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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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Sculptural Rotating Lounge Chair Bringing Unique Contemplation Moments
Collect this idea Imagine yourself in your favorite outdoor setting – what would you be resting on? Try the impressive Etazin Lounge Chair as a contemporary alternative that embodies function, aesthetics and high-quality
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10 Pool Maintenance Tips That You Need To Try Right Now
Collect this idea Image Via: Bravo Interior Design  The idea of having a pool in your own backyard will always be incredibly glamourous. It’s easy to give into daydreams of hosting weekend parties, adopting an
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Stylish Penthouse Overlooking Limmat Valley in Zurich
Collect this idea Design-Duo Dyer-Smith Frey envisioned a stylish penthouse located on the top floor of Hard Turm Park in the upcoming West of Zurich. This exquisite maisonette-loft (having a total surface of 120 square
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Residential Interior Showroom Evoking an Urban Feel: life.style.galleria
Collect this idea Stanley Tham and his team at KNQ Associates + Vievva Designers reveals life.style.galleria in Singapore, a residential interior showroom with a twist. Be it the tunes one streams on a music system, the art
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National Park Service bans drones (for now) 21 June 2014, 18.59 Living
National Park Service bans drones (for now)
Visitors to the 59 U.S. national parks can hike, camp and even fish. Flying drones, however, is officially on the no-no list--at least for now. The U.S. National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis signed a policy memorandum
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New York deal agreed on medical marijuana 21 June 2014, 18.59 Living
New York deal agreed on medical marijuana
New York is set to become the next state to legalize marijuana use for medical purposes after U.S. officials reached a deal with pro-marijuana legislators. On Thursday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislators reached an agreement
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NASA's new spacesuits are made for Mars explorers
The Z-series suits are designed to be more flexible, with a wider variety of uses than the current Extravehicular Mobility Unit suits. NASA's 'Technology' Z-2 spacesuit design is depicted here on a rocky terrain. (Image:
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NASA offers whiff of what the air smells like on Saturn's moon Titan
Ever wonder what it would be like to breath in the air from another world? NASA has managed to recreate the scent of Titan. Surface pictures of faraway worlds, such as those from Mars and the Moon, only go so far toward
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Spiders dine on fish everywhere except Antarctica
A nursery web spider will wait along a water source for a fish to brush up against its legs, and then plunge into the water to inject a toxin into the fish. An adult male of the Ancylometes genus catches a tiny ray-finned fish
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Summer is coming: Saturday is the summer solstice
The solstice won't be the warmest day of the year, however, as it takes Earth a little while to warm up. The Earth will reach one of its four major way stations Saturday, June 21, during its annual trip around the sun. The sun
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Universe's rate of expansion measured with unprecedented precision
Scientists have announced a new measurement of the expanding universe at a rate to 42 miles per second per 1 million light-years. An artist's view of how quasars and BOAs work together to measure the expansion of the universe.
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Newfound dinosaur sported 'wings' on its head
Researchers theorize that the over-sized 'wings' may have been a way for the males to attract mates. This artist reconstruction reveals the horned dinosaur Mercuriceratops Gemini, a new species of horned dinosaur that sported
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Harley-Davidson unveils its first electric motorcycle
In 1903 William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson made their first motorcycle available to public. Now, more than one hundred years later, Harley-Davidson is coming out with another first for the company, an electric motorcycle
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This new business-class only airline is cheaper than you'd think
Airlines have spent big money recently to improve seating in their premium cabins (while coach seats get smaller) because spending on premium cabins is a "disproportionate contribution" of airline revenue. A new airline
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FCC investigates Netflix speed throttling 15 June 2014, 20.24 Living
FCC investigates Netflix speed throttling
US regulators are reviewing agreements between content and Internet service providers to discover whether slow video download speeds are being enforced deliberately. The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has received
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Starbucks pledges payment of college fees for US staff
Starbucks has signed an agreement with Arizona State University to offer its workers the chance to earn online qualifications for discounted rates. The partnership will give 135,000 Starbucks employees across the United States
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Can the world's most polluting country become an ecotourism pioneer?
Try to picture an eco-paradise. As the world's biggest polluter, China probably isn't the first destination that springs to mind. And yet in recent years this famously gray, smog-cloaked country has become a laboratory for
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The global cost of cyber crime 11 June 2014, 21.46 Living
The global cost of cyber crime
Cyber crime is a growth industry that's stripping the global economy of billions of dollars each year. The total losses have been subject of debate, but a study released this week says cyber crime could cost the global economy
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Will you book your next hotel room with Bitcoin? Expedia thinks so.
Expedia, the online travel site, becomes the latest big name to announce it's accepting Bitcoin, the digital currency, as a form of payment. Expedia will use Coinbase, a third party Bitcoin payment processor, to process the
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Why Google bought Skybox, a satellite imaging startup
Google announced on Tuesday that it is buying satellite imaging startup Skybox, and its cheap satellite with near real-time images, for $500 million in cash. Goodbye Google Maps lag The most obvious benefit to Google is that
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Warren Buffett ready to double down on clean energy
Warren Buffett is ready to put another $15 billion in renewable energy, double the amount the billionaire's company Berkshire Hathaway has already invested. Buffett made the comment during the Edison Electric Institute's annual
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Honeywell launches smart thermostat competitor to Nest
Honeywell announced today that it launched Lyric, a Wi-Fi enabled thermostat. It is the first product in a forthcoming line of connected home products for the company. The Lyric thermostat connects to your smartphone, allowing
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U.S. allows first legal commercial drone flight
With numerous industries patiently awaiting the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration draft rules on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), the FAA just gave out its first commercial drone permits to two companies. BP and UAS
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Innovative Apartment Design: One Gesture, Touch or Word to Change Function 
Collect this idea How do you imagine the apartment of the future? Compact and functional? Elegant and spacious? Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab’s Changing Places team has one realistic vision on future
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Original Modern Personality Displayed by Casa ST56 in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Collect this idea Located in a neighborhood in the South Zone, a province in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Casa ST56 by Epstein Arquitectos is the embodiment of its owners’ contemporary living dream. Two visually distinct
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Add The Ocean-Inspired Iniala Beach House To Your Bucket List
Collect this idea If you’re in the market for a new exotic beach locale to fall in love with, look no further than the Thailand’s Iniala Beach House. Located in Phuket, a city famous for its spectacular beaches and
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Middle Harbour House in Sydney Showcasing a Dramatic Layered Character
Collect this idea Building Middle Harbour House overlooking Sydney Harbour was considered a privilege not to be undertaken lightly by the creative minds at Richard Cole Architecture. According to their statement, this modern
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Impressive Family Dwelling by the Sea in Castellón, Spain
Collect this idea Situated opposite to a golf course in Castellón, Spain, this single family dwelling boasts great views and surprisingly, a high level of privacy. Valencia-based Sanahuja and Partners (unfortunately, the
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University’s Jesuit Community Center Overhauls Ecological Architecture
Collect this idea  The Jesuit faith is based on a passionate commitment to simplicity, spirituality and intellectualism. With those principles in mind, the architects at Gray Organschi Architecture took extra care when
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Mallorca Villa Boasts Views You’ll have to See To Believe
Collect this idea  On it’s own, the idea of a villa in the Mediterranean sounds opulent. But, when you consider Port Andratx, which is a premier tourist destination in Mallorca, Spain, things get even better. Mallorca
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How To Design a Bedroom that Grows with Your Child
Collect this idea Image source: Leire Sol García Asch Kids are notorious for changing their personal tastes from minute to minute. And, that’s okay – it’s all part of the fun of growing up.However, when it comes
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You Won’t Believe How Cool Corona Kitchen’s 3D Ad Looks
Collect this idea Creating a successful newspaper ad is no easy task. Since the majority of the print is in stark black and white, all of the content seems to blend together. It takes an extremely creative approach to get one
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Pizza and a Disco Ball? You Need to Check Out Disco Volante Right Now
Collect this idea Pizzerias tend to be notoriously low-key. From the menu to the décor, customers don’t have to do much guesswork about what they should expect. During the day, Vienna pizzeria Disco Volante fits that bill
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Researchers discover rocks made of plastic 08 June 2014, 22.39 Living
Researchers discover rocks made of plastic
The geological evidence of mankind is mounting: Ice cores are exhibiting increasing methane and carbon dioxide levels, and soil profiles from peat bogs are indicating higher lead concentrations. In the distant future, they'll
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How Bitcoin could disrupt money transfers to Africa
Bitcoin exchanges are already helping business turn customers' bitcoins into dollars, instantly. But they might have an even bigger impact in a place like Kenya. At least that's the hope of a forthcoming bitcoin exchange known
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University is building a fake city to test driverless cars
The University of Michigan announced that it's building a 32 acre simulated city center to test real-world driving conditions that automated cars will face in urban environments. The first car to use the facility for testing
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Is the universe really still experiencing ripples from the Big Bang?
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Lunar rocks support giant impact theory of moon's formation
A collision between Earth and another planetary body would explain why the moon lacks substances that evaporate fairly easily, such as water: these materials escaped in the heat following the collision. The Earth's moon is
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8 adorable otter videos will make you smile 08 June 2014, 22.38 Living
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Having a bad day? Not anymore! These otterly cute videos will have you laughing. Fri, Jun 06, 2014 at 10:10 AM There is nothing like the adorable antics of otters to cheer you up if you're having a tough day -- or
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What would happen if Sunday's big 'Beast' asteroid hit Earth?
Wherever the asteroid made impact would result in a carter about three miles across, with windows shattering over 60 miles away. Image: Andrea Danti/Shutterstock Humanity should be thankful "The Beast" doesn't have Earth in
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South American Flavors Shaping Modern Restaurant Design in Copenhagen
Collect this idea A new Copenhagen restaurant recently opened its doors, welcoming international guests in a vivid space inspired by warm-blooded Latin culture and Scandinavian heritage. The
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Diamond-Shaped Suspended Pole House Delivers Dramatic Experiences 
Collect this idea Once in a while, a project so spectacular comes along that it inspires millions. After seeing the awe-inspiring rooftop infinity pool floating over unspoiled Greek scenery, we indulge in admiring
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Unique Rooftop Infinity Pool Floating Above Unspoiled Greek Island Scenery 
Collect this idea Floating above a treasured entrance, a unique  rooftop infinity pool embellishes beautiful Tinos Island in Greece’s Cyclades archipelago. The largest of its kind, Tinos Island has recently become a
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12 Delightful Rustic Summer Kitchens Provoking Your Senses
Collect this idea Dear Freshome readers, what are your thoughts on rustic summer kitchens? Mirza Horatiu Bogdan from egratare.ro designs and develops charming cooking areas meant for temporary use during warm summer months. We
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10 Easy Ways to Add a Mid-Century Modern Style to Your Home
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NASA needs a new strategy to send astronauts to Mars, says new report
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Hubble Telescope snaps colorful view of universe's evolution
With the ultraviolet observations in the image, scientists can study star formation as they were growing in their most productive years and gain a better sense of stars' lifespans. This image by the Hubble Space Telescope is
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Want a safer insecticide? Try Truvia 05 June 2014, 15.48 Living
Want a safer insecticide? Try Truvia
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Extinct bat rediscovered after 120 years without a sighting
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This 20-year-old bird has flown 'to the moon and back'
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Tiny frogs use concrete storm drains as megaphones
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If we are all co-dependents now, what is America’s 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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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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