When Morals Collide

Monday night is chore night at the Biesel household, and that usually means a rush hour trip to the grocery store to pick up the week’s supply of ingredients. It often happens, as I’m waiting in line at the checkout, that the person behind me is purchasing a smaller load of groceries than I am. … More When Morals Collide

Sigmoid perception

Sometimes my mental vocabulary isn’t very rich for extreme situations. Rather than thinking of temperature like this: I have different mental “buckets” for various temperature ranges, depending on what I would need to feel comfortable: Notice how the intervals between different experiences get wider the farther you get from the middle, all the way to … More Sigmoid perception

Curating contentment

I remember hearing somewhere about a guy who resolved never to buy a bottle of wine costing more than $10—not because the more expensive wine didn’t taste better, but because he didn’t want his own taste to develop to the point that he had to buy expensive wine if he wanted to enjoy it at all. Clara … More Curating contentment

Don’t hold back

I often get frustrated by things I feel like I should be able to do, but don’t. For example, I should be able to get myself out of bed in the morning without agonizing over whether to reset the alarm for later. Every night I think to myself, “Tomorrow I will just stand up and … More Don’t hold back