Should we die?

A thought-provoking article about whether death may not be inevitable anymore.

“Should we die?” (from the Atlantic)

This video is funny in parts and eye-rolling in parts. (Unable to embed; click on the screenshot below and the video should open in a new window. If not, you can find it in the article.)

should-we-die

A couple of reactions:

Do you really need a computer to tell you you’ve reached 66% serenity while meditating?

“Will aging dictators be able to stay in power forever?” (a cold chill down my spine)

Writing prompts:

Does having a “death deadline” encourage you to live your life to the fullest?

What aspects of IoT (the Internet of Things) do you think are beneficial to society?

Bibliotherapy

books-that-heal-kids

I ran across a blog called Books That Heal Kids, was intrigued by the title and think that even though most of my students are not “kids” anymore, you can still learn a lot from — and be healed by — books meant for kids. And if those books are written in English, that’s ‘two birds with one stone’.

The blog is a collection of book reviews and recommendations by an elementary school counselor, who focuses on “bibliotherapy” — using the power of books to heal.

A video introducing a book in the “Making Mistakes” section:

Found this on Reddit. It’s called “The Joy of Reading”:

Making a “perfect” country

my-perfect-country

“My Perfect Country” is a radio program by the BBC (13 episodes as of today, and there will be a total of 14) which imagines how we could build a perfect country, based on the best policies of countries around the world. We could use Japan’s gun control policies, Costa Ricas’ green energy techniques, Peru’s methods of reducing poverty, and more.

The episodes are 27 minutes in length, but there are also shorter clips:

clips

Another idea to add to the list:

“Iceland knows how to stop teenage substance but the rest of the world isn’t listening” (from Mosaic)

Can you think of others?

Although I don’t think perfection is possible in most things in life, a willingness to try to change things for the better is a more beneficial way to spend our time than complaining.

Routines

We’re already two and a half weeks into the new year, but it’s not too late to make another good resolution. Here’s a list of things that Guardian readers have done that have changed their lives for the better:

“From date night to cold showers: 20 habits that changed readers’ lives”

cycling to work

cycling to work

Some are rather predictable (yoga, meditation, drinking more water), and some may not have occurred to you as being useful changes in your life (stop shouting). Some may be easy to start — if not to continue (baking bread) and some may be hard (no more coffee) or impossible (cycling to work, which would probably take me about 3 hours).

My favorite on the list is doing something new every day. It reminds me of a book I’m reading now, called The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Harold leaves his house one day and starts walking the length of England. While he’s gone, his wife decides to do one thing each day that she’s never done, like putting air in the tires of their car or organizing their closet in a new way.

What changes are you making this year? Have you succeeded in your new year’s resolution so far?