What a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt and police trainer has to say about the state of law enforcement.

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On Sunday, April 11, 2021, yet another fatal police shooting took place, this time in Brooklyn Center, a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Daunte Wright, the victim, was pulled over by police for an expired license plate. When the police discovered that Wright had an outstanding arrest warrant, they attempted to take him into custody. However, Wright resisted arrest and tried to flee the scene in his vehicle. …


This is the most effective action you can take.

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For decades now, Climate Change has been the elephant in the room. Awkwardly stuffed into the corner, this poor animal has simply been watching us as we try our best to avoid its gaze. And every time we’re forced to acknowledge its existence, the seeming intractability of the problem causes us to turn away.

This is understandable. Climate Change is a global problem that feels like it needs a global solution. But does that mean, individually, we can’t make a difference?

In his book, Doing Good Better, William MacAskill argues that…


Especially when we don’t want to hear it.

Students turn their backs on Charles Murray. Source: The Atlantic

On March 2, 2017, at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, Charles Murray was scheduled to speak. You’ve probably heard his name before. Murray has been labeled as a racist and bigot, in particular for claiming in his book The Bell Curve that there are intelligence (IQ) differences between races.

Murray had been invited to speak by a student group called the American Enterprise Club, which aimed “to promote … free enterprise, a limited federal government, a strong national defense.” …


A renaissance in meat production is upon us.

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We’ve got a problem.

By 2050, it’s estimated that there will be close to 10 billion people on this planet. That’s 2 billion more people than today. And to feed them all, we’re going to need to raise and slaughter 70%-100% more animals.

At any given moment, there are about 3 times more chickens, cows, pigs, and sheep than people. But, that number pales in comparison to the number of animals we eat. About 50 billion chickens alone are slaughtered for food each year.

So, what’s the problem? After all, we’ve always…


What we learned from heroin-addicted Vietnam War veterans and then promptly forgot.

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On May 16, 1971, a headline on the front page of the New York Times read, “G.I. Heroin Addiction Epidemic in Vietnam.” This wasn’t an exaggeration. According to a report from the Department of Defense, 51% of soldiers had smoked marijuana, 31% had used psychedelics, and 28% had done hard drugs, like cocaine and heroin.

Naturally, the U.S. Government was concerned. They feared these soldiers would continue to abuse drugs when they returned home. …


It’s not something you get “right” on your first (or fiftieth) try

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A lot has been said about “success” and “failure”. I’m sure you’ve told yourself a story or two. They’re words we throw around too often. Yes, some things have definite conclusions, like a work project, a football match, or the outcome of an election, but other things don’t. For example, you.

Despite this, what I’ve seen myself do time and time again is “pin” events with definite conclusions to me, as if I should wear either the pride or shame — depending on the outcome — for the…


It’s helped me in a way I did not expect.

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There’s nothing easy about life. There’s an unsettling lack of certainty and predictability about it all. When you wake up tomorrow morning, you don’t get to decide what happens next. If the current pandemic has taught us anything it’s that life can take twists and turns we did not expect.

That’s not to say that life is bad. Life can bring us incredible moments. Beautiful moments. It’s just that, at best, you can influence only a small piece of this world we live in. …


And what to do about it.

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Last week, a long-standing suspicion finally solidified into a full-blown belief: I am terrified of failure.

There are no two ways about it. When I think that people are counting on me, I melt like butter. I crumble like high-quality pie crust. I break down like my Hyundai Elantra.

OK — maybe it’s not that bad. But, it’s definitely not good. When I think of the volume of work I produce regularly, it’s disappointingly small. Why is that? Because I’m scared to do certain tasks. Well, why is that? …


From mind-boggling conspiracy theories to the Capitol riot, they have a lot to answer for.

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The last 12 months haven’t been the best, have they? I mean, we saw the world consumed by a pandemic. We witnessed the gruesome death of George Floyd. We watched as the number of unemployed skyrocketed. We presided over a tenuous U.S. election.

And, then, in the wee hours of 2021, we looked on as the U.S. Capitol was overrun by a violent mob, which had been all but instructed to do so by their then-president.

The last year has been a stressful time for…


Are you tired of feeling so much anger and hate?

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When we think of compassion, we imagine people devoting their lives to charities and other causes. We imagine people selflessly giving up their hopes and dreams to act solely for the good of others. We see compassion as a big, heroic act.

But, is it?

I’d bet that in the not-so-distant past, you acted compassionately. After all, compassion is simply the emotion that, in the presence of suffering, creates a desire to help. Maybe you felt the desire to help a colleague with a computer issue you knew how to…

Jeff Valdivia

Following my curiosity and hoping it will lead me to wisdom. I write about science, meditation, and spirituality.

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