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2020 has been a tumultuous year, and as it comes to a close there are many questions hanging in the air about vaccines, COVID-19 mutations and what life will look like post-pandemic. Lucky for us, this year’s “20 Questions” pieces have provided nothing but answers, the best of which we’ve compiled for you here. We may not know if 2021 will bring us any relief, but for now we can take solace in the wise words of professors, journalists, activists and even a private eye.

You have written about ikigai — what is that and why write about it? Ikigai is your life’s purpose, the reason you get up in the morning. It can be something very small, like taking your dog for a walk, or your ultimate goal in life. — Ken Mogi

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