“Doing what you like is freedom.
Liking what you do is happiness.”
Narcissists are particularly dangerous people. They can be charming, intelligent, and entertaining to be around. They can be colourful characters who are attractive because they see life differently. At first it can be like a breath of fresh air to meet a narcissist, because they do not conform to the way most of us think. They have big ideas, big plans, big goals – the very things we are told to strive for in all the success self-help books we read. This is why many narcissists are successful in work and business.
Americans consume twice as many material goods today as they did 50 years ago. As a result, most homes are full of junk. This has started to raise questions in the mind of the average consumer. How often do I actually use the arc welder I bought five years ago to do one job? Do I really need seven sets of wine glasses? Why is my shed full of plant pots when I haven’t planted anything for years?
The most popular course ever at Yale? Surely Political Science, CompSci, Global Affairs, one of those? They are the courses that young, ambitious ivy leaguers need to launch their professional careers, right?
Each religion’s followers tend to believe that their religion is true and others are fake. There is a reluctance to explore other religions for fear of being ‘led astray’, and this reluctance is born of and reinforced by peer pressure, conformity and groupthink. This is why some people find objects of suspicion in things as superficial as other religions’ followers’ clothing, rituals, food, and even hairstyles.
In Copenhagen there is a two-Michelin-star restaurant called Noma which has been ranked Best Restaurant in the World by Restaurant Magazine four times. It was co-founded by René Redzepi, a Dane who had previously worked at world-famous restaurants El Bulli, The French Laundry and Le Jardin des Sens. Redzepi is a pretty serious foodie. Noma has been central in the development of a cuisine known as the New Nordic Diet.