so far I'm intrigued!

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Milly_Bagle
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Great

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rachelk
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I love how relatable and open the author is about anxiety, life in the 21st century and his own personal experiences. The book is organized into insightful, bite sized chapters that are easy to read — even for a highly distracted person. #selfhelp #nonfiction

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LaLecture

I once hated a mole on my face so much that [...] I took a toothbrush to it and tried to scrub it off. But the problem was never the mole. The problem was that I was viewing my own face through the prism of my insecurity. [...]
If we are feeling bad about our looks, sometimes the thing we need to address is the feeling, not our actual physical appearance.

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LaLecture

All that catastrophising is irrational, but it has an emotional power. And it isn‘t just folk with anxiety who know this.
Advertisers know it.
Insurance sales people know it.
Politicians know it.
News editors know it.
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Sex isn‘t really what sells. What sells is fear.

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LaLecture
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I sometimes feel like my head is a computer with too many windows open. To much clutter on the desktop [...]. And if I only could find a way to switch off some of the frames, if only I could drag some of the clutter into the trash, then I would be fine. But which frame would I choose, when they all seem so essential? How can I stop my mind being overloaded when the world is overloaded?

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Jen2
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Really good!

CaroPi I may read it just because of the title 5mo
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Jen2
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Genius yet so difficult.

Samplergal Impossible. We are all a work in progress. 6mo
tammysue I agree! 6mo
Trashcanman Stick a revolver in your mouth... 6mo
SleepyDragon Is it okay if I compare other people to me? (Kidding) 6mo
ShyBookOwl Turns out, life is simple... if u let it be 🤔 5mo
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Jen2
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Well said.

Samplergal Truth. 6mo
GingerAntics I wish more people loved by this. 6mo
Talewaggingreads Nothing could be more true! 6mo
JennyM 🙌🙌🙌 6mo
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hgrimes
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Finished! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #twelveintwo
Notes on this book:
1. A must-read if you have an anxiety disorder or if social media/modern day technology has a tendency of triggering great amounts of stress.
2. This is a follow-up to “Reasons to Stay Alive”, but it can definitely be read independently.
3. Short chapters = short attention span friendly!
4. Very quotable.
5. I checked this out from the library, but I‘ve determined that I need it on my shelf.

Samplergal Good job! I‘m adding this one to my tbr. 6mo
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hgrimes

“Don‘t beat yourself up for being a mess. It‘s fine. The universe is a mess. Galaxies are drifting all over the place. You‘re just in tune with the cosmos.”

Suet624 Haig. ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
hgrimes @Suet624 I really can‘t get enough of his writings! His way with words is both unpretentious and perfect. 6mo
Suet624 Yes, a perfect description of his writing. 6mo
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hgrimes
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Solid advice.

DivineDiana ❤️ 6mo
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hgrimes
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Beginning the readathon and my sick day by finishing this book. I‘m at the tail end. I could really use some tea for this cold, but we moved last month and our tea strainer still hasn‘t turned up! 😭 And we‘re snobs, so all we have in stock is looseleaf. Anyone have tea strainer alternative hacks to share? #twelveintwo

julesG I have used coffee filters to either catch the tea leaves before they made it into my cup, or as a makeshift teabag 6mo
hgrimes @julesG hmm I was wondering if a coffee filter might do the job! 🤔 6mo
hgrimes @wanderinglynn Thank you! Never would have thought of that! 6mo
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hgrimes
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1. This is where I live now. Under this electric blanket.
2. It is warm, low maintenance, energy efficient, protects me from the horrors of winter, I am a lizard person, and it was on clearance for $17. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
3. I‘m so sad to be almost finished with this book!!! I‘ve been loving it!
4. When I should be going to sleep.
5. Friday is pizza day, the best day of the week!
#friyayintro @howjessreads

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hgrimes
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“Reading isn‘t important because it helps to get you a job. It‘s important because it gives you room to exist beyond the reality you‘re given. It is how humans merge. How minds connect. Dreams. Empathy. Understanding. Escape.”

AmyG I love this quote. (edited) 6mo
JackOBotts I‘m reading Reasons to Stay Alive right now...moving. I know “Notes” will be a must read follow up. Your posts are confirming this. 6mo
Suet624 @JackOBotts I loved the one you‘re reading. 6mo
hgrimes @JackOBotts Loved that one too! If you‘re enjoying Reasons to Stay Alive, you‘ll definitely like this one as well! 6mo
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hgrimes
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Spending quality time with the couch, the book, annnnd the brand new electric blanket my husband surprised me with today after I killed the last one. It‘s so cozy and not covered in cat hair!

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ShannonColleen
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Say it louder for the people in the back! 🙌🙌🙌 Hi, you are wonderful just the way you are! You are uniquely and importantly YOU! Do not compare yourself to other people!

JennyM Back at ya!!! 😘 6mo
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hgrimes
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Terrific idea. 👍👍

Samplergal Omg. Exactly. 6mo
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BookAlongBlog
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4/5🌟 This book is FACINATING! This book really opens your eyes to new ways to look at anxiety and depression. Maty Haig describes his own struggles with anxiety, depression and panic attacks with humilty, and insight. I think this is a book a lot of people can relate to and benefit from. I read this book really quickly. It was hard to put down!

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ShannonColleen
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Lately I've been focusing more on how to be gentle with myself. Anxiety is a rough one, guys. However, this book is giving me a glimpse into the fast paced world we live in and how it perpetuates feelings of unease. To my fellow anxious humans, hang in there! You are amazing! 👏👏👏

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hgrimes
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Spot on!

Tamra #3 Litsy, Kindle Deals, Book Riot, (all other email deals), Goodreads, Library, Amazon, Online Used Booksellers 😬 6mo
wordzie 😂 6mo
hgrimes @Tamra You know how to wake up!! I do Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, then Litsy. Litsy purposely gets saved for last to serve as a sort of “cleanser”. (edited) 6mo
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Tamra @hgrimes 😆 6mo
zezeki I feel a bit better now about my getting up routine, knowing I'm not the only one. 😅 6mo
hgrimes @zezeki Far from it! I‘m “getting up” right now! 6mo
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hgrimes
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This book is causing me great anxiety right now!! 📚📚📚📚📚

tjwill I bought this book recently. I haven‘t read it all yet, but yes, that thought gives me some anxiety. 😬 6mo
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EmilyM
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Ok, so as a person with generalized anxiety disorder, this book was very good in some ways and anxiety-inducing in other parts. Matt Haig gets it--he has mental illness and he describes it very well. I felt validated and understood. My ONLY critique is that he does talk about things that make people anxious, and that made me anxious. While there wasn't a lot that I didn't already know, he has some good suggestions, and he is reassuring. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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LaLecture
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Though not as moving and insightful as “Reasons to Stay Alive” this book has made me think a lot, especially about the way I use social media, my priorities in life and what makes me feel angry or exhausted sometimes. Just as in RtSA Haig doesn‘t cover the topic from a scientific point of view (so don‘t expect many facts and figures) but gives examples from his own life and has some really great thoughts.

Moony That sounds great. *stack* And your planner looks like a bulletjournal, isn't it? 6mo
LaLecture @Moony Yes, it is :). I love the BuJo concept, although I‘m one of those people who use a more practical and less artsy approach 😅😂. 6mo
Moony @LaLecture Yes! I'm also use it for the work and it isn't artsy ;) 6mo
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tjwill
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Always my motto! 🙌🏽

Owlizabeth Yes! 💜📚💜 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage One of book group friends just said she‘s obviously on social media too much. She feels like books take too long. So the solution? Read more. Tweet less. (edited) 6mo
Clare-Dragonfly I want to like it, but I can‘t. It doesn‘t scan. Line 3 needs another iamb. 😬 6mo
tjwill @Clare-Dragonfly I thought it works, since all lines are iambic. It retains the pattern throughout. 😁 6mo
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tjwill
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It‘s hard to take a picture of a shiny book! 📸 I got this recently at the bookstore. I‘ve flipped through and found some great passages. It‘s about anxiety in an increasingly more anxious world.

Possible #NforNonfiction read? [Want to still use this hashtag?] @BarbaraTheBibliophage @daniwithtea @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Fine by me, I haven‘t read it yet and it looks very interesting! 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Could be. As long as it veers more to psych and less to self help. 6mo
daniwithtea Works for me! To @BarbaraTheBibliophage‘s point, it‘s tagged as both psych and self help on Goodreads, so it could go either way? 6mo
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tjwill @daniwithtea @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa It doesn‘t really read like either psychology or self-help to me, more like sociology. I have a different book I‘m considering too, which is about language, like my last one. 😁 Anyone read this one? 6mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Nope, I haven‘t read that one either. 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @daniwithtea @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @tjwill A Sociology focus works for me. But the pun book sounds fun as well. 6mo
daniwithtea Either looks good to me! 6mo
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hgrimes
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I‘m taking a break from Michelle Obama as I need some comfort and could really use some Matt Haig Words of Wisdom right now. Ugh, littens, addiction is a PLAGUE. Why is this not taken seriously?!! I just lost my 3rd friend in 15 months to it. It‘s upsetting that odds are, the majority of you can relate and know this kind of pain and grief. Sorry to be a total downer tonight!

WhatWouldJaneDo I'm so sorry about your friend(s)! We totally need to reevaluate the way we treat addiction. I hope you find some comfort in your reading. 6mo
4thhouseontheleft I‘m so sorry to hear about your friends. Addiction - and overdose deaths - has hit very close to home for me as well. 6mo
Graciouswarriorprincess I am so sorry. Prayers for you. 6mo
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Tamra 😢 6mo
AmyG I am so deeply sorry. My son lost his best friend almost 6 years ago. 😪 6mo
DivineDiana It is a horrible disease. Sending love to you. ❤️ 6mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Oh no! I am so sorry for your loss! 6mo
emtobiasz I‘m so sorry for your loss ❤️ 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m so sorry for your loss. ♥️ 6mo
GripLitGrl 😢💕 6mo
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LaLecture

But while choice is infinite, our lives have time spans. We can‘t live every life. We can‘t watch every film or read every book or visit every single place on this sweet earth. Rather than being blocked by it, we need to edit the choice in front of us. We need to find out what is good for us, and leave the rest. We don‘t need another world. Everything we need is here, if we give up thinking we need everything.

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I am keenly aware that the oft-used approach of pointing out a list of advantage of modern life [...] does not help. It is like a wagging finger telling a depressed person to count her blessings because no one has died. [...]
If the modern world is making us feel bad, then it doesn‘t matter what else we have going for us, because feeling bad sucks. And feeling bad when we are told there is no reason to, well, that sucks even more.