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Section of the Gaugin painting Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?

The ninth need

In addition to the eight needs in my theory of universal human needs, I believe we also share an over-arching ninth need*: the need to understand who we are, why we exist, how we...

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A theory of universal human needs

Even simpler than Abraham Maslow’s 5-tier Hierarchy of Needs, and Clayton Alderfer’s 3-part ERG Theory, my Theory of Universal Human Needs has just two types of need: survival and betterment. Why we do the things we...

The Shawshank Redemption playing in a movie theatre

Cinema unanimity

A strange thing happens in cinemas: unanimity. In the real world few of us can agree on how we should live our lives; but as cinema-goers we are typically unanimous—that’s right, unanimous—about what protagonists...

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Organized for romance

If I had to describe my experience of fatherhood in a single word I would choose surprising. Sure, wonderful, exhausting, fun, and rewarding would all have made the list, but surprise is the emotion I...