The Town Square
The key to fixing our cities, to creating Strong Towns, is to treat them like complex, emergent systems capable of iterative change.
To address rising atomization and alienation, we must account for radical inadequacy and experiment with more totalizing communities.
Tribes and Tribulations
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With the understanding that fear is the fundamental problem in being human, we have our starting point. To pursue this quest, we must fully deconstruct anxiety, reveal its origins and mechanism, and find its resolution.
‘The School of Life’ is on a crusade to avail us of our emotional ignorance. Philosopher Alain De Botton seeks to remedy the shortcomings of contemporary education systems and the institutions that have failed to instruct us in how to approach the big questions in life.
Our cultural institutions have the story backwards. Focus on well-being instead of achievement, and success will follow.
Here are five recent research findings worth considering when weighing the wisdom of “follow your passion” or pursuing a calling in life.
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Sages and Stoics
Many in the US are experiencing emotional unwellness, while our foundational institutions are rattling. CBT can help with both.
Tradition and Progress
Nell Irvin Painter’s book identifies some of the roots of the inequality we see today, which are based on the antiquated “science” of race theory. We can use the social construct of race to address social injustices, but what do we do with the mixed legacies of race theorists?
In his newest book, God: A Human History, Reza Aslan seeks to provide an explanation for this rise of what he refers to as “the humanized God.” He proposes a more pragmatic idea of god, instead.
Just as simple technologies have been abandoned for more beneficial advancements, so should we jettison institutions, laws, philosophies, and cultures which no longer incubate human flourishing.
All important technologies must be granted the option of becoming passé. In fact, the goal behind any technology should be for it to serve well and to die young.