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Why mass hysteria is hard-wired into our DNA

Salem witch trials: Stern Puritan men lead a young accused witch to be hanged. Her hands are bound and she looks sad.
Salem witch trials: Stern Puritan men lead a young accused witch to be hanged. Her hands are bound and she looks sad.
Thomas Satterwhite Noble , CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Over the last month, I’ve been absorbed in a podcast called Unobscured.

Created and narrated by Aaron Mahnke (best known for Lore), Season 1 of Unobscured is a deep and detailed exploration of the Salem witch trials.

In case you’re not familiar, or just need a refresher, here’s a quick summary of the trials:

The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693.

More than two hundred people were accused. Thirty were found guilty, nineteen of whom were executed by hanging (fourteen women and five men). …


Deep and meaningful quotes on life, love, and happiness

Man stares up at the beautiful stars and galaxy. Deep in thought about life.
Man stares up at the beautiful stars and galaxy. Deep in thought about life.
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I love getting lost in deep thought.

The kind of thought where you explore meaning, ponder happiness, reflect on life, and come away changed.

That’s why I created Fireside Philosophy, a free newsletter on life, love, meaning, and happiness. It’ll help you grow smarter, happier, and wiser with deep life lessons and practical words of wisdom.

It’s a place where you can step away from the stress, noise, and rush of everyday life and ponder deep ideas that make you reflect.

Below I gathered 300 deep quotes and sorted them into sections:


Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional

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When I was six years old, I got a vaccination shot during my annual check-up. It was terrifying and it hurt like hell.

During my visit, the doctor mentioned that I would get another booster shot when I turned 11. Given the pain and stress I had just gone through, I circled my 11th birthday in my mental calendar and began to dread its inevitable arrival.

Over the next five years, I worried about that booster shot a lot.

Sometimes, as I fell asleep at night, the thought of the needle would pop into my head and I’d jolt awake. …

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Todd Lincoln, MBA

Grow smarter, happier, and wiser with deep life lessons and practical words of wisdom. Join my Fireside Philosophy letter free: https://MyFireside.substack.com/

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