Three Ways Instant Gratification is Ruining Your Life

Here’s an easy test of whether instant gratification runs your life: would you give yourself an electric shock to avoid being bored? If you’re anything like half of the subjects in 11 studies (the paper, and BBC’s summary) about sitting alone in a room with just your thoughts, the answer is yes.

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Was My Shirt Made in a Sweatshop?

Applying Catholic Social Teaching to Real Life

Smoke alarms start sounding at 7pm, November 24th, 2012 at the Tarzeen garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Floor managers tell workers the alarms are malfunctioning and they should keep working. Once they smell the smoke, they know otherwise, heading to the doors, which they find locked from the outside. Some jump out the windows, others don’t make it: 111 die in the fire. Analysis of the debris finds the Tarzeen factory making clothes for American clothing companies.

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Can I Trust my own Perceptions? Two Signs you’ve been Gaslighted

Jack Mannington wanted to convince his wife Bella that she was insane. Whenever the gas lights in their apartment would dim, she’d point that out, and he would insist she was imagining it and nothing happened. Soon she began doubting what she was seeing, and he almost convinced her until she met a police detective who accurately called out what’s happening. Fortunately, this story never happened: it’s the plot of a 1938 play called Gas Light. Unfortunately, the story does happen in real life on a far-too-regular basis. I suspect everyone reading this has been gaslighted at some point in their lives, some far more than others.

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One “Small” Bad Habit that can be Worse than Theft

Imagine a thief. This thief doesn’t steal out of personal need or poverty, nor out of a desire to improve her skills as a thief, impress others, or show off her ability to steal. She steals just because she can, not thinking about how it’ll impact or hurt others. She gives no thought to those things, when even a miniscule amount of thought would show the negative impacts. She embezzles money even though it’ll wreck the company and the lives of its workers, even though she doesn’t need the money. It’s not malicious, but it’s negligent in thinking things through. Let’s call her the Negligent Thief.

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