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Dedication to a cause
Altruism

Dedication to a cause

Whether it’s rehoming abused donkeys, campaigning for the establishment of a Palestinian state, volunteering for a political party’s election campaign, or fundraising for a homeless charity, causes come in many, many forms. Getting involved with some such cause can bring great meaning to life. But why is this? Well it’s likely that for many people, … Continue reading

The givens of existence
The background

The givens of existence

Irvin Yalom suggested that there are four ‘givens of existence’ with which we must reconcile ourselves. In his words he describes these givens as ‘certain ultimate concerns, certain intrinsic properties that are a part, and an inescapable part, of the human being’s existence in the world.’ But what relevance do these givens have for our … Continue reading