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The Just World Fallacy: When Bad Things Happen to Good People

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The “just world fallacy” is the belief that a person always gets what they deserve in life.

If a person behaves as a good and moral person, then only good things will happen to them. And if a person behaves as a bad and immoral person, then only bad things will happen to them.

Commonly, the belief in the “just world fallacy” is often paired together with the belief in a God or divine order in the universe. For example, often you’ll see people justify a natural disaster destroying a town or city as God’s way of punishing them for wrong-doing.

Or when people find something going wrong in their own personal life, they will look to the sky and think, “What did I do to deserve this?” But the truth is that sometimes bad things happen to good people, for no good reason.

People don’t always get what they deserve, and this is a part of reality that we need to learn to accept.

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Create Your Own Personal Philosophy

The importance of creating your own personal philosophy, and not just identifying yourself with one school of thought.

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How to Apply a Scientific Mindset to Your Everyday Life

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The scientific mindset is a great way to better understand the world and how to adapt to it. This mindset is not only useful in colleges and laboratories, but I believe we can also apply it to our everyday lives.

By learning to be a more scientific thinker, we always respect the facts, question our beliefs, practice our knowledge in the real world, and never stop learning new things.

This mindset can significantly benefit our lives by teaching us how to adapt effectively to new information in our world, and never just take our preconceived knowledge and beliefs for granted.

I believe that anyone can benefit from adopting a more “scientific mindset,” even if they are not a scientist or researcher. Here are the main principles behind becoming a more scientific thinker in your everyday life.

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Enlightened Self-Interest: When Your Values Overlap with Other People’s Values

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Enlightened self-interest is the idea that often times doing what is good for yourself is also doing what is good for others, and vice versa.

This means your interests and values overlap with the interests and values of other people. And ultimately, when you work to achieve your own values (and what really matters to you), you are also creating value for society as a whole.

In my article about false choices, one of the main ones I bring up is the false choice between “self-interest” and “altruism.”

The common belief is that to live a good and moral life you have two choices: 1) Be completely “selfless” and do nothing but serve others, or 2) Be completely “selfish” and just do what you want because other people have to take care of themselves.

However, the most important insight is to see how serving yourself and serving others is often the same thing. This is what enlightened self-interest is all about.

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Beginner’s Mind: Looking at Old Problems With New Eyes

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Beginner’s mind is defined as “an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as beginner in the subject would.”

This is a very healthy and beneficial attitude to have at times. Often when we become really knowledgeable about an area in life, we become blinded in our ability to look at the subject from a new and different perspective.

The perfect example of beginner’s mind is watching a child freely play and explore their environment. A child is often experiencing many things for the very first time – with that comes a sense of openness and wonder that defines beginner’s mind.

To take this beginner’s mind into our adult life, we often need to learn how to let go of our preconceived views of the world that we have been taught over all these years.

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