03/24/2014 05:14 pm ET Updated Mar 24, 2014

The Philosophers' Guide to Calm, Part 1

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Nowadays, almost all of us wish we could be calmer. It's one of the distinctive longings of the modern age. Across history, people have tended to seek out adventure and excitement. But most of us have had a bit too much of that now. The desire to be more tranquil and focused is the new, ever more urgent priority.

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