Ideas For Solving Important Problems

Direct Democracy

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Individual Expression

For many of us, the search for our true selves is a lifelong journey of self-discovery. We meet different people from different backgrounds and cultures, put ourselves in different situations and circumstances, and see life as one big trial and error experiment that is designed to teach us more about ourselves. Each experience brings us…

Personal Development

In the MPI journey, personal development is critical. Personal development is entirely congruent with self-discovery and self-discovery is entirely congruent with the purpose of life. In the MPI philosophy (as described in Chapter 1), personal development occurs through the repetitive cycle of learning followed by action. Every time we learn something new, we have made…

Achievement: Does It Matter?

We all feel the need to achieve. We want to master a skill and show other people something that we think is a significant accomplishment. It’s our way of proving that we are useful. The more useful we appear to be in the eyes of other people the more we think people will want to…

Love: What Is It & Why Do We Need It?

Anthropologist, Helen Fisher, is a research professor and member of the Center for human evolutionary studies in the Department of anthropology at Rutgers University. Her research is focused on the evolution and future of human sex, love and marriage and gender differences in the brain and behavior. She says that her research have led her…

Friends: How Important Are They?

In 1985, when the General Social Survey polled Americans on the number of confidants they had in their lives, the most common response was three. In 2004, the same survey indicated that the most common response was zero. After completing research for this book I suggest that we pay as much attention to the state…

Income: How Much Do You Need?

Many of the survival components of the MPI life wall can be obtained with money and, if you live in the developed world, it can be very difficult to obtain them without money. In the meantime, there are other things that money can buy that go beyond survival. Some of these are things that can…

Sleep

Russell Foster is a circadian neuroscientist that studies the sleep cycles of the brain. He says (8.3) that, statistically, the average human spends 36% of their life asleep. Margaret Thatcher once famously said, “sleep is for wimps”. It’s as if sleep is an illness or an enemy.  The brain does not shut down while sleeping….

Your House Is Not Just Shelter

Once we get beyond the survival requirement for shelter we can transition your thinking into how to optimize our living environments for the ideal life that we want to live. The space that we live in is an extremely important yet extremely under-discussed subject. If we want to feel happy then we need to exist…

Science Of Imagination

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination,” Albert Einstein once said. “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” Although the use of imagination has led to many of the greatest discoveries ever made, our understanding of the science of imagination has been surprisingly limited. …