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The last word on… Embracing the unknown

In the first of his new series, Oliver Burkeman helps us deal with, and even appreciate, the uncertainties of life

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Some of life’s problems are solvable: you can leave a bad relationship or job, improve your health, or get better at managing money. Uncertainty is dierent. Nobody likes the clenched-stomach feeling of not knowing whether things will be OK – yet, as philosophers and psychologists point out throughout history, uncertainty is part of being human. None of us can see into the future, but that doesn’t mean we’re condemned to suer constant anxiety.

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