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Too Much of a Good Thing Really is Bad for You

I heard Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers and The Tipping Point, speak a few weeks ago. He spoke about linear thinking – the idea that because we know something

Too Much of a Good Thing Really is Bad for You, Brad W. Smith photographer, LifeIsHOTBlog, arching pillars on a building, arching windows

No matter how high our heights, at some point the benefit of more levels off, and then, an inevitable decline brings us back down again.

is good for us, we assume that more of it must be better. The truth, he said, is far more complicated, and it’s important to understand that many things are only good for us up to a certain point. After that, what we know to be good things become, in our ignorance, bad things. Continue reading

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