On friendship, listening, & love

Sen. Ben Sasse has pointed out that friendship is in devastating atrophy. In 1990, the average American had 3.2 friends. In 2018, the average American had 1.8 friends. He says that there's no data that shows you’re happier when you go from 200 to 500 social media friends, or from 500 to 1,000. But, if…

learning to listen (from a lawyer)

Recently, I watched the movie Worth. It’s the story of Kenneth Feinberg and his team, who were given the responsibility of determining which victims of 9/11 would receive compensation – and how much. The movie demonstrates the evolution of Feinberg’s approach, where he learns to deal with people as people – not as statistics. The…

A challenge for the new year

Recently, I caught a glimpse of a back-and-forth twitter fight, the kind that seems so common these days. Someone had posted a picture of a prominent congresswoman dining out with her boyfriend. The picture had the man's feet circled, so that the commenter could make fun of them. The congresswoman shot back, questioning the other…