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Human Parts

Human Parts

Nov 2, 2020

2 min read

Your election day survival kit

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If 2020 hasn’t taught us this lesson already, we’re about to learn it: Humans have a hard time dealing with uncertainty. It evokes fear. Anxiety. An obsession with hitting “refresh” on [insert your rabbithole of choice] until the world makes even less sense than it did before.

But uncertainty also presents an opportunity. When the future is unknown, we can shape it. When worries compete for attention inside our heads, we can listen to them — or politely decline to take their calls. Most importantly, when the world feels out of control, we can control the only thing we ever could: ourselves. Here are our favorite stories about staying calm, communicating with people who disagree with you, and caring for yourself. Read them if you need to. And please vote.

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