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March 6, 2012

10 ideas that are changing your life

Filed under: Culture — Mike Kueber @ 2:43 pm
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One of my favorite issues of Time magazine came is out this week.  The cover article is titled, “10 ideas that are changing your life.” 

The first of the ten ideas is especially relevant to me – “Living alone is the new norm.”  The article on this idea reports that Americans living alone comprise 28% of America’s households, which ties it with childless couples as the most common residential type and makes it more common than nuclear families, multigenerational families, and roommate/group homes.  Two significant insights from the article are the following:

  1. “Living alone, being alone and feeling lonely are hardly the same….  In fact, there’s little evidence that the rise of living alone is making more Americans lonely.”
  2. “Today, in our age of digital media and ever expanding social networks, living alone can offer even greater benefits: the time and space for restorative solitude.  This means that living alone can help us discover who we are as well as what gives us meaning and purpose.  Paradoxically, living alone might be exactly what we need to reconnect.”

The second of the ten ideas is also excellent – “Your head is in the cloud.”  The article on this idea describes how our brains are starting to think differently because the internet.  It describes the following three revelations:  

  1. When confronted with a question that we can’t answer, we immediately start thinking about where we can find the answer instead of searching our brain for the answer.
  2. When we expect that information will be easily findable later, we don’t bother to remember it.  That reminds me of, when I was young, being told that weekly calendars and schedules were excuses to forget.
  3. Instead of remembering a fact or information, our brain is now more likely to remember where we will be able to find the information.

The cloud article warns that this type of thinking may comes with risks because much thinking and reasoning require a context of facts.  Without a solid supply of stored knowledge, an individual is unable to evaluate new information.

And finally, the fourth idea is interesting – “The rise of the nones.”  It refers to the 16% of Americans who have no religious affiliation (none of the above).  This percentage, of which only 4% are atheists or agnostic, has more than doubled in the past 20 years.  The idea reminds me of an old Don Williams verse that went, “I don’t believe that heaven waits for only those who congregate.”  

Other, not-as-interesting ideas are:

  • Handprints, not footprints;
  • Food that lasts forever;
  • Black irony;
  • High-status stress;
  • Privacy in public;
  • Nature is over; and
  • Niche aging.





  1. Do you know that 32% of all statistics are made up on the spot?

    Comment by Barbie Rojas — March 6, 2012 @ 5:18 pm | Reply

  2. Gods never asked us humans to build religion. Many believe that religion is abused to control the mind of people. Bibles are old. We are new. We are born to live as a human being and not a religious person.

    But I do believe there is spiritual parent like our physical parents. And like our physical parents can’t be a religion, nor can our spiritual parents be.

    I have faced new definition of my spirit and destiny through a book called


    It’s worth a read.

    Comment by David — March 8, 2012 @ 1:13 pm | Reply

  3. The answer is obvious since it’s YOUR blog. But why are the remaining ideas not-so-interesting to you?

    Comment by Sammy Davis, Jr. — March 11, 2012 @ 4:41 pm | Reply

    • Sammy, I think you answered your own question. The things that interest a person are entirely subjective. The not-so-interesting ideas are Handprints, not footprints; Food that lasts forever; Black irony; High-status stress; Privacy in public; Nature is over; and Niche aging. I suppose if I dug deep, I could provide separate explanations for why each of those ideas doesn’t pique my interest, but I such a self-analysis didn’t interest me.

      Comment by Mike Kueber — March 11, 2012 @ 5:53 pm | Reply

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