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30 Classic Home Library Design Ideas Imposing Style 10 September 2014, 18.53 Living
30 Classic Home Library Design Ideas Imposing Style
Collect this idea “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” ― George R.R. Martin Owning a home library conjures up feelings of excitement as well as promises of
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Ingenious Drawing Unit for Kids Shaped Like a Giant Paper Block
Collect this idea Designer Luc Lacroix of o-carre e-mailed us photos and information depicting his latest project, an ingenious drawing unit shaped like a giant paper block. According to the designer, BLOC is a chic version
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How Your Interior Design Is Influencing Your Subconscious
Collect this idea Tailor your design so it pleases your body and mind. Image Via: Jessica Helgerson Interior Design Usually when we discuss interior design, we talk about the aesthetic aspects – how to achieve a
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Modern Creativity on Display: Apartamento Cobogo in São Paulo, Brazil
Collect this idea Envisioned and implemented by Filipe Ramos Arquitetura Design, Apartamento Cobogo in São Paulo, Brazil is the result of a complete renovation. According to the project description we were e-mailed, all
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Massive Weekend Retreat Balancing Modernity and Coziness: Casa ALD
Collect this idea This weekend retreat designed and implemented by Juan Carlos Baumgartner of SPACE Architects is projected on a land of little over 1,000 square meters in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. Casa ALD consists of
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'Extinct' snail found alive on remote atoll in Indian Ocean
The Aldabra banded snail was believed to have been driven to extinction by climate change, but researchers have found a few stragglers precariously hanging on to existence. Climate change, widespread pollution and human
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Why big fridges are a bad idea 10 September 2014, 18.52 Living
Why big fridges are a bad idea
American-style refrigerators don't just waste energy, they can hurt your health and wallet too. Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 03:50 PM Your family and pets might disagree, but there are downsides to that huge fridge in your
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Lost ship from ill-fated Arctic quest discovered 10 September 2014, 18.52 Living
Lost ship from ill-fated Arctic quest discovered
MNN Originals Check out some of our favorite features - from interactive info graphics to videos, advice columns and more. Translating Uncle Sam Infographics Eco-glossary Ask Mother Nature Contests This Day in
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10 curious truths about Stonehenge 10 September 2014, 18.52 Living
10 curious truths about Stonehenge
The world's most famous ring of standing stones has been studied for centuries, yet we learn something new about it all the time. Humans have spent centuries studying Stonehenge, yet it still has a few tricks up its sleeve. New
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Stunning emerald green Arabian Sea may herald ecosystem disaster
The sea has a dead zone the size of Texas, and it's growing bigger every year because of sewage and fertilizer flowing into the waters. A Noctiluca bloom in the Arabian Sea, spotted by satellite. (Photo: Norman
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Toxic tornado twirls above Iceland volcano 10 September 2014, 18.52 Living
Toxic tornado twirls above Iceland volcano
The tornado over the Holuhraun lava flow was likely a spinning ribbon of sulfur dioxide gas. By: Becky Oskin, LiveScience Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 10:06 AM On Sept. 3, gas tornadoes (seen here in infrared) spewed from
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Interesting Home Extension in London Featuring Brick Walls and Sliding Glass Doors
Collect this idea Commissioned to provide a new kitchen and living room for a couple whose children had recently moved out, London studio Tigg Coll Architects implemented an original home extension. This addition connects
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Modern Home With Large Entertainment Areas and Ocean Views: Pearl Bay Residence
Collect this idea Gavin Maddock Design Studio completed the development of Pearl Bay Residence, an impressive retreat located 90kms north of Cape Town, South Africa and bordered by a nature reserve adjoining the ocean. A
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Colorful Scandinavian Apartment Infused With Rich and Inspiring Details
Collect this idea Looking for ways to add dynamics to your home? Have a look at this colorful Scandinavian apartment filled up with rich and tasteful decorating elements! Found by Freshome on Alvhem, this four room
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Sustainable House Design Paying Tribute to Modern Technology in Hong Kong
Collect this idea An existing 40-year old house in Sha Tin district, Hong Kong was recently given a complete make-over by the architects at Millimeter Interior Design Limited. Overall costs were lowered by building the
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Private Contemporary Home in Mexico Balancing Seclusion and Openness 
Collect this idea Imagine coming home at dusk to this marvelous contemporary home! With an illuminated facade composed of sleek design lines, this 7,168 square feet villa in Hermosillo, Mexico, is a private home holding
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Confined Argentinian Home Arranged Around a Small Courtyard Illuminating Modern Spaces
Collect this idea Within the confinement of a small plot, a modern home offering an open layout for enjoying both the inside and outdoors might seem close to impossible. But then again, architects have a way to
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Hillside Dream Home Embedding Dramatic Panoramas Into Casual Californian Lifestyle
Collect this idea Beautifully isolated to shape a luxurious environment, the Holmby Hills Residence rests on a 57,250 square feet site in Holmby Hills, Bel Air, Los Angeles, so you can see where it gets its name from. The
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Small Apartment in Stockholm Encapsulating A Glass-Walled Bedroom
Collect this idea This small apartment in Stockhom, Sweden impressed us with its original layout and stylish decorating scheme. Discovered by Freshome on Svensk Fastighets, the 34 square-meter crib displays comfortable
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10 Exterior Design Lessons That Everyone Should Know
Collect this idea There are some basic exterior design lessons that everyone should know about. Image Source: Cardello Architects While we all want a spectacular home that stands out amongst the rest; we also want a home
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Seattle’s First Certified Passive House: Modern Family Home Marrying Luxury and Sustainability
Collect this idea What you are about to visualize is the architecture and interior design of one of Washington State’s most energy efficient homes. Occupying 252 square meters in Seattle’s Madison Park neighborhood,
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Young coral won't move into smelly ocean neighborhoods
Deciding where to live is important for the continuation of marine species, and coral and fish have evolved so that they can identify polluted areas. Corals thrive in the marine protected area of Votua Village in Fiji, a
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The surprising reason hummingbirds love sweet stuff
Scientists want to know why hummingbirds have kept their sweet receptors when the rest of their winged cousins have lost them. Hummingbirds are constantly wavering between a sugar rush and starvation, and to find stability,
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How to see the Milky Way in the summer night sky
You'll need a clear and moonless sky away from the lights of nearby cities to catch even a glimpse of our home galaxy. The Milky Way shines over the Bumpass Hell parking area in Lassen Volcanic National Park on Aug. 2 in
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Is heat trapped in the ocean responsible for the global warming 'pause'?
A new study puts a lot of the focus on the Atlantic Ocean, but some scientists remain convinced that the Pacific has played a larger role. Where, oh where, is the planet's missing heat? In 1999, the feverish rise in Earth's
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Could virtual reality convert skeptics into environmentalists?
A new breed of virtual reality games promises to not just teach about the environment, but change people's behaviors too. Photo: Igor ZH/Shutterstock The New Forest National Park in England recently opened a Tech Creche, a
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No one, not even animals, can copyright animal selfies
The U.S. Copyright Office recently ruled that photos taken by animals belong in the public domain, but photographer David Slater argues there's more to his 'monkey selfie' than meets the eye. In 2011, British photographer David
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Why Italian Household Goods Are The Best Choice
Collect this idea This luxurious bedroom features a lot of Italian stylings and furnishings. Image Source: Exclusive Home Bath Amazing craftsmanship does not happen overnight. Rather, it evolves throughout decades. Skills
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Minimalist “Catch the Views House” Frames Nature’s Perfection with Charming Design Lines
Collect this idea When your home is known as the “Catch The Views House “, the sheer joy of living each day overlooking unique panoramic landscapes can be enough to motivate you in the morning. And when your home is
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Intriguing LASSO Lamp Showcasing A Powerful Minimalist Design
Collect this idea Designed by Quentin de Coster Design Studio for French company Cinna, LASSO lamp pays tribute to minimalism and functionality. As its name suggests, this unconventional lighting unit resembles a lasso, but
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Modern Residence With a Luminous Character in Singapore: 65BTP-House
Collect this idea ONG&ONG Pte Ltd. completed the design and development of 65BTP-House, a private residence with a luminous contemporary character in Singapore. The project is surrounded by a vast garden that converges
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Engaging DNA Bench By True Design Adding Appeal To Public Spaces
Collect this idea Inspired by the DNA molecule, Leonardo Rossano of True Design together with Debora Mansur developed an engaging furniture piece. The twisting DNA Bench is meant for public spaces, bringing a highly
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Chances of eruption increasing at Iceland volcano
An eruption at the remote Bardarbunga volcano doesn't immediately pose a risk to any Iceland communities but it could threaten European air travel routes. Bardarbunga and Hamarinn lie under the westernmost part of Vatnajökull.
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SpaceX video shows reusable rocket returning to Earth
The video will give SpaceX engineers useful data that could be applied to future tests and rockets. The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket in July. The rocket managed a smooth splashdown. (Photo: SpaceX/Wikimedia Commons) An
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Toothless pterosaurs once dominated the world's skies
Scientists aren't sure what happened during the Cretaceous period that resulted in a shift away from toothed pterosaurs. An artist's illustration of the Azhdarchid pterosaur species Quetzalcoatlus northropi. (Image: Mark Witton
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Weirdest worm ever? Clawed creature adds new branches to family trees
The Hallucigenia sparsa's spines links it to velvet worms, but it disrupts the evolutionary connections among worms and other arthropods. The fossil of the bizarre-looking worm Hallucigenia sparsa that lived some 505 million
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Richard III ate and drank like the king that he was
Ribs and teeth can provide insight into the types of food, wine and even pollution that people were exposed to during their lives. Richard III ruled England for just two years and two months before he was killed in battle in
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Watch a cosmonaut toss tiny satellite from International Space Station
In addition to deploying the Peruvian nanosatellite, the two Russian spacewalkers collected and installed science experiments. The small Peruvian Chasqui-1 nanosatellite (the green and black box toward the lower right) is seen
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White Loft Apartment With Lovely Views Near Stockholm’s Hammarby Lake
Collect this idea Lumafabriken is an old lamp and light bulb factory from the 1920 that was completely redesigned in 2010 by Oscar Properties into an  apartment building near Stockholm’s Hammarby Lake. This loft
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Inspiring Kitchen Makeover Adapted To A Family Of Six in Virginia, USA
Collect this idea A family of six relocated from California to Virginia and purchased a large home, but knew the kitchen area needed a total transformation. The homeowners had an aggressive timeframe and chose to work with
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Remarkable Home Overlooking a Golf Course in Arizona Where Life Unravels Differently
Collect this idea Traditional is one way to describe this home, fabulous is another. Overlooking golf course views across the fabulous property all the way to the horizon line beyond, the elegant mansion was imagined by
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Experience Raw Nature While In Your Comfort Zone: Casa Quebrada in Chile
Collect this idea Casa Quebrada in Curacaví, Santiago de Chile was envisioned and implemented by UNarquitectura and showcases a high level of originality. Located on the creek, elevated by pillars, the uncommon retreat is
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 Asymmetric House in Canada Flaunts Surprising Design Solutions for Modern Living
Collect this idea Beautifully integrated into the neighborhood while still managing to turn heads, this contemporary asymmetric house seems guarded by two trees at the entrance. Cladded in cedar, the home showcasing a
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Bold Intervention on a Provoking Steep Site: Waiatarua House in New Zealand
Collect this idea Waiatarua House in Auckland, New Zealand was developed by Hamish Monk Architecture on a provoking steep site. One of the design challenges was to insert a bold intervention into a sensitive bush reserve
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Distinguished Pair of Homes with Contemporary Appeal Collecting UK Coastline Panoramas
Collect this idea What you are about to see in detail is an outstanding pair of homes in the city of Poole, England, United Kingdom. We’ve seen a fair share of modern English homes shining and this duo makes its clear
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The Terminators of the high seas: Lionfish's ruthless killing alarms scientists
The lionfish has proven a successful invasive species due to its venomous spikes, high rate of reproduction, and their willingness to eat everything in their path. In some places in the Atlantic Ocean, lionfish may be wiping
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NASA probe may've picked up interstellar dust bunnies
The biggest of the particles weighed only a trillionths of a gram, and it would take a trillion of them to fill an entire teaspoon. This false color image shows a diffraction pattern from the first interstellar dust candidate
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What is a red tide? 15 August 2014, 18.25 Living
What is a red tide?
Harmful algal blooms pop up nearly every summer along the nation's coasts, often turning the water an eerie red and creating problems for marine life and humans alike. We have a lot of reasons to thank algae. Running the gamut
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Whee! Whales and dolphins squeal with delight 15 August 2014, 18.25 Living
Whee! Whales and dolphins squeal with delight
Like some other animals, the aquatic creatures experience a dopamine surge to the brain after completing a task. Researchers originally thought the squealing sound was related to informing other animals that food was nearby.
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Explore the neon world of nudibranchs (Photos) 15 August 2014, 18.25 Living
Explore the neon world of nudibranchs (Photos)
If you think hummingbirds and butterflies are beautiful, then prepare to be amazed at this underwater fashion show. There are tiny jewels decorating the ocean in every part of the world. The jewels are nudibranchs, gastropod
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Flock of ancient 'butterfly-headed' pterosaurs discovered in bone bed
Based on the sediment around the bones, the winged dinosaurs thrived in an area was once a vast desert with a central oasis nestled between the sand dunes. A new species of flying reptile from the Cretaceous Era, Caiuajara
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China uses drones to police its biggest polluters
China's pollution has sparked untold numbers of innovative--and sometimes far-fetched--plans to improve air quality from smog-sucking vacuums and air-cleaning bikes to the development of a thorium nuclear reactor and more
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How to track movement without a wearable device
From smart watches and sensor-laden shirts to electronic tattoos and rings synced to smartphones, wearable technology feels ubiquitous these days. What if instead of wearable sensors that track movement and monitor your health,
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Modern Private Residence Defined by Light, Tranquility and Reflection
Collect this idea A modern private residence stands out among neighbors with enticing design lines that hint towards an upgraded comfort and relaxation level. Occupying an urban plot in Winchester, England, this new family
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Raw and Sophisticated Design for Tough Mudder’s Brooklyn Headquarters
Collect this idea Working in a modern office should induce an understanding of the brand through the surrounding design. Clients who step inside the offices should be able to describe what you do and how you do it just by
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Why Interior Design Is Essential When Listing Your Home
Collect this idea Interior design is essential when listing your home. Image Via: Margaret Donaldson Interiors The decision to list your home for resale is a big one. No doubt it came about after much thought, weighing pros
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Delightful Modern Cottage Inducing a Warm Family Atmosphere in California
Collect this idea This charming modern cottage in Healdsburg, California, shelters an inspiring collection of open spaces perfectly suited for urban living. Known as Alley One Residence, the modern home was imagined by
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Majestic Residence in South Africa Pours the Exotic Landscape Inside 
Collect this idea Eye-catching both during the night and the day, the Aloe Ridge House rises above the ground with its volumetric architecture in an attempt to dethrone the landscape. Inspirational design lines shape a
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How to Sell Your Home Quickly In a Crowded Market
Collect this idea Beautiful mediterranean white house with water view. Image Source: Vanguard Studio Next to death and divorce, selling your home is one of the most stressful times in your life. Some of us get lucky—we
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Easy-To-Use Online Calculator Helps You Decide Whether to Rent or Buy
Collect this idea Has it ever been fun to stand face to face with your future? When you find yourself in the position of deciding whether to rent or buy a home, you must take into account a wide array of elements and
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Provocative Modern Architecture Approach for Bathroom Showroom in India
Collect this idea Mumbai-based architecture practice NU.DE came up with a provocative modern concept for bathroom showroom ABC Emporio in Kannur, India. Playing with perceptions, the team envisioned a sculptural geometric
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Swedish Apartment Revealing One Cozy Corner After Another
Collect this idea Living in the center of Gothemburg, Sweden has its many perks and Scandinavian interior design is definitely one of them. Just have a look at this tastefully decorated three-room Swedish apartment in
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Meet the desert rain frog, world's cutest amphibian
Yes, adorableness is in the eye of the beholder, but this super-squeaker takes the cake. Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 02:43 PM Mother Nature shows a quirky sense of humor with the desert rain frog. (Photo: Dean
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Disco clams! The secret behind the mollusk's flashy light show finally revealed
Unlike fireflies and plankton, this dazzling display is not due to bioluminescence. Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 11:51 AM The wondrous disco clam's rhythmic flicker lights up the seafloor. (Photo: Lindsey Dougherty/UC
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Nearby 'super-Earth' may be capable of supporting life
The system around the star Gliese 832 seems to resemble our own, from the Earth-like planet to a gas giant similar to Jupiter. Potentially habitable super-Earth Gliese 832 c appears in an artist's conception against a
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How to spot a scorpion in the night sky 27 June 2014, 16.43 Living
How to spot a scorpion in the night sky
Not only is the constellation Scorpius a treat to behold, but it also contains some finest deep-sky objects you can see. Image: Starry Night Software Scorpius is one of the prettiest constellations in the sky, and one of the
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1 in 10 beaches in the U.S. not fit for swimming
Beaches in the Great Lakes region had the highest rate of pollution, with beaches along the Gulf Coast not far behind. The NRDC looked for contaminants like E. coli when determining the cleanliness of the country's beaches.
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Why clearing forests for farming may not solve 'hidden hunger'
In 21 African countries, children who lived near forests had more varied diets, a study by the Center for International Forestry Research finds. People in the villages surrounding Ndélélé in Cameroon cannot afford many of
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Iconic Lamp Design by Alessandro Zambelli: Woodspot
Collect this idea Alessandro Zambelli has conceived Woodspot, an iconic lamp design assembled and varnished entirely by hand for Mantua-based furnisher Seletti. Joined to the molded support are a base and a light diffuser,
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If America is the most codependent culture on the planet, what is the turn-around?

BY DAVID RICKEY — Marriages, mortgages, and just-missed connections. In the annals of clinical psychology, the term “Co-Dependence” describes a relationship between 2 people where the well-being of one is perceived as dependent on the well-being of the other.

In other words: “I can’t be happy unless you are happy.” The subconscious subtext: “Your happiness ought to be secondary to my happiness.”

America’s narrative about itself reflects individualism, autonomy — and what Mel Gibson in the movie, Braveheart — and Ronald Reagan in office called, “freedom.”

The young Americans who occupy the Occupy movement say that they are neither politically nor economically free. And psychologists and spiritual teachers say that we are even less so, spiritually-speaking.

In fact, we are among the most codependent people on earth  both collectively and individually.

We can’t live without our music, movies, mobile devices, lovers, addictions  . . .

And as a group, we sure as hell can’t live like this without China  that is, the cheap goods in Walmart and Walgreens, or the daily $2 billion in cash that Chinese entrepreneurs and officials transfer here each day to finance our debts.

Are we individualists, or simply self-interested?

“Individualism” is actually self-gratification: “My happiness is all that matters, and others exist merely to insure and support my well-being.”

Look at individuals like Lehman’s Dick Fuld and AIG’s perfect tiny prick and “W” fundraiser, Hank Greenburg. People who propelled the 2008 financial crisis were primarily focused on their own profit in complete disregard of the effect of their intent on others — or what Greg Mankiw, Harvard professor and W’s ex-economic guru dubbed, an externality.

Micro-finance pioneer, on the other hand, Mohammad Yunus created a model called ”social business” that commits itself to positive externalities. Yunus argues that successful enterprises aren’t driven by generating a profit but by generating a social good or an improvement in psychic well-being. His modest proposal: end poverty globally.

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Decoding Codependency

The spiritual analog is that we are not really discreet, separate individuals. We are an organism that participate in a common fabric of being that we call consciousness.

The evolution of Consciousness has created human beings who are capable of self-reflection. This has given rise to an illusion of separateness, when its purpose was to evolve the ability to choose beyond instinctual responses. We now have the task of consciously recognizing our co-dependence on each other and on our environment so that we can make wiser choices that benefit the whole organism.

Michael Douglas says Gordon Gekko was wrong: Greed is not Good

The Karmic feedback we are now experiencing is “merely” the teaching we need to recognize the deeper truth of our co-dependence.

It is now painfully clear that no one’s actions are independent of others. Greed, Hoarding, exploitation of the surroundings, including other people, are instinctual needs, governed by “The survival of the fittest”.

When anyone seeks to meet only their own instinctual needs the consequence is that others invariably suffer. However the lesson we are being forced to learn is this: “My more spiritual needs can only be met when I focus my concern on the needs of others.”

David Rickey is an Episcopal priest and psychotherapist. His columns share real-life advice about relationships, personal purpose, and a deep-reading of prophets and contemporary seers. Follow David on Twitter.

 * Editor’s note:  We owe attribution to former U.S. president Richard Nixon (January, 1969 -- August, 1974) for the phrase in the headline. In 1971 he confessed, “I am now a Keynesian,” after his administration abandoned the gold standard. Variations of Nixon’s quote are cited today by conservatives like 2012 presidential candidate Ron Paul as an example of how Republicans have compromised economic policy and principles.

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