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The Power of Anti-Platitudes

Why the way forward might actually be upside-down

Illustrations by Mark Starmach

Some things are said so often that they just ring true — “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all”, “Let’s agree to disagree”, “Good things come to those who wait”, and “M&Ms. Melts in your mouth. Not in your hands.”




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Mental health, sideways. New article monthly.

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