Subway commute: being alone together

Subway commute: being alone together

The morning subway commute sure is an interesting way to start the day. All of the people. The sauna. Everyone panicked: Will we get there in time? Others half asleep. So many with their headphones on. What are they listening to? Does it make it better? If so, with what magic?

To be alone in a sea of people. Jonathan Franzen wrote a book, How to Be Alone. Susan Cain is growing a media enterprise all about helping introverts cope (and thrive). For Nietzche, hell is other people. For Ginsberg, "I write poetry because I suffer confusion not knowing what other people think."

Do we need to know? Why does it eat away at us when we don't?

We hope that by understanding other people we will understand ourselves. We are the great unknown.

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Starting a new job at age 40 for the first time since I was 30

I started a new job this week. It's the first time I've started a new job in a decade. A DECADE. Think about how much you change from age 0 to age 10, from age 10 to age 20... Well, I started my last job the year I turned 30, and this is the year I turned 40, and here I am.

Are all 10-year intervals created equal? Is 30-to-40 the same distance as the distance between 5 and 15? 60 and 70?

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