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Sunday Snippet: Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

September 14th, 2014

“Have you learned lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned the great lessons of those who rejected you, and braced themselves against you? or who treated you with contempt, or disputed the passage with you?” In the Canadian public school system, […]

Sunday Snippet: Nishan Panwar

September 7th, 2014

“The world is full of nice people. If you can’t find one, be one.” It’s a philosophical and religious question that has plagued thinkers for centuries. Are people inherently good and life experience slowly corrupts them? Or are people born evil and they have to fight this natural inclination in order to be good? Regardless […]

The Risk of Always Putting Your Best Self Forward

September 4th, 2014

You’re about to go on an important job interview. Or maybe you’re about to go on a first date. Or maybe you’re in a social setting where you’ll be surrounded by new people. Whatever the case, what is the most common piece of advice that many of us receive for these kinds of situations? You’re […]

Sunday Snippet: Chester Bennington (Linkin Park)

August 31st, 2014

“I learned to believe in myself. If you don’t believe in yourself, who can you expect to believe in you?” Ever since the first time I heard Chester Bennington screaming about being one step closer to the edge, I was hooked on Linkin Park. Their electric energy is positively contagious and one of the best […]

On YOLO, FOMO, JOMO and Life Choices

August 29th, 2014

Blame it on the texting generation. Blame it on Twitter’s 140 character limit. Popular culture today is heavily populated by all sorts of acronyms. From FML to FTW, these terms are oftentimes utilized in the form of hashtags to encapsulate a person’s current frame of mind. We could brush these off as fleeting moments of […]

Sunday Snippet: Aubrey Plaza

August 24th, 2014

“I’m not very smart to begin with, so I can’t overthink anything. If I’m thinking about something, that’s a big deal for me.” I know I have the habit of being particularly philosophical or pensive in nature. I think a lot. At least, I think I think too much and that’s partly why I selected […]

On the Pursuit of Enlightenment

August 21st, 2014

We all want to feel like our actions have a purpose. I go to the grocery store with a shopping list in tow. If I exit the grocery store with every item ticked off the list, I can feel a certain sense of accomplishment, however small it may be. You might go to university with […]

Sunday Snippet: Robin Williams (1951 – 2014)

August 17th, 2014

“Please, don’t worry so much. Because in the end, none of us have very long on this Earth. Life is fleeting. And if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky when the stars are strung across the velvety night. And when a shooting star streaks through the blackness, turning night into day… […]